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

Danita Macy

Oregon State University Extension

Theme Team role- Tribal Liaison

Danita Macy currently serves as the SNAP-Ed /Family & Community Health Program Coordinator at Oregon State University Extension for the Urban Indigenous programs and OSU Statewide Food Preservation Liaison to the 9 federally recognized Tribes in Oregon. Danita is Anishinaabe/Algonquin Metis/ Basque/Welsh. For the last 35 years, her work has been centered on enhancing the health and wellness of Indigenous communities creating strong healthy food systems, uplifting cultural food traditions, and supporting Indigenous Agriculture, food businesses and food sovereignty initiatives through local and statewide Native-serving coalitions and collaboratives. To further these efforts, she has worked with; Oregon Farm to School (OF2S), Tahoma Peaks Solutions, Community Development Society, Indian Health Board, Native American Youth and Family Services (NAYA) many valuable supportive elders, and Community Health Workers. As part of the Indigenous Peoples Workgroup (IPWG) at OSU she supports colleagues in creating tribal-led educational materials and building respectful native partnerships. She is currently working with OSU colleagues and Tribal partners to modify how the well-established Master Food Preserver program and certifications are meted out; to include diversity, equity, and inclusion.
She is a newer member of The Tribal Food Safety Alliance which offers education, training, and technical assistance for tribal food growers, processors/manufacturers, and tribal nations.
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