Happening all week, March 7-12

Pop-ups of indigenous foods at local restaurants featuring the work of:

Participating restaurants featuring indigenous ingredients include:

Indigenous food products are also available at Willy St Co-op and Native Market.
Food Sovereignty display, courtesy of the UW Geography Department at the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery

Saturday featured speakers

Dr. Martin Reinhardt, Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan and Associate Professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University will speak on his decolonizing diet project.
Rowen White is Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for seed sovereignty. She is the director and founder of Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed cooperative focusing on local seed production and education, based in Nevada City, California. She teaches creative seed training immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs.
Dr. Elizabeth Hoover is Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies, and teaches courses on environmental health and justice in Native communities, indigenous food movements, Native American museum curation, and community engaged research. Her book “From ‘Garden Warriors’ to ‘Good Seeds;’ Indigenizing the Local Food Movement” explores Native American farming and gardening projects around the country: the successes and challenges faced by these organizations, the ways in which participants define and envision concepts like food sovereignty, and importance of heritage seeds.

Tuesday, March 7th

  • Noon workshop Public Kitchen with Kenneth Bailey, Design Studio for Social Intervention, at Art Lofts Lounge, 111 North Francis Street. If kitchens were public like schools or libraries, how would it change social life? Public Kitchen is one of DS4SI’s best known and loved interventions. We will explore its beginnings, discuss how it has been received both nationally and internationally, and consider its future. Kenneth Bailey is an internationally recognized activist and independent scholar based in Boston, USA, DS4SI): an artistic research and development outfit for the improvement of civil society and everyday life situated at the intersections of design thinking and practice, social justice and activism, public art and social practice and civic / popular engagement. DS4SI focuses on social interventions as the means of affecting both formal hierarchical systems like institutions and complex nonlinear systems like cultures. Sponsored by the Art Department, the University Lectures Committee and the Food Studies Network of the Center for Humanities Borghesi Mellon Workshops. Co-sponsors include Design Studies, Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, and the Center for Visual Cultures.
  • Screening of Food Sovereignty Shorts, presented by Family Farm Defenders, WUD Cuisine and the UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, at Union South Marquis Theater. Discussion afterward moderated by Patty Loew, Bad River Ojibwe and professor at the UW-Department of Life Sciences Communications. Free and open to the public.Indigenous snacks available!
    • Iroquois Creation Story (17min) Nominated for Best Animation at the American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, November 2016
    • Seven Principles of Food Sovereignty (4min)  – Farm Together Now records members of the National Family Coalition in March 2011 in DC as they read the Via Campesina Principles of Food Sovereignty
    • Protect our Future (30min) – Documentary produced by three Bad River Ojibwe teenagers that examines the spiritual, cultural, and environmental impact of a proposed massive open-pit taconite mine at the headwaters of our tribe’s ancient wild rice beds. The videographer is Jordan Principato, 14-years-old; the writer/narrator is Shania Jackson, 14-years-old; and the music composer is Ahpahnae Thomas, 15-years-old, who created an original score for the documentary.
    • The Meatrix (4min)– animated cartoon about factory farming from GRACE, 2006
    • La Via Campesina in Motion – Food Sovereignty Now (20min) 

Wednesday, March 8th

  • Indigenous lunch at Slow Food UW’s Cafe, The Crossing
  • Havens Center screening of Seed: The Untold Story, at Union South Marquis Theater, part of the Social Cinema project. Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds — worshiped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. This documentary follows passionate seed keepers who are protecting a 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 seed varieties have disappeared. A cadre of 10 agrichemical companies, including Syngenta, Bayer, and Monsanto, controls over two-thirds of the global seed market, reaping unprecedented profits. Farmers and others battle to defend the future of our food. John Peck from Family Farm Defenders will facilitate a discussion following the screening. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 9th

  • 6-9pm Pop-up dinner at Robinia Courtyard, 829 E. Washington Ave.  Advanced ticket required – go to the register tab. Chefs Yazzie, Hart, Jacobs, Baca, Stanley, Cornelius

Smoked Whitefish & Tepary Bean Dip
Buffalo & Cranberry Pemican
Posole 3 Sisters Soup | hominy corn•winter squash•beans•chili
Indigenous Salad | wild rice•amaranth•cholla cactus buds
Roast Duck & Kanastole (Traditional Oneida Cornbread)
Indigenous Pastry Dessert | gluten-free Indigenous “grains” w/ berries

