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SOTS - Herbal Gardens Wellness - Summer Associates
Access to traditional ways of organic and wild crafted (gathering) of foods and medicine and loss of hunting wild game is a major factor affecting the health of Native individuals and communities. While a variety of factors contribute to qualities and quantities of food consumed; the food environment, including limited finances and geographic proximity to healthy food sources impacts access to positive health outcomes. The loss of access to Native food sources from the wild and Americanized cooking methods in addition to the amount of chemicals present in food sources impacts diet-related health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Food “access” can be divided into three main categories; ancestral and traditional wisdom loss due to relocation and loss of tradition as a result of the 1956 Relocation Act (nutrition and cooking knowledge), economic (poverty, food prices), and geographic (distance to healthy food retailers and loss of gathering and foraging and hunt grounds). The main barrier in our community to eating healthier foods, such as fruits and vegetables is the price, followed by time limitations to buy and prepare fresh food, availability of fresh food, the quality of fresh food, and the distance to gardens or retailers with fresh food. The additional loss of tradition and ceremony in connection to food sources damages identity and causes higher stress markers in our population.Our proposed summer program will target the three main categories and design activities that overcome our main barriers to eating healthier food sources, utilizing traditional education (oral tradition) to incorporate ceremony and strengthen connections to assist in overcoming the challenges of American Modern Societal occupation and colonization causing assimilation and acculturation factors such as addiction and depression.
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Member Duties : 1. Involvement and assistance in providing instruction of Herbal Gardens Wellness Native and STEM Science Activities with Youth participants who are 18-24 years old. 2. Assisting in maintaining local Adams-12, Four Winds American Indian Council gardens, grant-writing and in-kind donations for a green house, orchards, and gardens. 3. Assisting in the development of the Herbal Gardens Wellness departments by providing office support, cleaning, and set-up for tabling events. 4. Assisting in the Summer Tall Bull Immersion cultural camp, community meals, and activities involved during Summer Pow-Wows or community events. This provides the opportunity to become community health and environmental educators. 5. Assisting in Herbal Gardens Wellness Research in addition to Herbal Ecology American Institute of Integrative Herbalism to document and protect the current Native plant species in the four corners area and assist with magazine articles, blogs, and presentations.
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Tribal ,  Environment ,  Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Health . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  General Skills ,  Environment . 
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SOTS - Herbal Gardens Wellness - Summer Associates

Program Start/End Date
06/13/2018  -   08/20/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations COLORADO  

Accepting Applications
From  06/12/2018  To  06/13/2018 

Contact Shannon Francis
8671 Wolff Ct
Westminster   CO   80031
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 80183