Creating a Family Garden can bring incredible benefits to your community. American Indian tribes and communities are disproportionately affected by high rates of diet-related diseases including diabetes and obesity. These rates are a result of several factors including poverty, food policies, and limited access to healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. There has also been a nutritional shift from traditional to more processed foods in the diets of many American Indian people.
Since time immemorial, Indigenous communities have grown, hunted, and gathered their own foods. More recently, public health agencies and tribal health departments are supporting communities’ needs for culturally based programs that strengthen the connection between communities and local food systems.
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