The goal of the collaborative Klamath River Basin Food Security Project is to re build  a sustainable food system that supports healthy communities, healthy ecosystems and healthy economies among the Karuk, Klamath and Yurok Tribes.

Building Food Security in the Klamath: December 2015 - January 2016
Bread University student kneads her own!

Ayukîi, Aiy-ye-kwee', Waqlisi, Hello!
Getting ready for the holidays? No better time to learn about, prepare, or support community access to more fresh, local, and traditional foods! In this issue: a year-end Food Security wrap-up, a vision for how we can get local students excited about cultural foods, and as always, free events courtesy of your local Tribal Food Security team. The newsletter will be back in February 2016. Until then, happy holidays and best wishes for a peaceful New Year!  

Have an item for the newsletter? Send it to Edith in the Berkeley office. Thanks!

Photos this issue by: Grant Gilkison, Perri McDaniel, Megan Mucioki, Ramona Taylor, Jennifer Sowerwine
Message from the Project Director
Project Director Jennifer Sowerwine

As 2015 comes to a close, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on all that we have been able to accomplish this year thanks to the incredible energy, dedication, and commitment from all our Tribal and community partners, students, post-docs and staff. This year we achieved many new milestones together, and took important steps towards reaching others. Just a few of the many accomplishments include:

  • Launching our Tribal Food System Assessment: 21 focus groups in 9 locations, 46 interviews with cultural practitioners, tribal staff, farmers and other stakeholders, and 668 food system surveys completed to date (and they're still coming in!).
  • Organizing more than 40 Food Security Events including workshops, classes and training on growing, irrigation, canning, plant collection, preserving, baking, butchering, both traditional and non-traditional foods reaching hundreds of community members up and down the river. Just last week Bread University reached 70 people in time for holiday baking!
  • Sharing the results of our project at Conference Presentations including the California Indian Conference at UC Berkeley, the Humboldt Food Policy Council's Food Deserts Symposium, the International Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries & Museums Conference in Washington DC, and the upcoming Intertribal Agriculture Council Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.
  • Working with Tribal Youth through seasonal camps, 4-H, school and community gardens (augmented by a Karuk/MKWC Farm to School grant), the K-12 Native food system curriculum development, and the third annual inter-tribal exchange at the Klamath First Foods Celebration, among others.
  • We've also made huge strides toward establishing two Tribal Herbaria, and successfully "soft-launched" the Sípnuuk Digital Library.

As we enter into 2016, I look forward to drawing upon the strength of our collective efforts to continue building our momentum toward enhanced Tribal health and food sovereignty in the Klamath Basin.
Thank you all again for all your great work and have a wonderful and peaceful holiday.

Raffle winner with Klamath Tribes FS Coordinator Perri McDaniel
raffle winnerwith KTFHS Health Planning Director Shawn Jackson
 Baskets with local and traditional foods are going out this week to 15 of the 668 people who sent in completed Food Assessment Surveys. Thank you everyone for your help!
Support our Tribal Gardens
We are crowd-funding for Food Security garden projects, on the SeedMoney fundraising site. SeedMoney will match the first projects that raise $400 by December 15th. A little goes twice as far - if you can help out, please do!
Please check out the links and forward them widely:

Teaching More Youth About Traditional Foods
They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but they must not have meant Injun dogs: in our fourth year of Food Security work, we're seeing the potential of a new approach! 

While the Karuk Tribe has been piloting Native Food System lessons in schools, and has had great success collaborating with Mid-Klamath Watershed C ouncil on our Ishkêesh'tunviiv - River Kids After School Program (big thanks to tribal liaison Grant Gilkison), we are especially excited about our new outdoor work with school classes.
Our offer to host students at nearby campgrounds re plete with Native food and fiber resources was met with quick replies: Absolutely! We will make this happen! Over the course of the fall, classes met up with our Food Security staff and Cultural Practitioners to gather and process acorns, fish with traditional dipnets on the river, and harvest and process woodwardia fern and huckleberries.
With four participating schools, and nine different activities, we reached almost 200 youth! Student appraisal? One tribal youth summed it up: "This is SO much fun! This is so much FUN!!!" School administrators and staff also valued the natural and culturally appropriate manner of educating youth. As a result, we've changed our focus: this is where we want to invest more time. With our time and expertise, we can help school districts eager for these programs, as well as those unaware that food lessons can be both culturally appropriate and academically challenging. Who wins? As in so many cases, even when old dogs learn something new: we all win.
-- Lisa Hillman, Karuk Tribe Food Security Coordinator

Upcoming Events on the River
Shiitake Mushrooms Workshop
Karuk Tribe
The Karuk Tribe invites all community members to join us in harvesting and processing traditional foods (December) and traditional land management and food processing (January). Specific dates below, all activities subject to change due to weather. Contact Food Security Coordinator Lisa Hillman or Ron Reed for more information or to sign up, 530-627-3446.
  • Traditional Food Harvesting/ Processing with Karuk Food Crew, 9 am - 3 pm Dec 8, 9, 10, 15, and 22 at Karuk Department of Natural Resources office in Orleans, CA. Help harvest our traditional foods!
  • Medicinal Plant Harvesting/ Processing with the Karuk Food Crew. 9 am - 3pm Dec  7, 14, 17 (special Pepperwood Nut Poultice Processing), 29 and 30th, Karuk DNR, Orleans, CA. 9 am - 3 pm Dec 3, 16, Karuk Tribal TANF Office, Happy Camp, CA.

  • Traditional Land Management and Food Processing, 9am - 3pm, January 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, and 28 at Karuk DNR, Orleans, CA. 10am - 3pm, Jan 13 and 27, Happy Camp TANF Office.
Klamath  Tribes  
Canning Workshop - We'll be canning game meat, huckleberries, and pie filling for the holidays! Light dinner will be served. Thurs Dec 3, 3-7:30pm at KlamathCounty Extension, 6923 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls OR.  This workshop is FULL, but we'll have another one after the holidays - call Food Security Program Coordinator Perri McDaniel, 541-882-1487 ext 235 for more information and to sign up.
  • Kids bored after school gets out? Youth Rising and the Food Security Project will be offering middle and high school kids after school activities beginning in January. Call Perri for more information.
Yurok Tribe
Gardening - Winter activities in the Weitchpec garden! Wednesdays, 8:30am - 12:30pm. For more information call Jeannette at 530-625-4130.  To find out what's happening on the coast, call Chris Peters, 707-464-1852.
Mid Klamath Watershed Council
Tree Pruning Workshop - coming up in January in Happy Camp. Fo r more information call Foodsheds Outreach Coordinator Grant Gilkison, 530-627-3202.


This project is supported by the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture 

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Food Security Grant # 2012-68004-20018