2017 Food Sovereignty Summit

Green Bay, Wisconsin
Monday, October 02, 2017

Experiential Learning Field Sessions

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 & Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Depart Oneida Radisson Hotel at 1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required to attend field sessions.

Experiential Learning 1:  Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm: Managed Grazing - Every year North Americans waste more than 18 million tons of protein by feeding livestock on grain. A steer, you see, must eat 21 pounds of grain protein in order to produce one pound of beef protein… so 20 pounds of the valuable nutrient is lost in the process. In this experiential learning session, you will learn how to get started with a grazing plan, including pasture size and layout, fencing and watering systems, and how to outwinter cattle in the inclement weather of Wisconsin. The session will cover the various types of cattle in this region and their temperaments; how to create paddocks/pastures; when and how to move the animals to new pasture; what feeds to supplement in winter; and a tracking system for your herd. During this experiential learning session at the organic farm, you will also see the production of traditional white corn, poultry and the chicken-processing facility.  
Location: Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm, Oneida Nation

Experiential Learning 2:  Aquaponics - Aquaponics is the perfect synergy of growth and consumption, and is arguably at the center of sustainable agriculture practices.  Raising fish and plants in a recirculating system, year round, is a good approach for those with limited agricultural lands and/or inclement weather conditions. This experiential learning session will discuss the establishment of an aquaponics food-production system that is capable of annually producing 860 pounds of fish and 6,900 to 11,500 heads of greens (or other vegetables) to supply fresh produce year round. It’s another source for increasing your community food production. In addition to the introductory knowledge of aquaponics systems, the socio-economics and marketing strategies for community engagement will be discussed. The aquaponics food system is another visible anchor to promote food safety and security, and to endorse the principle of “know your farmer, know your food.” 
Location: Veterans Building, Oneida Nation

Experiential Learning 3:  Environmental Restoration: "Trout Creek Headwater Tributary Restoration – Historically,  agricultural practices in this area did not take into account the ecological function of streams and wetlands. Clearing the forested corridors and natural vegetation along streams, plus ditching and tiling in order to farm in wet areas, resulted in degraded conditions in streams like Trout Creek. Environmental restoration involves many different approaches and technologies depending on the requirements of the situation. The rationale behind the steps taken to restore this reach of Trout Creek will be explored in this session. The ‘‘Trout Creek Headwater Tributary Restoration” project was completed in 2013. In the project, 56 acres of buffers were created, 8.7 acres of associated wetlands were restored, approximately 3,700 feet of stream was re-meandered, and 23,930 trees and 6,035 shrubs were planted.
Location: This stream reach is between Olson Road and County U, south of Reformatory Road and North of Trout Creek Road, Oneida Nation

Experiential Learning 4:  
Apple Harvesting and Distribution -- This experiential learning session exposes you to agricultural practices as well as distribution approaches and an agri-tourism event to connect to your consumers and community with fun activities. Participants will learn the various aspects of developing and managing an apple orchard, from the selection of trees for planting, to caring for it, to pest management. After harvesting, the distribution channel is a key component for revenue. You will be exposed to the nuts and bolts of local distribution, pricing and tracking; and a mechanism for community engagement, including approaches to develop a “pick-your-own” model and an agri-tourism event – the Apple Fest.
Location: Apple Orchard, Oneida Nation

Pre-Conference Networking – Monday, October 2, 2017

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tour Registration
Tour of Oneida's Integrated Food System departs the Radisson at 1:30 p.m.
Onsite registration only.
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tour of Oneida’s Integrated Food System: agricultural production (Tsyunhehkwa, Aquaponics, Buffalo Lookout, Apple Orchard), processing (Cannery), and outlets (Oneida School, Food Distribution, Oneida Pantry, and Oneida Market)
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Conference Registration

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Introductory Grazing – Meet and Learn from Others

Conference Events – Day One: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

7:00 a.m. Edge of the Woods Ceremony with Tobacco Burning 
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration, Vendors and Exhibits

8:00 a.m.


Day One: 1st General Session

8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Post Flags: Color Guard
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks by Host Tribe: Oneida Nation
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Keynote:
Michael Roberts, President & CEO, First Nations Development Institute

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Day One: Breakout Sessions #1

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Track 1:  Applied Agriculture
Traditional Foods, Plants & Seed Saving
The importance, practice, and benefits of protecting, perpetuating, and maintaining traditional seeds.

Track 2:  Community Outreach
Community Engagement
Learn about grassroots programs, practices, and techniques to engage your community in food work.

Track 3:  Products to Market
Marketing Products
This track will discuss various approaches to product packaging, branding, and distribution channels.

11:45 a.m.– 1:30 p.m.

