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Building Food Security in the Klamath: February 2017
New bakers pay attention at last month's Bread Workshop. Photo by Grant Gilkison.
Ayukîi, Aiy-ye-kwee', Waqlisi, Hello!  

Happy New Year! We're starting 2017 off by taking care of our trees and learning about seeds. It's the planning time of year - we're planning a Chicken Tractor workshop series, Seed to Supper classes, and more ways you can learn to grow and get more native and delicious food for your family! We hope to see you soon.

With best wishes from all of us at the Food Security Program! 

Chris Peters,, 707-464-1852
Crescent City and Klamath, CA (Yurok Tribe)

Grant Gilkison,, 530-627-3446 ( for Youth Camps, Community Gardens, Herbaria, Food Crews, Native Foods Workshops, Orchards, and Ishkêesh'túnviiv)
Orleans, Happy Camp, and Yreka, CA (Karuk Tribe)

Heather Campbell,, 530-627-3202
Orleans and Happy Camp, CA (Mid Klamath Watershed Council)

Lisa Hillman,, 530-627-3446 (for Pikyav Field Institute, K-12 Curriculum, and Sípnuuk Digital Archive)
Orleans, Happy Camp, and Yreka, CA (Karuk Tribe)

Perri McDaniel,, 541-882-1487 x 235
Chiloquin and Klamath Falls, OR (Klamath Tribes)

Got news? Tell Edith in the Berkeley office:, 510-643-9534.

Grant Gilkison explains Orleans afterschool program.
Grant describes the Orleans After School program to a visitor. Photo by Edith Friedman. 

articleSúva nik* Grant!

Grant Gilkison, Outreach Coordinator Extraordinaire for the Mid Klamath Watershed Council, is leaving his position. But he's not going far - we're happy to share that he'll be the new Food Security Coordinator with the Karuk Tribe! (The Food Security Division is now part of the new Píkyav Field Institute.)

MKWC Foodsheds Program Director Mark Dupont summed up Grant's approach to his work in a recent Facebook post: "I have seen Grant Gilkison go to bat for his people and community in a million ways, from organizing events, to building bridges, collaborating, protesting, connecting people, making sure young kids have warm jackets, get to school, have something to do after; making sure bigger kids get into college, get a scholarship and a place to stay, facilitating a warm meal or a shopping trip or a home for those who need it, going to Standing Rock, coming back, doing whatever needs to be done..."

Pikyav Program Manager Lisa Hillman said, "We have been working with Grant as one of our main Mid Klamath Watershed Council partners on the  Food Security Grant since the project began over four years ago, and know him to be a tremendous advocate for tribal youth, food security, and our local communities. We are delighted to have him on board."

Staff, volunteers, and participants are what make the Food Security Project succeed, and we're glad we don't have to say goodbye. Instead, we'll say * see you later Grant!
This Month on the River

Karuk Tribe

It's pruning time! Please come out and help our Food Security Technicians keep up with orchard maintenance needs in February. Not sure how? We'll show you! You are also invited to our continuing Food Security programs every Monday - Thursday in Orleans, CA and Happy Camp, CA. All programs weather dependent! Questions? ask Grant Gilkison, 530.627.3446.

Regular activities include:
  • Orchard Pruning (Mondays, Tuesdays, some Wednesdays)
  • Herbarium Collection/Mounting (Thursdays except 2/16)
  • Basketry continues in Happy Camp (Sundays) and Orleans (Thursdays)

Upriver Pruning Workshop - 11am - 2pm, 2/8 in Happy Camp, CA.

Native Plant Propagation Workshop and Garden Workday - 10am - 2pm, 2/10 at the Day Pay Memorial Garden in Orleans, CA. Lunch provided.

Happy Camp Gardens,
10am - 4 pm, 2/22, TANF Gardens, Happy Camp, CA.

Storytelling and Tea: Winter Youth Camp, 10am - 2:45, for Junction Elementary School and Orleans Elementary School. 

Klamath Tribes

Seed to Supper Classes
- Our free 6 week classes give beginning gardeners the tools you need to start a garden and grow your own food on a budget! Thursdays in Chiloquin, OR, beginning March 2; Tuesdays in Klamath Falls, OR, beginning March 7. Reserve your spot now! Call Perri McDaniel, or 541-882-1487 x 235

Attention, High School Students (and anyone looking for service or volunteer hours): we need YOUR help to rebuild our compost bins, get garden starts going, and build a community sweat lodge! Call or email Perri for more info.

Mid Klamath Watershed Council
Seed Starting Workshop and Seed Share -
Learn how and when to sow, pot and transplant seeds. Bring your seeds to share! 10am - 1pm, 2/26, MKWC in Orleans, CA. For more information: 530-627-3202.

Afterschool Thursdays in the Garden - we're indoors for winter in Orleans, CA. Send us your kids! For more, contact Heather Campbell,, 530-627-3202.

Learn to Build a Chicken Tractor - MKWC will be hosting a 6-part Chicken Tractor Workshop series beginning March 11. We will build this mobile coop using Wilson Forbes' amazing lightweight design. Along the way, we'll demonstrate welding! Workshops are free; $100-150 for materials if you want to take home a tractor. Contact Mark Dupont,, 530-627-3202 to learn more or sign up!

Adopt-a-Tree - Learn to plant and care for your own heirloom fruit tree grafted by MKWC and the Karuk Tribe. For more information, contact Mark.

Yurok Tribe 

We're planning several Food Security Workshops in Weitchpec over the next couple of months. For more details, c ontact Chris Peters,, 707-464-1852. 


Pruning and Fruit Tree Care Workshop - Learn with us at Marcellene's Farm, Hoopa, CA, 1 - 3pm, Sunday 2/5.


UC Cooperative Extension's FRTEP (Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program) welcomes Erika Kinney and Nikki Mattz!

will work at Jack Norton School in the garden and with the Yurok Tribe's JOM program. (With Weitchpec school closed for mold remediation, we'll be keeping the blackberries at bay for now, but stay tuned for a BBQ and brainstorm on the
garden plan for when school reopens in the fall!) 

Nikki will organize cultural youth programs at Margaret Keating Schoo
l and the new Youth Center in Klamath, along with the Yurok Education Department . Nikki was in 4-H for many years and raises animals with her family.

A part time position is still available to help lead youth development at Hoopa High School and science and nature outreach at Hoopa Valley Elementary School.
Interested? E-mail Deborah Giraud at for the application link. 
Weitchpec community garden. Photo by Chris Peters.

Wondering what, where and when to plant? Visit the Mid Klamath Watershed Council Foodsheds pages for excellent free online info on the vegetables and fruits that grow best here, along with planting calendars, soil, and disease prevention advice.

Keep in touch with us! Find upcoming events, see photos, ask questions, let your neighbors know what's going on in the foodshed! All that and more on the Foodshed Facebook page .

Missed an issue? See what your Food Security team has been doing here.

The Karuk Tribe's new Sípnuuk Digital Library supports food security and sovereignty with information on our regional food security issues, solutions and knowledge of traditional and contemporary foods and materials. Easy to use and open to all - sign up now!

The goal of the collaborative Klamath River Basin Food Security Project is to rebuild a sustainable food system that supports healthy communities, ecosystems and economies among the Karuk, Klamath and Yurok Tribes.
AFRI Klamath Basin Tribal Food Security Project | 510-643-9534 | |

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