Meskwaki Tribe secures $1.6M ANA grant to benefit produce farm

Young members of the Meskwaki Tribe at work at the Red Earth Gardens in Iowa. Photo from Facebook

The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa has received a five-year $1.6 million grant to expand its produce farm.

The grant comes from the Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS) program at the Administration for Native Americans. The money will be used to plant more crops at the 40-acre Red Earth Gardens and provide more opportunities for tribal youth.

"As it works to integrate traditional organic and sustainable foods back into the tribal community utilizing Meskwaki values, programming at the farm is designed to be an incubator for developing future farmers and rediscovering growing practices in tune with the environment," the tribe said in a press release.

The tribe's award for the current fiscal year comes to $331,359.

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