Building on an Indigenous Community Food Orchard/Garden and a multicultural New Roots Farm Incubator Cooperative, this project will introduce youth to careers in regenerative and sustainable agriculture and native habitat restoration utilizing a 10-step k-20 project-based Earth Partnership and Indigenous Arts & Sciences curriculum developed in Wisconsin and Minnesota collaboration with local schools, tribal and community colleges and universities. The project involves students, teachers & community members in habitat restoration, food production on schoolyards, and nearby natural areas. Outcomes will include increased agricultural and environmental awareness/literacy, including regenerating, soil health, carbon sequestration, bio-remediation, perennial crops, pollinators, and other ecosystem services.
Project objectives from proposal:
- Students, teachers, and community increase sustainable farming/habitat restoration skills through hands-on work with farmers, and natural resource practitioners reinforced by practical work at school/community demonstration sites.
- Youth introduced to sustainable ag and natural resource career opportunities through meetings with farmers, grocers, chefs, landscape, and natural resource practitioners.
- Students learn regenerative agriculture and ecological restoration practices through the Earth Partnership curriculum across… place, ecosystem, culture, age, learning style, subject, objectives & standards.
- Youth participate in farmers’ markets and environmental, agriculture, and health fairs and events and share project results through a conference presentation and social media.