Conference Luncheon
Voices of the Corn

Day One: Experiential Learning Sessions #1

1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pre-registration required

FIELD WORK: Please dress appropriately

Track 1:  Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm - Managed Grazing

Track 2:  Aquaponics

Track 3:  Environmental Restoration - "Trout Creek Headwater Tributary Restoration"

Track 4: Apple Harvesting and Distribution

Day One: Technical Training Sessions #1

1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

An opportunity to share and exchange ideas, with agriculturally specific sessions in these fields:
Corn, Rice, Fish, Livestock

Program Management. Monitoring & Evaluation
What is project management? How can project management be used to effectively complete your grant projects? What are tools and strategies that you can use to effectively manage a project? During this session, the presenter will outline an approach for organizations to effectively plan your projects. Moreover, the presenter will discuss tools and strategies for organizing, securing and managing resources that lead to successful project outcomes.

Food Assessments
A community food assessment provides insight into your community food system. It assists in identifying who has access to what foods, where the majority of food comes from, community spending on food, and even what kinds of foods the community members would like to have on their tables. In this session, the presenter will share her knowledge and experience in conducting a community food assessment, including the steps in developing a food assessment, the process for conducting a food assessment, how to compile and use the data generated from an assessment to develop plans that empower communities. Attendees will receive a copy of First Nations' Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool.

Learn how to identify institutional funders – foundations, corporations, tribes and government grant sources – that might support your organization and programs. The presenter also will cover how to engage funders of all types, developing productive relationships and a successful fundraising process that will lead to sustainability. Learn how to navigate the labyrinth of federal government grantseeking, from determining what grant programs might be appropriate for your organization and programs, to the nuts and bolts of online submission. Strong focus on USDA grants to jumpstart or continue to evolve your agricultural and healthy food strategies and projects. We will cover how to find grant opportunities online, how to create a winning proposal, how to put together a project budget, and the many other additional required forms and attachments.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Grazing & Culinary Showcase of Traditional Foods - Featured Native American Chefs

Conference Events – Day Two: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration, Vendors and Exhibits

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


2nd General Session
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Building Local Food Economies: Making Food Dollars Work for Tribal Communities 

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Day Two: Breakout Sessions #2

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Track 1:  Applied Agriculture
Food Policy in Native American Communities 

Track 2:  Community Outreach
Farm to Table: Local Food Movement
This session will highlight successful Farm to Table models across Indian Country that promote direct acquisition of local foods from the producers to the table. 

Track 3:  Products to Market
Value-Added Goods
This session will provide information on opportunities, resources and processes for value-added production.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Conference Luncheon
Youth in Agriculture Panel

Seed Sharing - Feel free to share any of your traditional seeds or treasures to exchange with others.

Day Two: Experiential Learning Sessions #2

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pre-registration required

FIELD WORK: Please dress appropriately

Track 1:  Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm - Managed Grazing

Track 2:  Aquaponics

Track 3:  Environmental Restoration - "Trout Creek Headwater Tributary Restoration"

Track 4: Apple Harvesting and Distribution

Day Two: Technical Training Sessions #2

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Conservation Tools
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Food Codes and Regulations 

Native Producers and Federal Procurement Policies
This session covers procurement basics, including various certifications, and the variety of ways schools/federal program can purchase locally in accordance with regulations.

Storytelling Workshop

This session will feature presentations on the importance and art of storytelling for communication impacts and inspiring action. Following the initial presentations, attendees will break out into small groups to practice rapid fire storytelling under expert guidance. At the end of the session, attendees will have a clear understanding of the essential elements of effective storytelling and will leave prepared to inspire others to action around local and regional food systems.

Agricultural & Food Strategy Development

3rd General Session

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Oneida Social Dinner

Conference Events – Day Three: Thursday, October 5, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Vendors and Exhibits

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


Day Three: Breakout Sessions #3

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Track 1:  Applied Agriculture
Animal based models: from chickens and pigs, to buffalo and reindeer.

Track 2:  Community Outreach
Learning from Our Elders
Presentations about senior food projects from community elders.

Track 3:  Products to Market
Distribution Channels
This session explores scale, creativity, and mobilization of distribution channels to reach the end user.

10:45 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

4th General Session

11:00 p.m.  – 12:00 p.m.


12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Traveling Prayer


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Registration Rates:


    • $85.00 - Full Conference
    Food Producers:
    • $105.00 - 1 Day
    • $175.00 - Full Conference
    Non-Food Producers:
    • $155.00 - 1 Day
    • $275.00 - Full Conference
    You may register for one day or for the entire conference. Payments accepted by credit card or check.

    For Payments by Check:

    After registration, please mail your payment with a copy of the invoice to:

    First Nations Development Institute
    2432 Main Street, 2nd Floor
    Longmont, CO 80501

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