The full conference program, including the on-demand Traditional Foods, Culinary, and Production/Policy Workshops, is available on the Intertribal Agriculture Council’s E-Learning Platform. Find more info on accessing this platform by registering for the event at no cost: www.intertribalfoodsummit2020.eventbrite.com.
We are excited to release this event summary schedule. A full detailed schedule of all presentations will be released early next week. Please remember to register at https://intertribalfoodsummit2020.eventbrite.com. There is no-cost to register for Tribal community members, producers, staff, and partners. Canadian First Nations are also welcome and encouraged to attend.
How to Attend?
There are a couple ways to attend and participate in this Virtual Intertribal Food Summit:
Live Zoom roundtables and livestreams to facebook. See the schedule for these live events and make sure you are registered to receive the event links and latest information
Use the Resiliency through Agriculture E-Learning Platform on MightyNetworks to access workshops, recorded content, and other resources. Simply navigate to mightynetworks.com in your web browser or the free mobile app and search for “Intertribal Agriculture Council” and request to join. There is a dedicated workshop, “Virtual Intertribal Food Summit” for this event.
The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) has been working to advocate for expanded support to Tribal agricultural producers and communities struggling with the COVID crisis, as well as longer-term support to strengthen resiliency. These efforts are an extension of IAC’s leadership in the Native Farm Bill Coalition whose advocacy led to a record number of Tribal provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Your involvement in taking a short survey can help support these efforts because the gathered information is being used to identify areas of need and support strategy development. There are four short surveys (producer, Tribal leader, food retailer/distributor, and American Indian Foods Program participants), so please take the relevant survey(s).
The deadlines have been extended for the Grower and Rancher/Stockman Challenges until Sunday, June 21st to give additional time for summit participants to complete entries. Also check out the Youth Challenge that is open until July 5th.
Traditional planting sticks are an excellent tool for planting seeds, transplanting plants, and many other tasks in the garden or field. The small notch is for you foot, turning the planting stick into essential a small shovel.
The number of planting stick blanks is limited. We will do our best to meet demand, but we cannot guarantee availability. The material fee is $50 plus shipping for these hard maple or hickory blanks that are ready for you to finish to your own custom planting stick. Payment will go directly to the woodworkers who created and will be shipping the blanks.
To be eligible to signup for this workshop, you must be 1) be registered for the Virtual Intertribal Food Summit (http://intertribalfoodsummit2020.eventbrite.com) on June 20th and 2) be a member of a Tribal community. Priority will be given to those who have submitted an entry into the Grower Challenge.
We will be posting a short workshop tutorial on recommendations for finishing your planting stick with basic tools available from your local hardware or farm supply store. A couple other tool recommendations may be purchased from online woodworking stores.
“As land stewards responsible for feeding communities, we rely heavily on our livestock animals. We’re asking our Native livestock producers across the country to share a 2-3 minute video featuring their operation.
Share your insight to some of the following:
1) How have your livestock been able to help you in land stewardship?
2) What’s been the most innovative approach or recent shift in your management to promote soil health? How has it helped?
3) What are three priorities that you look for when choosing reproduction livestock?
4) When you harvest your livestock, how do you help to feed your community? (Do you sell/distribute it locally? Is there a local butcher that you use? etc.)
To enter share your video online and tag #iacRancherChallenge and #IntertribalFoodSummit. All submissions received by June 20th will be entered in a drawing for three (3) separate $200 Visa Gift Cards. Who wouldn’t appreciate $200 to spend at the local feed coop or to cover some butcher processing fees?
What are you growing this year, and how are you planting? Since we can’t all come together for in person events, we want to encourage everyone to share what you’re doing.
The Grower Challenge prizes include planting sticks, cooking paddles, and elm bark baskets for the best entries that will be evaluated on 1) overall quality, 2) educational information that can help other growers, and 3) innovative approaches to planting and addressing common farming and gardening problems. All growers, whether farmers or gardeners, are welcome and encouraged to enter.
Enter this contest by 1) posting your video, pictures, and stories to social media with the hashtag #intertribalfoodsummit and 2) send an email to dan@IndianAg.org with the subject heading “Grower Challenge” and also include your Tribe.
Winners will be featured as part of the Virtual Intertribal Food Summit. Check back for additional challenges for ranchers and harvesters in the next few days.
Registration is now open for the Virtual Intertribal Food Summit on June 20th. This event is intended for Tribal members, agricultural producers, and staff working in Indian agriculture. And, stay tuned for the first announcement of speakers and workshops.
We are excited to announce the first event Virtual Intertribal Food Summit. While it’s going to be difficult to replicate the sensory experiences of past in-person events, this virtual format offers new opportunities to expand connections on a broader scale while working to expand and strengthen relations and providing essential educational support.
This virtual event will be a combination of online workshops, challenge activities (i.e. share your own cooking demo or document your planting strategies), and live roundtables. The event will be June 20th, but we will have additional content leading into and following the event.
The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) is hosting the event in partnership with the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NASFA) and the University of Arkansas’ Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI), in addition to regional partners including the Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (WTCAC) and Michigan State University Extension.
Interested in getting involved? We’ll have multiple opportunities for both individuals and organizations. The event will be using the hashtag #foodsummit for all social media and other online posts.