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

Building Food Security in the Klamath:
June 2016

Food Tech Ben Saxon leads plant mounting lesson.

Ayukîi, Aiy-ye-kwee', Waqlisi, Hello!
It's reporting time! So far this year, the Food Security Project has distributed hundreds of pounds, gallons, and pints of elderberry syrup, salmon, deer, elk, eels, mushrooms, seaweed patties, acorn soup, lettuce, kale and many more vegetables to Klamath communities . We've held workshops for kids and adults on everything from bread baking to native food preparation to drip irrigation to weaving with invasive weeds. Come out to the gardens in June and help us prepare to grow more food, and stay tuned for more learning and eating opportunities this summer.

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Photos this issue by Chris Peters, Grant Gilkison, Heather Rickard, Megan Mucioki, and Perri McDaniel.
This Month on the River
Tanya Chapple stripping invasive weeds for basketweaving.
Karuk Tribe

In June, we invite you to join us for:

Herbarium Collection/Mounting - Come learn
the ethnobotany of the Karuk People with us. We'll be mounting specimens indoors and collecting specimens in the field - nature walks included! June 2, 9, 16, 29 and 30, 9am - 3pm. Meet at Karuk DNR Office, 39051 Highway 96, Orleans, CA. Contact Megan Mucioki,

Indian Potato Field Trip
- June 8, 10am - 3pm. Meet at Tribal TANF Office, 110 Nugget Street, Happy Camp, CA.

Happy Camp Gardens
- watering and maintenance of C ommunity and TANF gardens and People's Center native plant garden. June 1, 15, 22, 29, 9am - 4pm. Tribal TANF Office, 110 Nugget Street, Happy Camp, CA. Contact Ben Saxon, .

TANF Garden Workday - Special invitation to come out and work with our Food Crew on this day! June 15, 10am-3pm, Tribal TANF Office in Happy Camp. 

Orleans Community Garden
- watering and maintenance of Orleans Community Garden with MKWC and Summer Youth Crew. June 7, 14, 21, 27, 9am - 1pm. Meet at Orleans DNR Office. Contact Heather Rickard,

Traditional Plant Harvest-Processing/Management
- this month we'll focus on traditional food and medicinal plant harvest and processing, including for the upcoming Tribal Reunion (June 25). Help us with Traditional Food Groves Surveys to document resources for future land management activities. June 6, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 9am - 4pm. Meet at Orleans DNR Office. Contact Ron Reed, , 530-627-3446 ext 3048.

SOD monitoring setup.
Karuk Tribal Reunion - June 25. All day in Happy Camp, CA.  

eam Monitoring - with the help of UC Cooperative Extension, we will continue setting bait leaves in local creeks to monitor for presence of Sudden Oak Death. June 3, 17. Meet at Orleans DNR. Contact Heather, .

Need more details? See the Full Schedule here.

Garden volunteers are awesome!
Chiloquin, OR Community Garden:
  • Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th, 9am - 2pm, are community work party days! Help us get the garden beds planted and the garden ready for summer.  Anyone who wants to claim their bed or garden space - this is the time to be there.
  • Master gardeners are in the Chiloquin garden Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 4pm. Want help with your garden space? Come by and ask us your questions!
  • Seeking vegetable and flower plant start donations! We have some in the greenhouse, but there is plenty of room for more.
  • Garden Advisory Committee needs volunteers. We would like to have at least 5 community members, Tribal preference. Contact  Perri McDaniel, 541-882-1487 ext 235 for more information.
Summer Activities for Kids: Chiloquin First Coalition and other partners will host Park and Play, Free Lunch, and enrichment activities. Various locations in Klamath County, OR including the Chiloquin City Park: 11:00 am  - 12:30 pm, Monday through Thursday June 20th - July 21st. See flyer for details.
Yurok Tribe

Want a garden space of your own in the Tribe's Community Garden in Klamath, CA? Talk to Food Tech Seagull Jordan or Chris Peters, 707-464-1852. We can also help you with your home garden. Let us know!

Our Weitchpec tribal community garden
on Saints Rest Road has improved irrigation, soil and a fence thanks to our friends at the  Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation and the Del Norte & Adjacent Tribal Lands Community Food Council. Now we need YOU to help us grow food for our community. For more information call Food Tech Jeannette Robbins at 530-625-4130.
Mid Klamath Watershed Council

Basket in progress.
Two more weeks of Afterschool in the Garden on Tuesday in Orleans. Come on out for an hour or two - the kids love to see you there!  Questions? Grant Gilkison, 530-627-3202. 

Restoration Fridays (and some Saturdays) start this week. Lots of opportunities this summer to help restore our watershed! See schedule here. More info: Tanya Chapple, 530-627-3202 or


Intertribal 4H Youth Camp - sign your kids up now to make new friends and learn about environmental stewardship and watershed ecology! June 21 - 23, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, Redwood National Park. Scholarships available. Still seeking one male chaperone. See application for details, or contact Deborah Giraud, 707-445-7351, 
Weitchpec Elementary students painting their chicken fence while irrigation gets installed in their pumpkin patch. 5 hills planted are growing well!

Community Events Calendar 

Humboldt Permaculture Guild
Rainwater and Greywater Recharge Workshop.
RSVP required.
Tuesday, June 7, 5:30pm
Freshwater, CA


Klamath Food Security Resources
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.

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.

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!

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

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