Connecting, Strengthening and Scaling Food Supply Chains in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region

Livy Lewis

Wind River Food Sovereignty Project

The Wind River Food Sovereignty Project is a project of The Center for Popular Research, Education and Policy (501c3). The project was started in 2018 with the goal of increasing the supply of healthy food on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming by supporting community based food production. We run the Wind River Farmers Market in both summer and winter, work with Central Wyoming College to support Indigenous students in pursuing education in Agriculture and regenerative growing. Our main focus is to support individual Native growers, both small, existing operations and new producers working to produce food for farmers markets. We have collaborated with University of Wyoming Extension, Central Wyoming College, the Intertribal Ag Council, Indigenous Food and Ag Initiative, USDA NRCS, and individual producers to offer gardening, ag business development, soil health, food preservation and food safety courses to Wind River Producers and consumers. In the future we plan to increase food production on a small community farm and create storage and transportation infrastructure to connect Native producers to larger markets.
We work with partners across the state including the Wyoming Food Coalition and the partners listed above. Our work fits well with supporting underserved stakeholders/producers and scaling food enterpreneurs.
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