Mishtaadim- Anishinaabe Youth Horse Farming and Community programs

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2024: $6,000.00
Projected End Date: 02/15/2026
Grant Recipient: Anishinaabe Agriculture
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Manager:
Winona LaDuke
Anishinaabe Agriculture
Project Co-Managers:
Kara Knowles
Anishinaabe Agriculture


No commodities identified


No practices identified

Proposal abstract:

We have five Indigenous and organic farms in the Crow Wing and
White Earth reservation area which provide food to our villages,
our cultural events, ceremonies, and markets. We wish to deepen
the work on these farms with horses. We have a  youth
horsemanship program, our Green Riders Program, and now plan to
integrate our youth horse programs with our farming programs
through training in fish emulsion, manure spreading, various
small and larger scale cultivating equipment, and seasoned
farmers, including Amish farmers as neighbors.  We
understand that the carbon footprint of our horse farming is

Project objectives from proposal:

l. Increase horse farming activities to five acres in 2024, on
these farms. 

2. Increase the youth farming experience of 8 youth, lead horse
people, with training by Kara and others by 8 sessions on fields,
with additional emerging youth horse riders, learning from this
experience and understanding that horse power with horses is a
viable farming system. 

3. Produce food using these methods for our village, delivered by
horse and wagon.

4. Develop a video and set of media on this amazing work to share
in social media and with youth programs in tribal communities in
our region. 


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