Growing Native at Home


Mark Trahant is the 20th Atwood Chair at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is a journalist, speaker and Twitter poet and is a member of The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

Growing Native at Home

Date Posted: 
2012-09-10 00:00

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Every once in a while, the very idea of a documentary series exactly matches what’s going on at home. Such is the case with Growing Native.

I recently moved home to the Fort Hall Reservation after living in cities for most of my career. I couldn’t wait to experiment with food. The first thing we put into the ground: Blue Corn. Last year’s crop was healthy and this year’s corn was grown from last year’s seeds.  We also dried corn, hanging it as art all over the house. We then ground much of that corn into meal and consume it often.

Any day now we’ll harvest again. The crop, like last year, is extraordinarily tall. Most of the stocks are about 8 feet tall. 

My idea is to look at my garden as a consumer. What would it take for more families to add their own grown food to their regular diet? How much effort to really contribute to a better diet? The answers will roll out over time.

Here is a short slide show about last year’s crop.



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