Village Earth Director to speak on Food Security and Sovereignty with Winona LaDuke and Rick Garcia for Earth Day

Winona LaDuke

Village Earth Director, David Bartecchi, is scheduled to speak on a panel on Food Security and Sovereignty with Winona LaDuke and Rick Garcia this Saturday, April 4th  at the Woodbine Ecology Center in Denver, Colorado. The panel is part of the Woodbine Ecology Center’s three-day conference “Honoring Mother Earth Everyday: Indigenous Models and Practices for Sustainable Communities.”

The participatory conference will focus on principles and practices, sustainable communities, food security and sovereignty, land struggles, reclaiming and regenerating our common environment, ecological health and healing, and more.

Guest Panelists include (full schedule below):

  • Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota, author, founder of White Earth Land Recovery Project, and the Indigenous Women’s Network.
  • Debra Harry, Kooyooee Dukaddo (Northern Paiute) from the Pyramid Lake Reservation in Nevada, Executive Director, Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism, and Co-Coordinator, North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
  • Louise Benally, Dine’ traditional activist from Big Mountain and health educator.
  • David Bartecchi, Executive Director of Village Earth, program director for Lakota Lands Recovery Project, trainer, organizer.
  • Rick Garcia, manager of The Urban Farm in Denver CO.
  • Mary O’ Brien, herbalist, permaculturist, and educator.
  • The Community Conversation will be co-facilitated by staff from Civic Canopy, a Denver-based inclusive network of partners working together to build stronger neighborhoods, healthier communities, and a more civil society. Furthermore, Civic Canopy will be working with WEC to hold several follow-up sessions with attendees and the general public around the greater Denver-Metro area throughout the year.

For more information and to register visit the Woodbine Ecology Center conference webpage.

Help Win an Orchard for Pine Ridge

Village Earth affiliate, Sustainable Homestead Designs, based on the Pine Ridge Reservation has entered a contest to win an orchard from Dreyer’s Fruit Bars brand and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. In order to win, they need the most votes for their project.

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You can vote once per day (please do), here’s how!

  1. Go to www.communitiestakeroot.com
  2. Find “Manderson: Sustainable Homestead Designs” by clicking on the “List by State” tab and select South Dakota.
  3. Cast your vote.

Sustainable Homestead Designs is a project whose mission is to create sustainable housing and food sovereignty on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Home to the Oglala band of Lakota Sioux, Pine Ridge Reservation is one of the poorest reservations in the poorest county in the country. Rate of diabetes are staggeringly high in part due to lack of access to healthy food. Our homestead model site is located in the middle of the reservation in the White Horse Creek community, close to the community of Manderson that includes about 1000 residents. The closest shopping is 35 miles away in the town of Pine Ridge. The local grocery store does offer a small selection of fresh produce but supply is often limited and the quality poor. Organic produce is not available anywhere on the reservation. For organic produce and greater selection residents must travel 90 miles to Rapid City, a trip that is prohibitively expensive for most families. A fruit tree orchard in this location would offer a great resource to the people of Manderson and White Horse Creek by creating access to fresh organic produce as well as educational opportunities through workshops and classes that will be hosted on site. Further, it will create a wonderful launch pad from which we can initiate more orchards throughout the community and the reservation so that an even greater population can be served.

For more information please visit: www.sustainablehomesteaddesigns.org.