CMN Launches Gardens for Elders Project

Aug 14th, 2014 | By | Category: 26-1: Celebrating 25 Years, Tribal College News

The College of Menominee Nation (CMN, Keshena, WI) recently received a grant from First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado, to help fund its Gardens for Elders project. Designed to benefit elders from the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Gardens for Elders is an intergenerational, community- based project that focuses on helping elders grow fresh, healthy foods in their own yards with assistance from younger tribal members.

CMN intends to build a sustainable food system model that brings together various community and tribal resources to help ensure access to locally grown, healthy foods. Project organizers hope to develop partnerships with other core community agencies to construct, plant, and maintain approximately 10 raised garden beds for community elders. The participation of 10 or more Menominee youth will bring the intergenerational component to the Gardens for Elders program.

CMN President Verna Fowler calls the gardens project, “a simple and highly achievable project for providing healthy food choices to elders.” She continues, “We hope to see it become a long-term resource that not only serves the initial participants, but also encourages others within our community to return to the small, edible garden traditions that helped sustain families in the past.”

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