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Summer Food Sovereignty Program
Located on the Rosebud Reservation in south-central South Dakota, the Food Sovereignty Initiative (FSI) works to build an indigenous food system that promotes health, self-reliance, and sustainability for the Sicangu Lakota Oyate. The colonization of the Lakota people brought about a radical shift in diet and lifestyle, which has led to an alarming increase in rates of type II diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. The FSI operates on the individual and community levels to grow a food system that reflects Lakota virtues and culture. This includes operating a one-acre community garden, sponsoring a weekly farmers market, working with elders to revitalize traditional foods/medicines and knowledge, and developing educational programs for the community. Our VISTA members will help to grow our organization in a way that will ensure it can be sustained over many years. We are a small staff, and our VISTA will play an important role in developing our programs and our ability to impact our community members in a good way. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to dive deeply into their work, and to invest themselves in a community and an organization.
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Member Duties : Associates will gain a host of tangible skills related to growing, processing, and preserving food, and will learn how to teach these skills to the wider community. We have designed this service opportunity as a 10 week crash course in food sovereignty. Associates will staff the Keya Wakpala Community Garden, providing regular maintenance and upkeep, as well as assisting in mentoring of high school youth employees. Associates will help to plan and implement events in the garden, inviting the wider community to come and participate. Associates will help staff and operate the weekly farmers' market, managing the CFSI booth and helping to plan in-market programming, such as cooking demonstrations, samplings, and entertainment. Associates will participate in traditional food harvests, and will help lead excursions of local youth to pick wild foods.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Fresh garden food available ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community Outreach ,  Environment ,  Tribal ,  Children/Youth ,  Hunger ,  Health ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Recruitment ,  Public Speaking ,  Public Health ,  Community Organization ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Communications ,  Leadership ,  Youth Development ,  Trade/Construction ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  General Skills . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Summer Food Sovereignty Program

Program Start/End Date
06/01/2019  -   08/31/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations SOUTH DAKOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  03/16/2020  To  05/15/2020 

Contact Michael Prate
27565 Research Park Drive
Mission   SD   57555
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 73069