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  • We Have Until Earth Day to Raise $5,000…and If We Do….It will be MATCHED!

    Seasonal Programs, Basic Needs, Gardens, Food on 3/3/15

    The 2015 gardening season is off to a great start thanks to a generous challenge from a fellow Running Strong supporter who wants us to be able to plant family gardens on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota! In 1985 the Slim Buttes Agricultural Development Program started with only six family gardens and today, 30 years later, the program supports over 400 gardens on Pine Ridge. With each garden producing fresh food to be shared among family and neighbors, there is the potential for thousands of people to have more nutritious diets as a result of this challenge.

  • Slim Buttes Agricultural Program Profiled in In-Depth Article

    Field Staff Profiles, Seasonal Programs, Basic Needs, Gardens, Food on 12/22/14

    If you're interested in learning more about the Slim Buttes Agricultural Program, this piece is a great resource.

  • College of the Menominee Nation Receives Grant for “Gardens for Elders”

    General News, Gardens, Food on 5/22/14

    Menominee seniors in Keshena, Wisconsin—where Running Strong staff just visited—will soon be able to grow their own food in their yards thanks to a new grant.

  • Every Day is Earth Day for Our Organic Gardening Programs

    Gardens, Food on 4/22/14

    Happy Earth Day, our Organic Gardens program staff has been working hard to prepare the soil and plant seeds that will provide the opportunity for American Indian children and families to grow their own fresh vegetables! We know how important programs like Can Wigmunke (The Rainbow Tree) are in isolated reservation communities, where grocery stores can be expensive, and very far away – the transportation alone can cost $50!

  • 2014 Garden Challenge Match

    Gardens on 3/4/14

    You met our Garden Challenge Match! Your generosity will help families on Pine Ridge grow fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Can Wigmunke

    Gardens on 12/16/13

    Can Wigmunke, The Rainbow Tree is a local gardening effort on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that works with community members to prepare and plant community gardens to increase green spaces and improve the quality of life for everyone living on the reservation. The project uses their farmer’s markets and gardens as a small business model and inspiration for reservation youth looking to create their own jobs on the reservation.

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