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Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Growing Native Foods and Developing an Ethnobotanical Garden

Since the inception of the IVOF&G, two acres have been reserved for an ethnobotanical garden. Our partner The Cultural Conservancy has been consulting with local Coastal Miwok, Southern Pomo and Wahpo tribes and elders about the potential layout of the garden, and which plant species to establish. Plans for the garden include medicine plants, food plants, and fiber and basketry plants. In addition we will be building social spaces and outdoor Tule structure classrooms into the garden.

The Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT) project of Slow Foods USA brought seven of the country’s most prominent education, conservation, and food organizations together to identify and restore America’s endangered heritage foods.  We are honored to be growing some of these endangered heritage crops as part of our Native Foodways program at IVOF&G.

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Providing Nutritious Food to Tribal Communities in the Bay Area

IVOF&G provides Community Supported Agriculture boxes for several tribal communities. The Cultural Conservancy distributes these boxes weekly and then also provides cooking and nutrition lessons to tribal members. We’re excited that we are doubling the number of boxes that we are distributing to tribal communities in 2015.

“The future of our individual and collective health and vitality depends on reclaiming and creating healthy food traditions.” — Melissa Nelson, President, The Cultural Conservancy

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Workshops and Special Events

In partnership with The Cultural Conservancy, we host regular workshops in Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Native Foodways. For workshops open to the public, please check out our calendar page. corn

Click here to read an article describing the work we are doing with The Cultural Conservancy, and click here for a video documentary of this work, “Seeds of Our Ancestors.”