Grow Where You Are

The November topic began with learning about the Grow Where You Are project of the Extension office located on the tribal lands of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The conversation also was about the unique nature of serving a sovereign nation. 

  • The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs is the largest reservation in Oregon.
  • The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs is the only reservation in Oregon with an Extension office.
  • The Confederated Tribes of Warms Springs is three Native American tribes: Warm Springs bands, Wasco and Paiute people.

The conversations before and after the recording session with Olivia Davis, SNAP-Ed outreach coordinator and Family and Community Health educator, and Tracy Wilson, Central Oregon agricultural literacy coordinator and local liaison to the tribes, were insightful. Unfortunately, we’re unable to share those discussions, but you’ll get a glimpse of them in this month’s First Monday Update. (John Brunoe, 4-H and Family and Community Health educator, was also instrumental in the project.)

Join Interim Vice Provost Anita Azarenko as she explores one of the ways Extension is working with The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to provide residents with homegrown foods in a food desert with limited water resources during a pandemic and severe wildfire season. 

Want to learn more about the project or about serving Oregon tribes? Olivia and Tracy would enjoy hearing from you. 

The garden kit included: 

  • A raised garden box (2’x2’)
  • 4 bags of soil
  • Seeds (green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, carrots)
  • 2 marigold plants
  • OSU Extension Food Hero Vegetable informal sheets, recipes and Youth coloring pages.
  • Informal sheets on setting up the garden box and planting.

We work and live on the lands of the indigenous tribes, and Oregon State initially was funded by land taken from indigenous people. You are encouraged to explore and reflect on these articles and resources.

  • Explore the land you live on
  • Land-grab UniversitiesHigh Country News, Robert Lee and Tristan Ahtone, March 2020.
  • Ask Who Paid for America’s UniversitiesNew York Times, Tristan Ahtone and Robert Lee, May 7, 2020.
  • Books and films (list compiled by Nicole Strong, Olivia Davis and Ellise David in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day):
    • There There: a novel, by Tommy Orange 
    • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer 
    • An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    • Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources, M. Kat Anderson
    • Nch’i-Wána “The Big River” Mid-Columbia Indians and Their Land. Eugene S. Hunn and James Selam
    • The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Beth Dooley and Sean Sherman (cookbook)
    • Feeding Ourselves, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (film)
  • Support A Community of Warm Springs Artists
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