Reindigenized Food & Agricultural Systems

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Food and Farm Communication Fund (FFCF) envisions food and agricultural systems that are reindigenized and democratized, which means we support natural, sustainable and regenerative systems and communities that have been historically marginalized to ensure they are no longer on the margins of opportunities and resources. Over the past ten years, Food and Farm Communications Fund has been working towards this vision. Ninety-seven percent of our 112 grantee partners use and promote food and agricultural practices that are environmentally sustainable, regenerative and rooted in indigenous practices that battle climate change and ensure dignified and fair working conditions and wages. We offer the following examples of grantee partner working to ensure a resilient food system.

The Indigenous Farm Hub in Sandoval County, New Mexico is a program of the organization One Generation. The Hub offers a community supported agriculture subscription that engages Indigenous communities in creating a network of farmers and families that will vitalize local and sustainable food systems by providing access to healthy foods, building prosperity for farmers and local communities through land reclamation, and reconnecting the bond between language and culture to Indigenous practices of agriculture. FFCF specifically supported a community engagement effort focused on Indigenous food sovereignty and food access across six New Mexico pueblos and three Navajo Nation chapters.

Mālama Hulē‘ia in Lihue, Hawai'i advocates, educates, and leads community efforts to remove red mangrove along the Hule‘ia river, re-establishe native wetland ecosystems and creates an environmental stewardship program honoring Hawaiian values. FFCF supported the development of their community campaign as they work to preserve and restore 102 acres of native habitat, land, and water used for sustainable aquaculture and agriculture to increase food security of the Hawaiian islands.

Mesa Media, Inc in Polacca, Arizona revitalizes the Hopi language, which encompasses the philosophy of land stewardship maintained by Hopi people for centuries. In 2106, Mesa Media launched, Natwanit pu' nöösiwqat. This project connected intergenerational voices to educational platforms to teach Hopi food and farming techniques.