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Garden Update 9/28

While fall creeps in, garden manager Louis has big plans for winterizing. Most of our plants have been harvested, save from some tomatoes, squash, and peppers still. But the big job we’re working on right now is clearing out space of already harvested plants, to plant Native perennials to fill everything out next year. check […]

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Meet Thomas Andrade

Thomas Andrade came to visit us as a part of our training program here at the Indigenous Food Lab. He currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska with ties to the Tseshaht, Navajo, and Apache nations. He works as a nutrition coordinator for Cook Inlet Tribal Council in their holistic re-entry program for Indigenous men in recovery.  […]

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Garden Update 9/3

As we approach the end of the growing season, the garden is beginning to look more and more wild. The amaranth is seeding and it’s falling over due to the weight in the flowers. The squash are ripening and being harvested, as well as the tomatoes, beans, and cucumbers. We have also been harvesting all […]

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Live Cooking Demo

On August 11th, we partnered with Accenture to offer a live cooking demo doubling as a Accenture employee fundraiser to benefit our work here at NATIFS. We went live at noon and started with IFL kitchen manager Vern and a visiting chef, Daryl, who walked through how to make an Indigenous breakfast. They kept things […]

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Drying Tobacco

Tobacco is a very hardy plant that enjoys lots of heat but not humidity – if the plant is too wet it can become weak and thin. It can get to around seven feet tall when fully grown depending on the variety. In our community garden this summer we have been trying our hand at […]

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Heat Waves and Droughts

Recently it seems like there is an excessive heat warning almost everyday. We have been getting only slight possibilities for rain and we are not the only ones in North America feeling the heat – literally and figuratively. Above is a map from the US Drought Monitor which shows the areas most affected in dark […]

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Garden update 7/20

It’s been a couple weeks since our last garden update, and boy have things taken off! The amaranth and sunflowers are so tall you can barely see over them. The squash is very happy and running out of room, so it’s climbing into the bed of sun chokes. And the cucumbers and radishes are already […]

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Lending a Hand

With the opening of our sister restaurant Owamni nearing, some of their staff has been working with us in the Indigenous Food Lab (IFL) to research, taste, and develop their menu. The kitchen at Owamni is still in need of some last finishing touches as equipment and resources are coming in slower than expected due […]

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Where to Find Indigenous Foods and Food Products

One of the most asked questions we get either via email, in response to meal kits we’ve done, or just people stopping us in the IFL, is “where can I buy Indigenous foods or food products?” A large part of our mission at NĀTIFS is to promote and provide access to Indigenous food vendors to […]

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Garden Update 6/28

So it’s been a couple of weeks since things started sprouting in the garden, and we’re really starting to see some growth now. Starting to see our first squash fruits, sunflower blooms, raspberries and strawberries. The beans, tomatoes, and sun chokes are thriving. Take a look below!

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Foraging, Harvesting, and Drying Nettle

Last week, the kitchen staff headed out to Battle Creek Park in St. Paul to go foraging. They carefully harvested a bunch of stinging nettle (using leather gloves of course!). Now despite the stinging hairs all along the leaves and stems and their bad reputation, there are actually many uses for nettle both edible and medicinal.

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Welcome to the NĀTIFS blog! We’re happy to have you!

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Garden Update 6/1

Well, we finally have plants in the ground! After clearing out the garden, we’ve begun seeding some of the empty beds and have discovered that there are a lot of perennial plants flourishing from previous years. We have found raspberries, strawberries, wild grapes, sage, nettle, sunchokes, burdock, and more. We have put in seeds for […]

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Garden Update 5/19

This summer, we are working in partnership with the Indian Health Board (IHB) to cultivate a medicine garden (mashkiikii gitigan in Anishinaabe) at the 24th St. Urban Garden in Minneapolis. We started clearing out the garden — located across the street from the IHB medical and dental center on East 24th Street — in early […]

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