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:
May 2016

Heirloom fruit trees grafted and ready to plant

Ayukîi, Aiy-ye-kwee', Waqlisi, Hello!
Plant starts are going in the ground from Klamath Falls, OR, to Klamath, CA. Come on out to your local community garden to lend a hand! Want to start a garden of your own, or improve the one you have?  Information, workshops and personalized help are available. Call your local Food Security Coordinator for more information.
Have an item for the newsletter? Send it to Edith in the Berkeley office. Thanks!

Photos this issue by Chris Peters, Grant Gilkison, Mark Dupont and courtesy of the Yurok Tribe.
This Month on the River
Nature drawing with Food Tech Ben Saxon
Karuk Tribe

This month, we welcome you to a Medicinal Salve Workshop and your kids to a Spring Traditional Food & Medicine Camp. We also have ongoing gardening, cultural foods, and native plant collection and mounting days, Monday - Thursday in  Happy Camp and Orleans, CA. See below for dates and locations. See schedule for details. Questions? Call or email Ron Reed, 530-627-3446 ext 3048.

Orleans afterschool 2
Medicinal Salve Workshop, Wednesday, 5/11, 10am - 4pm, Tribal TANF Office, 110 Nugget Street, Happy Camp, CA.

Spring Traditional Food & Medicine Youth Camp, 5/17, 3:30 - 6pm, Yreka Wellness Center Community Room, Karuk Tribe Housing Authority, 1836 Apsuun Road, Yreka, CA.

  Cultural Resource Harvest /Management, most Mondays and Tuesdays plus Wednesday 5/18, 9am - 4pm. Meet at Orleans Karuk DNR Office,39051 Highway 96, Orleans, CA.

Garden Day in Happy Camp, CA, Wednesday 5/25, meet at Happy Camp TANF office 10am.

Herbarium Native Plant Collection and Specimen Mounting, Thursdays  9am - 4pm. Meet at Orleans DNR Office. Questions? Contact Ben Saxon, 530-627-3446.

Native Plant Identification, Native Medicinal Plant Preservation, women only, Happy Camp TANF Office, date TBD. Call Ron Reed for details.

Greenhouse construction,
Day 1
Seed to Supper Classes wrap up this month. Many thanks to our dedicated volunteer instructors, Dewey Moore and Dalene McNair!

We're ramping up for spring and summer with a new greenhouse in the Chiloquin Community Garden in Chiloquin, OR. Garden helpers will be holding regular garden days beginning later in May. For dates and details, contact  Perri McDaniel, 541-882-1487 ext 235 . 
Yurok Tribe

Weitchpec area - We'll be working in the new greenhouse in the Weitchpec Tribal Community Garden, and we can use your help! For more information call Food Tech Jeannette Robbins at 530-625-4130. 
Klamath a rea - Come help us in the Community Garden, or Food Tech Seagull Jordan can come out to help you get your home garden growing! To schedule a time, call Chris Peters, 707-464-1852.

  Mid Klamath Watershed Council

Drip Irrigation Workshop.
  Learn to design and install a complete drip irrigation system! Saturday 5/21, 1 - 4 pm. Happy Camp Elementary School Garden.  For more information contact Mark Dupont, Indigo Mack, or call 530-627-3202.

Weaving with Invasives Co-sponsored with the Karuk Tribe. 5/22, 10am - 4pm at the Daryl "Day Pay" Native Plant Garden, next to DNR, Orleans, CA. More info: Nancy Bailey, 530-627-3202. 
Afterschool in the Garden continues every Tuesday in Orleans. Come on out for an hour or two - the kids love to see you there!  Questions? Grant Gilkison, 530-627-3202.


Community Events Calendar 

Sign up now: Resources and People Camp
Youth 13-18 learn natural resource management!
June 12 - 18
Lake of the Woods, OR 

Free Online Permaculture Design Course from OSU.
See link for details.

In April:

The Karuk Tribe represented the AFRI Tribal Food Security Project  at Restoring the Balance: A Tribal Food Sovereignty Gathering hosted by the Yurok Tribe

Luis Neuner and Ron Reed describing Karuk youth involvement

Local 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.

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!
Sípnuuk Digital Library »

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

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