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Dream of Wild Health

We grow seeds and leaders.

"We grow seeds and leaders," Dream of Wild Health Cultural Director, Ernie Whiteman, often says as he reminds us of our purpose here on the farm.

With your support, we grow strong leaders, rebuild indigenous food systems and expand access to healthy foods in Twin Cities urban and Native American communities. Dream of Wild Health mission is to restore health and well-being in the Native community by recovering knowledge of and access to healthy indigenous foods, medicines and life ways. As Estella LaPointe, our Community Programs Manager, says, "We [farm] to empower youth and the community."

When you donate to Dream of Wild Health, your dollars bolster change. A Youth Leader describes this as, "[We]are like the seeds. At DWH seeds are planted, nurtured, and [we] go out into our communities and create the change and future we want. It's a ripple effect."

Each summer, youth learn to plant, grow, harvest, and cook healthy, indigenous foods while preserving the 'saved seeds' and foodstores for the future. Participants in Garden Warriors (ages 13-18) and Cora's Kids (ages 8-12) learn the importance of cultural connections to the earth and each other. "I feel supported - upheld - honored here at Dream of Wild Health. It feels like a loving family." - Garden Warrior Participant, 2016 Your support brings youth to the farm to gain skills in traditional methods of farming and gardening, discover indigenous foods and how to grow them, prepare healthy meals, and for some - taste their first fresh green bean. With your support, the youth build confidence and job skills working on the farm, at farmers markets, presenting their knowledge at conferences and building leadership necessary to go back into their communities making positive change.

A word from our youth:
"Changes I've seen in myself at DWH are that I feel more independent, significant, and knowledgeable. I learn so much every day, especially from the elders, and I'm able to take the advice/stories they use, and apply them to real life situations." - Garden Warrior Participant, 2016

A word from a program parent:
"DWH programs engage youth and community in the most essential cultural practices of feeding and learning how our foods are our first medicines. Please support this vital work that is both grounded in indigenous tradition and vibrantly contemporary and forward-thinking."
-Heid Erdrich


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