We returned 10 varieties of traditional Seeds in collaboration with Seed Savers Exchange and Native Seeds S.E.A.R.C.H. to 17 Diné families including 7 Elders.
What challenges did or does your project face?
Supplying traditional Seeds gets us only so far. Diné families continue to struggle with extreme resource extraction, colonial laws and access to their native lands. On top of having the sustained energy to tend the fields during the growing season.
How are you working to overcome them?
We curated a new zine (educational literature) about joining the Diné Supporters Network so more folks can get involved and hopefully support with the roles of tending gardens. The zine is called Sacred Land and includes current groups and initiatives folks can collaborate with.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
To reach out to Diné folks we support in our other programs like free herbal clinics and let them know we acquired traditional Seeds available to them. 13 families responded that they do garden and now have received Seeds!