Eagle Butte, SD In recent weeks, the Cheyenne River Youth
Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, has announced several exciting
developments in its sustainable agriculture department.
Thanks to a grant from the Northwest Area Foundation and a major
grassroots fundraising effort, the youth project is now advertising
for a sustainable agriculture coordinator, has hired a summertime
garden coordinator, is launching garden centric youth programming
for children and teens, and has purchased much needed supplies for
the two acre, naturally grown, pesticide free Winyan Toka Win garden.
But there's more. The Cheyenne River Youth Project has joined
forces with the South Dakota State University Extension office and
its representative, Marcella Gilbert, to offer canning classes at
its East Lincoln Street campus in Eagle Butte, and it has purchased
10 stands so it can launch a weekly Farmers Market that will last
through the summer and early fall months.
The canning classes are scheduled for 4:30 to 8:30 PM on Wednesday,
June 26 and Tuesday, July 2. They're open to ages 13 and up, with
an enrollment fee of $15 per adult; youth ages 13 to 18 are free.
Participants will learn to pickle, make jellies, jams and salsas,
"We're thrilled to finally be offering garden related workshops
and classes at our facility that are open to the public,"
said Julie Garreau, Cheyenne River Youth Project executive director.
"Our relatives had these skills just two generations ago,
but they've been overshadowed and even lost in recent years. So
we're committed to sharing those skills and this knowledge with
as many people as we can it's another important step toward food
security, sovereignty and sustainability in our reservation communities."
The canning classes will incorporate fresh, healthy produce
from Winyan Toka Win. This produce also will be on sale in the Cheyenne
River Youth Project Farmers Market every Friday starting July 1,
courtesy of the 10 new market stands. Northwest Area Foundation
funding supported the purchase, and it's also supporting the canning
"NWAF is dedicated to reducing poverty and achieve sustainable
prosperity, focusing on organizations that are doing innovative,
cutting edge work,"
"We're honored that they feel CRYP is such an organization,
and we're deeply grateful for their support. The NWAF grant is
enabling us to make significant strides toward achieving our long-term
vision for our sustainable agriculture initiatives, as well as
for the garden itself."
To learn more and register for the upcoming canning classes
at the Cheyenne River Youth Project call 605.964.8200. If you're
interested in being an instructor for one or both of the classes,
you can contact Marcella Gilbert at the SDSU Extension office at
To take advantage of fresh, nutritious foods from the Winyan
Toka Win garden, don't miss the weekly Farmers Market in Eagle Butte.