Healthy food is essential to building strong and healthy communities. Within Native American populations, the incidence of obesity is over 30% and type 2 diabetes is near 16%. Over generations, tribal communities have shared valuable wisdom on how to use resources such as the land, native plants and animals in order to sustain communities. However many modern tribes experience extreme poverty and lack access to traditional food sources through displacement and loss of traditional knowledge.
Today, an international movement for healthy and sustainable food is a priority for many Native American communities, including Active Citizens in Owyhee, Nevada.
The Social Action
The Duck Valley Indian Reservation is situated in a beautiful, green valley on the Nevada and Idaho border. Established in 1877, the site for this reservation was selected by a Shoshone leader for its abundant water and fertile valley soil, which held a promising future for the Shoshone Paiute people.
Since 2011, community members have been working together to build hoop houses across the valley, in partnership with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension programs and the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Organized under the name 'Duck Valley Garden Growers', they provide training to families on how to construct their own hoop houses, and are in the process of planning a local farmers market for future growing seasons.