Restoring Native Foodways
Improve the physical and cultural health of Native community members
living in the Bay Area, Northern California, and beyond.
Revitalize Native plant species, and the rich cultural knowledge of stories, songs, recipes,
and practices that go with traditional foodways.
Improve health and environmental justice in the Bay Area Native community
through our regional and global partnerships with Tribes, Indigenous Peoples,
and non-Native allies.
Our teaching garden
Through our partnerships with Indigenous communities and the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden, College of Marin, and Conservation Corps North Bay, The Cultural Conservancy provides unique opportunities for the cross-tribal, cross-generational Native community to come together and share foods, Indigenous farming knowledge, stories, and songs. We co-steward 1.5 acres of land, including a Three Sisters Foodway Garden with culturally significant, heirloom varieties of indigenous food plants, including Seneca White Corn, Tepary Beans, Taos Blue Hubbard Squash, Quinoa, Hopi Blue Dye Sunflowers, and other native foods and medicines. Additionally, we started an Ethnobotany Teaching Garden with local, culturally-significant plants: Manzanita, Soap Root, Oregon Grape, and Elderberry.
OUR NATIVE COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA) WORK
Fresh, organic produce and native foods delivered each month by youth interns to local Native youth groups, health and cultural centers, and families in the Bay Area. Through our Native CSA Intern Program, youth learn about the intricacies of native and organic foods, organic farming, and bring their knowledge to community members while delivering fresh produce from the farm to urban site locations.
We host and produce intensive and public workshops with Native chefs, nutritionists, Indigenous knowledge holders, and organic farmers centered on Native agriculture and nutrition, diabetes prevention, native foods cooking, native California plant ethnobotany, as well as planting, and harvesting. Those involved in our CSA work as well as other Tribal community members are encouraged to attend.
NATIVE SEED LIBRARY
We are creating a management system to store and protect native heirloom seeds that are increasingly rare and endangered. Seeds are the true wealth of sustainable agriculture and Native American plant-based foods. We currently have seeds to share — get in touch if you are in need!
Photo credits on this page: Kaylena Bray, Mateo Hinojosa, Melissa K. Nelson, Loren Risley, Nícola Wagenberg.