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

Building Food Security in the Klamath: July-August 2015
I am still growing into my cap, berries help me grow strong and healthy

School's out, but Basin residents of all ages are still teaching and learning about food security! In July and August, kids and families can get Back to the Garden every week in Orleans. Two highschool interns are spending their Tuesdays keeping the Orleans community garden viable through the summer; two more will be working in the Yurok Tribe's Klamath Glen garden. Kids are learning nutrition and health along with martial arts at MKWC. Klamath Tribes is gearing up for a 3-day workshop in Chiloquin in late July - all are welcome. People up and down the Klamath are filling out Food Security surveys - thank you!

Got some spare time? Please join us in the gardens!

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

Photos this issue by: Grant Gilkison, Frank Lake, Perri McDaniel, Megan Mucioki
July/August Food Events on the River


Watering the Orleans Community Garden

July 9, 16, 23 and 30 -
Spend your summer Thursdays at Back to the Garden class in Orleans - for kids of all ages. Parents welcome! This month:
  •        7/9: art class
  •        7/16: cooking from the garden
  •        7/23: traditional foods and fisheries (field trip!)
  •        7/30: herbs for food and medicine
More information: contact Carol at MKWC, 530-627-3202.

July 13 and 14 - Karuk Tribe Food System Assessment Focus Groups in Happy Camp. We need your help with this food security research! For details or to sign up: Lisa Hillman, 530-627-3446 ext 3016.

July 13 - 16 - Klamath-Trinity Mountains and Rivers Day Camp - food, gardening, sustainable living, and a field trip to Blue Creek-Ah Pah Traditional Yurok Village. Contact Norma McAdams ASAP to sign up.

  July 28 - Open Door Water Clinic. Stop in any time 10 -  4 with your water or drought-related questions! Specialist Dan Mar has answers and supplies.
MKWC, Panamnik Buildin
g,  Orleans, CA 530- 627-3202.    

July 31 - Aug 2 - Native Plants and Traditional Foods Workshop Klamath Tribes invites you to this 3-day train-the-trainers workshop in and near Chiloquin, OR. For more info and to register, contact Perri McDaniel, 541-882-1487 ext 235.


August 6, 13 - Back to the Garden continues!
     8/6: apples and cider-making
     8/13: painting, fish, traditional BBQ!
More information: contact Carol at MKWC, 530-627-3202.

Ongoing in July/August:    


Garden Workdays (1st and 3rd Mon and Weds) - at Yurok Tribe Community Garden, Saints Rest Road, Weitchpec. For more information call Alita Redner  530-625-4130 ext 1619.  


WingChun Kung Fu (Sundays) - for ages 7 - 11. Nourishing mind, body and spirit! MKWC, Orleans. For more info, contact Grant Gilkison, 530-627-3202.  


Klamath Tribes Garden Workdays (weekdays 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) -  in Chiloquin. For more information, contact Perri, 541-882-1487 ext 235.   


Karuk Tribe Food Plot Assessment (July 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, 30)  - in Happy Camp, pickup in Orleans. For more information, contact Ron Reed, 530-627-3116 x 2.


Happy Camp Garden Workdays (July 8, 22, 29). For more information, contact Ron, 530-627-3116 x 2.  


Dehydration workshop and berry-picking (dates TBD) with the Yurok Tribe. Call Alita Redner for more information, 530-625-4130 ext 1619.    


AFRI Management Calendar


July 14th, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.:

 AFRI Monthly Conference Call     


July 20th:

Notah Begay "Seeds of Health" grant deadline. Funding for programs related to nutrition and access to healthy foods. Details here


Food Events in June

Chiloquin High students built these boxes for the community garden!
In June, Tribal Food System research continued, with the Yurok Tribe hosting research focus groups in Klamath, Weitchpec and Pecwan, while the Karuk Tribe hosted groups in Yreka and Orleans. Klamath Tribes' garden got a new greenhouse along with a delivery of boxes from the local high school. At an Orleans afterschool workshop, 12 children learned to find, pick and press Indian potatoes and wild carrot plants. 
Planting flowers

Karuk Food Tech Ben Saxon leads plant identification workshop

Harvesting garlic at Orleans Community Garden!
Klamath Tribes community garden plan - now with greenhouse!

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

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