Workshops, gatherings, and news you can use about your foodshed!

What We've Learned About Partnerships 
April 2017 
Baskets by Jennifer Bates, Miwok basketweaver. Edith Friedman photo.
Ayukîi, Aiy-ye-kwee', Waqlisi, Hello!  

The Klamath Basin Tribal Food Security Project has its roots in partnerships, and strong relationships between our partners on the river (and off) are one key to our success. Last month, we had the chance to share some of our Food Security Project experiences with Cooperative Extension staff from around the state who hope to support local Tribes' priorities for food security/food sovereignty, ecosystem restoration and cultural revitalization.

Meanwhile on the river, the Karuk Tribe and Mid Klamath Watershed Council are working together on the Karuk Tribe's Spring Gathering
and Family Support Series in Orleans. The Klamath Tribes are planting trees grafted and gifted by the Karuk Tribe and MKWC. Yurok youth have strawberry starts from Butler Flat for the planter boxes they just built in Weitchpec, and if you don't have a rototiller, the Karuk Food Security Crew can help you out!
See our calendar for all the ways you can partner with us in April.

 Got questions? Contact your Food Security Coordinator:  

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.

Prof. Don Hankins (Mokelumne) welcomes visitors to his Tribe's ancestral lands.
Sharing Collective Learning for
New Collaborative Partnerships

The University of California's Agriculture and Natural Resources Division is home to California's statewide county agricultural extension system, known as University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). In a recent statewide survey of UCCE staff, over 100 people reported that there are Tribes in their communities that might benefit from Extension, but only a third of these currently receive Extension services. In response, Jennifer Sowerwine, Janice Alexander, and Deborah Giraud recently offered a 2-day workshop to UCCE staff interested in supporting local Tribes. The gathering, Creating Successful Partnerships with Native American Tribes brought Tribal representatives, staff and academics to share strategies to help break down some of the barriers to working collaboratively with tribal communities.
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Teri Chanturai shares seeds and seed lore at MKWC. Photo by Ramona Taylor.

Karuk Tribe

April is full of special events, starting off next week with a Sipnuuk Digital Library Workshop and Traditional Pit Oven series leading up to a fun-filled Spring Gathering! Details below. You are also invited to our continuing Food Security programs Monday - Thursday in Orleans, CA and Happy Camp, CA. All programs weather dependent. Take a look and mark your calendar now! Questions? ask Grant Gilkison, 530-627-3446.

SPECIAL EVENTS - all are welcome!

 Traditional Pit Oven Series - Tues 4/4, Wed 4/5,Fri 4/7, see schedule for times, KDNR in Orleans, CA.  
Sudden Oak Death Talks - How can our community protect our tanoaks? Thurs 4/6, 4-5 pm, KDNR, Orleans, CA. Weds 4/12, 4:30 - 6pm, Old Gym, Happy Camp, CA.

Sipnuuk Workshops - Learn to navigate the Tribe's Digital Library, Archives and Museum. 5 - 6:30 pm, Tues 4/4 at Orleans Computer Center, Wed 4/5 at Yreka Education Center, and Thurs 4/6 at Happy Camp Computer Center.

SPRING GATHERING - Bring your family to our full day of fun! Bike rodeo, clothes swap, traditional acorn preparation, hide tanning workshop, resource fair, and much more! Sat 4/8, 11am-3pm, KDNR, Orleans CA.

Family Support Series - learn about the WIC program, make traditional salves, eat delicious and traditional food!  Tues 4/18, Weds 4/19, Thurs 4/21, Sat 4/21. See flyer for times and details.
Dinner will be served!

Regular activities:
  • Orchard Grafting (Monday 4/3 only)
  • Herbarium Collection/Mounting (Thursdays, except 4/20)
  • Basketry in Happy Camp (Sundays) and Orleans (Thursdays)
  • Happy Camp Gardens (Wednesdays 4/12 and 4/26)
 CLICK HERE for full Karuk Food Security schedule, locations and contact info. 

Klamath Tribes

Spring is finally reaching the headwaters, we have 300 seed starts ready to go, and we're out in the Chiloquin garden! We'll be there as long as the weather is good - please meet us there to lend a hand.

The Karuk Tribe has given us 10 fruit trees. Stay tuned for a tree planting day! For info, call Perri McDaniel, or 541-882-1487 x 235

Our final Community Greenhouse will be sited at Hilyard Elder Housing in Klamath Falls. We'll be building raised beds nearby starting soon. To help build a garden for our elders, call Perri.

Mid Klamath Watershed Council

 Chicken Tractor from Scratch - MKWC's 6-week Chicken Tractor Workshop series continues this month, Sat 4/8, Thurs 4/13 and Sat 4/29, 10am - 3pm. Tractor construction slots are full, but workshops are free and our teams need your help! Contact Mark Dupont,, 530-627-3202 to learn more or sign up.

Happy Camp Seed Exchange - Sat 4/29, 10am - 12pm, Gail Zink Ball Field. For more info, call Indigo Mack, 530-627- 3202 or

Egg Hunt for School Snacks - Come hunt Easter eggs, eat pancakes and support healthy snacks for our Orleans Elementary kids! Sun 4/16, 10am - 2pm, Orleans Elem. School, Orleans CA.

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.

Afterschool Thursdays in the Garden - Send us your kids for fun in the garden! For more, contact Heather Campbell,, 530-627-3202.

Yurok Tribe 

Join us for Youth Food Security Workshops in Weitchpec in April. Open to all youth in Yurok ancestral territory. For more info or to sign up, contact Annelia Hillman, 530-625-4130 ext. 1619.

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Orleans Elementary garden.
Community Notices

No Rototiller? No problem!
The Karuk Food Security Crew can help you out in Orleans or Happy Camp, CA. Contact Ben Saxon, 530-627-3446 ext 3027.

Karuk Tribal Members,
help us with a study on the availability and use of fire-dependent resources. More info here.

 Stormy Staats, Klamath Salmon Media Collaborative photo.
We're In the News

See stories about the
Klamath Basin Tribal Food Security Project from around the web on our website .
Steelhead for elders distribution. Chris Peters photo.

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.
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