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: October 2015
Back to school, back to the garden in Orleans, CA

Ayukîi, Aiy-ye-kwee', Waqlisi, Hello!
Everyone can get involved in making the Klamath River Basin a place where food is fresh, healthy, and delicious! This month, you can help with the harvest,  learn to butcher a goat, prepare traditional Native foods, sign up for a canning class, try pressing cider, or join the kids in the garden. Have questions? Just ask your local Food Security Coordinator!

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

Photos this issue by: Grant Gilkison and Perri McDaniel
This Month on the River
Salmon at First Foods Celebration
Karuk Tribe
The Karuk Tribe invites you to join in every step of food preparation, from forest and garden to pantry!  For all events, contact Food Security Coordinator Lisa Hillman or Ron Reed for more information or to volunteer, 530-627-3116.
  •  Acorn Gathering, Mon - Thurs, Oct 5, 6, 7, 8  -  Dillon Creek, CA. This acorn season has been terrific! Come out and help gather!

  • Fall Seasonal Youth Camp, Fri, Oct 9 Dillon Creek Campground; Sat, Oct 10, Karuk Department of Natural Resources Community Room, Orleans, CA. Tribal youth and their families are invited to learn about Native foods.
  •  Native Food Harvest, Mon and Tues. Oct 12, 22, 26, 27, 8 am - 5 pm in Orleans, Karuk Department of Natural Resources office. Oct 13, 9 am - 4 pm, Happy Camp TANF office. Help harvest our traditional foods!
  • Native Foods Workshop, Mon Oct 19, 9 am - 4 pm, Orleans, CA, Karuk DNR. Learn to process salmon and acorns with cultural practitioners.
  • Garden Work, Native Food Harvesting with the Karuk Food Crew. Wed Oct 21 and 28. Happy Camp, CA Karuk Tribal TANF Office 9am - 4pm.

  • Native and non-Native Food Processing, Wed & Thurs, Oct 21, 23, 28, 29 in Orleans, CA. Karuk DNR, 8am - 5pm.

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We're planning a canning class soon in Klamath Falls or Chiloquin - help us decide where! Please call Food Security Program Coordinator Perri McDaniel, 541-882-1487 ext 235 to sign up.

  • We have chard, broccoli and kale to share from the Chiloquin community garden. Want some? Call Perri.

We can always use help in the garden! If you have some time to volunteer, please call Perri for dates and times.

Yurok Tribe
Mondays & Saturdays are Garden Days in Weitchpec 8:30 - 12:30. Learn to plant a winter garden! Yurok Tribe Community Garden, Saints Rest Road, Weitchpec. Our garden educator can also come to you! More information: Alita Redner  530-625-4130 ext 1619.  To find out what's happening on the coast, call Chris Peters, 707-464-1852.
Mid Klamath Watershed Council
Butchering Workshop, Sat Oct 24, Seiad Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. 9 am - 12 pm. Goat slaughter, Fri Oct 23, details TBA. For more information, contact Indigo Mack, 530-496-3690
Orleans afterschool 2

Community Cider Pressing, Orchard Revitalization Talk, and Collaborative Dinner with Happy Camp Arts Council, Fri Oct 30, 5:00 pm. Call Indigo for more info.

Klamath River Prescribed Fire Exchange (TREX) continues through Oct 10. More information: Will Harling, 530-627-3202


Kids' afterschool programs happen every Tuesday in the Orleans Community Garden. Please volunteer - the kids love it when you're there!  Call Foodsheds Outreach Coordinator  Grant Gilkison, 530-627-3202.

AFRI Management Calendar


Monday, Oct 12, 10:00 - 11:30 am:

 AFRI Monthly Conference Call     


Thursday - Saturday, Oct 15-17:
California Indian Conference (with AFRI Food Security Panel)
Berkeley, CA

Thursday - Friday, Nov 12-13

 Eureka, CA  


Food Security News


The Klamath Tribes' 3rd Annual First Foods Celebration was a great success this year, with over 50 participants from the Klamath, Yurok and Siletz Tribes gathering to trade and share cultural foods and build community. Klamath and Yurok tribal members traded deer for salmon, and everything was delicious!

More great food was a highlight at Mid-Klamath Watershed Council's Harvest Festival. Over  200 guests stopped by to enjoy live music, a salsa competition, and dinner cooked from local foods by wonderful volunteers!

Student Isabel Pintor transcribing Focus Group notes 


As of late September, our Berkeley Food Security team has received over 600 completed Food Surveys! Huge thanks to everyone who took the time to answer the MANY questions which will help piece together the big picture of Tribal food and health in the Klamath.

Thanks also to the more than 130 folks who came out to talk with us in focus groups in 9 different towns! We are now compiling your answers and look forward to sharing what we learn with the community.

Food Security Partner Focus: UCCE
 The Klamath River Basin Tribal Food Security Project is a collaboration between local tribes, non-profit organizations, schools, and agencies. From time to time we'll take a closer look at one of our partners.

Deborah Giraud, UCCE (University of California Cooperative Extension) Farm and Community Development Advisor, leads the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program. This program is one of only 36 in the country, created to make sure Cooperative Extension programs were reaching out and including tribal communities in all the programs available.

Two new staff members will help expand our programs this fall. Norma McAdams is a long time Hoopa resident with both Hupa and Yurok family. She is involved with the Women and Girls Wellness project and is interested in natural ways of healing and living. She will be working with the 4-H program. Allie Hostler, past editor of the widely acclaimed Two Rivers Tribune and 4-H volunteer, leads a program on horses within her community. She believes that caring for horses, training and riding offer positive experiences for young people and adults alike. Allie is working on the Rodeo Grounds Improvement Project, which will improve the safety and year-round usefulness of this tribally owned facility, available to all river communities. Allie will also engage youth to create a walking and equestrian Interpretive Trail with medicinal and basket plants.  
In Summer 2015, UCCE organized:
Sustainable Living Day Camp: 15 youth learned salmon biology and healthy eating. They had a fascinating tour of Monique Solique's earth bag house, and boated to Blue Creek Ah Pah village, where a cultural practitioner shared traditional homes, dance structures and canoes. Thank you to Yurok Fisheries! A gardening activity encouraged families to grow their own food, and youth to get involved with agriculture. They hiked to Mill Lake, where they fished and romped about. 4 full days of learning and fun, and a family BBQ.
Day Camp with Yurok Youth. Anthony Ulmer led 10 boys in a day camp 3 days a week for the entire summer. They spent 3 days at Blue Creek Ah Pah village where they smoked and canned salmon. Creating cultural regalia was the main project: drums, necklaces, eel hooks and nets. Supporting their cultural identity is paramount for youth to succeed. Having their own drum which they made is a rite of passage which they will enjoy for their lifetime.

The UC Cooperative Extension programs in Humboldt and Del Norte include farm, forest, livestock/range and 4-H youth development. More information:

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

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