Community Food News

Young Santee Artist Grows Hobby into Income

Shaylana Lewis, a proud member of the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, first learned to bead at the tender age of 11 by Donelle La Pointe, her Dakota language teacher from Marty, South Dakota.

Now 19 years old, Lewis is still beading. She says beading brings her to a calm and positive state. Lewis beads jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, rings, headbands and does custom orders. But what originally started out as a hobby has now turned into a lucrative opportunity to make a small income on the side. 

Food Environment on the Rural Great Plains

Jon M Bailey looks at food access and security in rural and non-rural counties of the Great Plains. 

Food is a major component of health and healthy living. Consumption of healthy foods and a balanced diet will limit obesity, accompanying health issues, and premature death. But not all people have equal access to healthy foods or live in a healthy food environment.

Kids and Carrots

Nothing says happy and healthy like an image of children gardening, harvesting, and eating carrots, beets, cabbages, cucumbers, etc. The Summer “Out of School” Program students in Fremont, Nebraska got to do just that when they helped create an After School Garden at Linden Elementary in Fremont.
 

8 Steps to Help Small Town Grocery Stores

Everyone needs to eat. Having a grocery store is more than just a place to buy food. It’s a necessity for any vibrant town. You can’t have a thriving community without healthy, energetic people eating good food. People look for a grocery store when deciding where to live, and residents will be more likely to stay in your town with a grocery store close by. 

Is your town’s grocery store struggling? Or have you lost your grocery store? Here are some simple first steps to get a handle on that situation. 

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