There are dozens, if not hundreds, of families on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who would love to have a garden where all summer long they could enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits, harvested from their own backyard.
Often, it’s the simple fact that they have never worked in a garden and don’t have any idea how to get started. In other instances, it’s a lack of money – they don’t have the cash available to buy gardening tools, seeds and fertilizer. And usually, it’s both.
Oyate Teca Project, a Running Strong program partner, hosts “Home & Market Gardening 101” ’s a gardening program that is designed to teach participants everything they need to know to grow healthy and profitable produce for their families and communities.
“Students will be provided all the information and tools needed to grow their home garden while practicing their techniques in the Oyate Teca Project’s demonstration garden,” said project director Rose Fraser.
“With the expectation that our student gardeners will teach their family members what they have learned about healthy eating and gardening, we estimate that we have reached over 700 individuals,” she said.
These recipes are provided to students taking the Home & Market Gardening 101 class to teach them how to prepare the vegetables they are growing in their gardens. Try out some recipes and GrowStrong with us!