An Indigenous-led nonprofit in Utah called Utah Diné Bikéyah has launched a new program to enhance food access for those living in remote parts of the Navajo Nation. This “Seeds and Sheep” program mails indigenous seed packets to families so that they can grow their own culturally relevant food at home (distribution of a traditional breed of sheep is expected to begin in the fall). Over 300 families have benefited so far. This effort links with a longer-term goal in many Native American communities to promote traditional foods and Native food sovereignty broadly. The pandemic has fueled this movement, especially as grocery stores face shortages. This seed distribution program can be replicated on other reservations or in other rural areas where food supply chains have been disrupted. #covid-19 #foodsecurity #rural
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