Our community is a food desert and diabetes and preventable diseases are at the highest rates in the country. In 2014 we conducted a Oglala Lakota Nation Food System Assessment to better understand what our community needs are around food. The assessment guided our work in creating a Food Sovereignty Initiative to work towards improving the following goals:
The Food Sovereignty Initiative includes:
We aim to create a local food system to increase access to healthy foods and increase economic opportunity through agriculture. Ultimately this will create a healthier community.
"This Food Sovereignty Initiative will create change on the Pine Ridge Reservation through the creation of a scalable and viable food system."