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Above: Crow Creek Fresh Food Initiative employee Wyatt Fleury hands Kevin Yellow Bird Steele a complementary bag at the Farmers Market in Ft. Thompson, SD on August 13, 2012. The USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is a competitive grant that assists local communities to help establish, expand, and promote farmers markets and other direct-to-consumer marketing opportunities.

This article was written collaboratively by Chris Zdorovtsov (former SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist), Shawn Burke (former SDSU Extension Native American Program Director), Rachel Lindvall, and Marcella Gilbert (former SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist).


Highlighted Projects

Cheyenne River Extension Food Projects

  • Earlier in the year (2014), SDSU/Cheyenne River Extension made collaborative efforts with the Cheyenne Eagle Butte school administration and facilities department to work out a positive relationship to create a school garden on campus. Plants include vegetables, herbs and flowers. Fundraising for local support of the garden has resulted in donations from three local banks in town which helped purchase soil and plants. Other donations from local businesses and surrounding ranchers include materials for garden beds, paint and manure. This project will continue through the summer since more garden beds are planned on campus. More Information

NRC Enhanced Garden Project: A Model for Other Communities

  • In 2012, National Relief Charities (NRC) supported family and community gardens on the Pine Ridge, Lower Brule and Crow Creek reservations. This resulted in 146 healthy gardens for community members. In 2013, NRC supported individual gardens on the Pine Ridge Reservation and 24 community gardens on the Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Cheyenne River, Yankton Sioux and Crow Creek reservations. This resulted in 108 gardens for the communities. More Information

Rosebud Extension Youth Food Programs

  • Despite a cool, wet start to the 2014 growing season a whole crop of gardeners; young and old; experienced and novice are enthusiastic about their gardening ventures. Rosebud Extension, along with partners at Sinte Gleska University are serving up new techniques and plenty of advice and support for gardeners at all levels through group and individual year-round programming. More Information

    Food From the Ground Up: 2013 Boys and Girls Club and other youth gardening programs on the Rosebud Reservation.


Native Gardening Resources

The books and links below are resources that provide background information, techniques and historical context on Native gardening.


Research & Reports

THE MEDICINE WHEEL NUTRITION INTERVENTION: A DIABETES EDUCATION STUDY WITH THE CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE, Sept., 2009.

By Kendra K. Kattelmann, PhD, RD, Professor and Director Didactic Program in Dietetics, SDSU, Kibbe Conti, MS, RD, Graduate Student, and Cuirong Ren, PhD, Professor of Statistics, SDSU

  • The objective of this study was to determine if Northern Plains Indians with type 2 diabetes mellitus who are randomized to receive culturally adapted educational lessons based on the Medicine Wheel Model for Nutrition in addition to their usual dietary education will have better control of their type 2 diabetes than a non-intervention, usual care group who received only the usual dietary education from their personal providers.

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  • We seek to encourage Economic Development, Sustainable Lifestyles and Youth Leadership in the communities of the Rosebud (Sicangu) Reservation and its surrounding environs.

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  • The mission of the Soiled Hands Society is to encourage reconnection with the land and create food independence here in the Cheyenne River Reservation.
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