2018 NAFSI Keepseagle

SWIAA

First Nations Development Institute

Program background

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Program summary

The Southwest Indian Agricultural Association, Inc. (SWIAA), established 1987, is a Native American run group of farmers, ranchers, and business owners. Devoted to preserving resources available on Native American reservations across the Southwest, SWIAA aids individuals and various Native American entities in agribusiness related endeavors.


In partnership with AATech, SWIAA has been awarded this grant as a result of the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative through the First Nations Development Institute. This grant is currently being used by SWIAA to promote agriculture among Native American youth through community outreach public education, and training in various agriculture skills such as sustainable farming, local food production, and business development. 

objectives:

Objective 1: Host 50-100 Native American farmers/ranchers at the Livestock Field Days Conference, and provide travel assistance for youth and/or beginning farmers/ranchers.

Objective 2: Host technical workshop and /or technology demonstration related to sustainable farming practices at the Livestock Field Days Conference.

Objective 3: Host 100-150 Native American farmers/ranchers at the SWIAA Annual Conference, and provide travel assistance for youth and/or beginning farmers/ranchers.

Objective 4: Host technical workshop and /or technology demonstration related to sustainable farming practices at the SWIAA Annual Conference.

Objective 5: Provide technical assistance to Native American producer/producer groups and assist with preparation of grant applications.