Community Food News

Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market Returns

The Santee Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market will return to the Santee Sioux Reservation on July 25 at the Ohiya Casino and Resort from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. The market will be held every Saturday from August through October.

Along with fresh, locally grown produce (grown right in Santee), much more will be available. You'll find fresh baked goods including Amish goods, Indian tacos and other prepared foods, jams and jellies, and hand-made Native American crafts.

Let’s Talk Food Policy

Amy Radding, former Rural Community Foods Systems Specialist at the Center for Rural Affairs and currently a grant writer for us, contributed this article.

What governs our food system? In the United States, we have a huge array of laws, policies, and regulations at the federal, state, and local levels that affect how food is grown, processed, labeled, and sold, all the way from the farm to your plate. Collectively, this is called “food policy.”

Growing Farm to School Programs

Farm to school programs offer children better, fresher, more nutritious, and more local food choices that empower children and their families learn more about the food on their plates and make better food choices. These programs also help strengthen rural and small town economies by creating economic opportunities for local farmers and ranchers as well as local food processors.

Food Baskets and Farmers Market Build Momentum with Omaha and Santee

Since I started work for the Center for Rural Affairs in November 2013, I have been both at the “beginning” and the “later” stages of two garden projects. They are for the Santee Sioux and Omaha Tribes in Northeast Nebraska.

The Santee Garden to Market Project started in 2011 with establishment of 15 gardens. It included the launch of the first-ever Santee farmers market. Our gardeners were able to bring their fresh produce to the market for sale.


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