This webinar series aims to support Indigenous communities’ efforts to restore their land, reduce food insecurity, and increase economic opportunity through the production of native plants. Through these efforts, tribes can improve access to healthy and traditionally harvested foods, medicines and plants for textiles and ceremonial use. Expert voices will offer strategies Tribes can utilize to develop or improve food sovereignty initiatives and native plant propagation. Webinars are 75-minutes each, including time for questions and discussion. The series begins on September 30th at noon MDST and are held each Wednesday thereafter.

Registration is free, but please register so we can send you updates along with the Zoom link for each webinar. Your registration will cover all 5 webinars in this series.

OCT 7 WEBINAR, Episode 2: Restoring Seed Relatives: Collection and Storage Techniques

Topic 1: There’s a Whole Lot of Saving Needed to Save Seeds – Mervyn L. Tano, M.Ed., J.D., President, International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, Attorney, and Author in Indian law and Cultural Resource Management

Topic 2: Seed Collection, Cleaning, Storage, Propagation and Germination – Bridget McNassar MS, Native Plants and Conservation Manager, Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center

OCT 14 WEBINAR, Episode 3: Agroforestry: Indigenous Knowledge and Central American Perspectives

Topic 1: Defining Agroforestry within Traditional Ecological Knowledge – It has Always Been a Practice!” – TBA

Topic 2: Community-led Agroforestry in Central America – Valentina de Rooy, Regional Manager, Trees, Water & People, Fort Collins, Colorado

OCT 21 WEBINAR, Episode 4: Community Benefits and Challenges of Tribal Greenhouse Management – Jeremy Pinto (Dine’), PhD, Research Plant Physiologist/Tribal Nursery Specialist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service

OCT 28 WEBINAR, Episode 5: AIMing for SOS: FBIC/BLM/SER Native Seed and Grassland Restoration Program: The Tribal Nursery Program on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation – Cristina Eisenberg, PHD, FBIC/BLM/SER Native Seed and Grassland Restoration Program Director, Oregon State University, and Wendy Velman, Botany Program Lead, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)