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Minneapolis nonprofit grows culturally specific food for American Indian communities


Elizabeth Flores

On a barren cornfield in Hugo, crews are transforming the land with ambitious plans.

After clearing invasive buckthorn trees, they will restore the sandy, clay soil and plant trees and a meadow to house birds and insects while boosting the amount of healthy, culturally specific food for American Indians in the Twin Cities.

"We're trying to turn the clock back on the soil," said Jessika Greendeer, the farm manager. "It's going to take some time."

To meet a growing need for healthy foods - especially during the COVID-19 pandemic - Dream of Wild Health, a Minneapolis nonprofit and one of the only American Indian-led farms in the Twin Cities, bought the 20-acre site this year. It triples the amount of land for the organization to grow food and teach American Indian kids agriculture and nutrition.


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