Year(s) Funded: 2019-2020
Topic Area: Food Security
Title: Improved Healthy Food Access Through a Grow Tunnel
Project Summary: Muskowekwan First Nation identified a need for local affordable, good quality fruits and vegetables to complement country food. The Improved Healthy Food Access Through a Grow Tunnel Project aimed to improve coping and survival skills through a summer camp where youth came together to install a grow tunnel. The expertise of other communities who have installed grow tunnels were successfully incorporated into this project. Youth and Elders visited the grow tunnel regularly and had opportunities to be part of the planting, maintenance and harvest of the bounty. The grow tunnel produced food that is now being delivered directly to community members homes, and a display was set up that discussed the nutritional value of the bounty. This project led to an increased belief in the possibility that healthy food can be sustained and obtained in Muskowekwan First Nation. This project was stepping stone toward change in securing quality food sources, and has served as a catalyst for increased conversation on the subject.