(Minneapolis Star-Tribune) Bit by bit, the farm at Little Earth is growing.
So, too, is a movement among American Indians in Minnesota and elsewhere to improve their health by rediscovering ancestral foods and connections to lands once lost.
Far from access to natural maple syrup, wild rice and game available Up North, the residents at Little Earth of United Tribes — a south Minneapolis low-income housing complex — are finding new old ways to grow crops that existed long before European settlers arrived.
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Some adherents even have a name for this concept: the decolonized diet.
"It's growing in the last 10 years within the native communities in the United States," said Susen Fagrelius, coordinator of Little Earth's community health initiatives. As more people realize they can grow a significant amount of vegetables on a small parcel of land, they discover that "they have the ability to take back their food system."
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