At To Lani Enterprises we’re planting seeds this spring in the usual way and by way of a crowd funding campaign to help grow and share good food across our little corner of the reservation.
“Grow Our Own” will bring in much needed funds to keep what we’ve started going.
If you haven’t been by the Enterprise office lately, please come visit to see what’s going on.
You’ll see that the fruit orchard we planted last year is budding. The used hoop house we found is full of greens, tomatoes, chilies, garlic and onions watered by rain caught from our office roof. We have plans for a high tech greenhouse, new beds, summer youth Green Teams to help us here and to build gardens around the community, and a new food co-op to share what we’re growing.
On top of all that, we’re hosting an organic gardening course with “12 Heirlooms” (Navajo and Hopi students)—working together on building soil, planting, and growing… It’s amazing. 12 students that will take the knowledge and plant it in their communities.
Grow Our Own will help us keep the momentum going. We will build more garden beds, work with more youth in gardens to learn skills and traditional stories, form summer youth Green Teams that will work with families to build home gardens and help families start growing their own food again.
The food system on the Navajo Nation is broken. There is only 10 “supermarket” type grocery stores on a reservation that has a population of nearly 174,000 people spread out over more than 27,000 square miles, (an area the size of West Virginia). Most people drive over 80 miles round trip in order to purchase fresh produce. One out of every three people here have or are at risk of diabetes. Although there is demand for traditional foods, few farmers are growing food like in the old days.
Healthy food and active lifestyles help to reduce the risk of diabetes.
We want to make a change and want to ask you to be a part of it.
Your contribution can help accomplish these initiatives:
• Build 20 more garden beds
• Finish our greenhouse with stronger fabric, shade and fans
• Catch and store scarce rain to water the gardens and trees
• Teach and mentor 20 young people how to garden this summer
• Share and sell real, local, healthy food in a new Local Food Co-op
Be a part of the growing grassroots movement to rebuild Indigenous communities from the ground up.