Point of Contact: Neely Snyder
E-Mail Address: Neely@dreamofwildhealth.org
Phone Number: (612)874-4200 (ext. 115)
Dream of Wild Health (DWH) is an intertribal nonprofit that serves the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Native American Community. DWH owns a 10-acre farm in Hugo, MN and they use it to provide education programs that reconnect the urban Native American community with traditional Native plants and their culinary, medicinal, and spiritual use. Each summer, DWH offers programs for Native youth from the Twin Cities area to teach them about gardening, organic farming, health, culture, seed saving, and healthy cooking while developing leadership skills.DWH leads a CSA (community-supported agriculture) model called the Indigenous Food Share (IFS) which seeks to put ownership of their food system back in the hands of the community. Members of the IFS invest in the farm and receive a share of the farm’s produce. They also sell fresh local produce from their farm at three farmers markets in the Twin Cities area. To support their mission to connect the tribal communities with traditional foods, DWH founded the Indigenous Seedkeepers Alliance, a network of Native people and organizations focused on revitalizing and returning Indigenous foods to tribal communities. Currently, they have more than 100 varieties of saved seeds in their collection.Some of their programs also include youth programs that incorporate culture through learning to smudge and pray with tobacco. Native youth learn to plant, grow, harvest, and cook fresh, organic, vegetables, and can take on leadership roles through a year-round Native Youth leaders to be advocates for their community around nutrition, health, and food justice issues. In addition to their programs offered for Native youth, DWH hosts community classes and food demonstrations throughout the year, including classes for salad-making, a hominy-making, a class on how to make wasna (a traditional Dakota food), and canning lessons.