  • Late-night pop-up at Forequarter – menu TBA

Friday, March 10th

  • Symposium on Food sovereignty all day location TBA
  • 9:30-11:30: Genetic sovereignty: seeds, breeds and wild species, moderated by Dr. Irwin Goldman, Chair, Department of Horticulture, UW-CALS

Julie Dawson, Department of Horticulture, UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, on her project working with local chefs

Rowen White, Sierra Seeds

Claire Luby, Executive Director, Open Source Seed Initiative

Valerie Segrest, Muckleshoot Tribe, “Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Native Food Culture” (invited)

  • 1-4:30: Food Sovereignty and the Law, organized by Dan Cornelius and moderated by Dr. Steph Tai, UW Law School.

Rowan White, Mohawk Seed Keeper

Janie Hipp, JD, LLM , Chickasaw Nation; Director, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative and Law Professor, University of Arkansas

Richard Monette, UW-School of Law, Director, Great Lakes Indian Law Center

Dan Cornelius, Oneida Nation, Intertribal Agriculture CouncilNative Market

  • Friday Native Fish Fry, The Crossing, Hosted by WUD Cuisine and featuring native chefs (advance ticket required, limited seating, reduced rate available – see ticket page for more information)
  • Pop-up at Union South featuring Ben Jacobs from Tocabe (in planning)

Saturday, March 11th

Saturday afternoon concurrent sessions, first breakout:

Saturday afternoon concurrent sessions, second breakout:

  • 3-5 Food Sovereignty in Dane County, an open space discussion to explore what is happening and what we want to see happen in our region regarding food sovereignty, organized by Family Farm Defenders. Community food system leaders will be available for discussion on specific topics. Confirmed are Dan Cornelius, Intertribal Agriculture Council, who will facilitate discussion on food access; Patrick Hickey, Director of the Workers Rights Center, who will facilitate a breakout group on fair labor issues in our regional food/farm system; and Brian Standing, Senior Planner for Dane County, who will facilitate a breakout group on government initiatives to promote food sovereignty; Roger Williams with Food Faith and Farming will facilitate a breakout on the role of faith; Olivia Perry, Dane County Planning, on food justice. Others TBA.
  • 3-5 Food Sovereignty sessions at Union South
    • 5thQuarter Room: Cuisine of This Place, moderated by Jessie Conaway, Earth Partnership at UW-Madison Arboretum, and organized by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
      • Ben Jacobs, Tocabe, Denver CO.
      • Guy Reiter, Menominee Food Sovereignty assessment, traditional subsistance, culture and cuisine, and the  Back Forty Mine.
      • Karlos Baca, Ute Nation, founded Taste of Native Cuisine in 2011 and is head chef at Dunton Hot Springs resort in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. Classically trained in French and Japanese cooking traditions, he is also an expert forest forager and works with indigenous chefs to provide wild foods to tribes in the Four Corners region.
    • Industry Room: Leadership for Food Sovereignty, organized by Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
      • Patty Loew, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences – Act 31 and teaching as leadership development
      • Howard B. Rosing, Midwest Knowledge Mobilization Network, DePaul University, on teaching food justice through activist learning
      • Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food and Water Watch (Washington, DC) and Family Farm Defenders board member

Saturday evening program

  • 5-8 Family Farm Defender Banquet, Union South Varsity Hall
    • 5-6 reception
    • 6-7 Welcome from Joel Greeno, President, Family Farm Defenders, dinner (ticket required)
        • Hors d’ouvrés using Indigenous ingredients
        • Traditional Corn Soup: hominy corn, smoked pork, beans/ vegetarian squash puree with hominy and white tepary beans
        • Mixed greens salad topped with wild rice and dried cranberries
        • Braised buffalo served over blue corn polenta with roasted vegetables
        • Wild rice, squash, and chia seed pudding
    • 7 John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize Awards, presented by Jim Goodman and Patty Lovera, Selection Committee, Family Farm Defenders
    • 7:30 “Decolonizing Our Diet”, Dr. Martin Reinhardt, Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan. He is an Associate Professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University. He teaches courses in American Indian education, tribal law and government, and sociology. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University, where his doctoral research focused on Indian education and the law with a special focus on treaty educational provisions.
  • 8-9 Social drum and dance, Union South, organized by the UW Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement

Sunday, March 12th

  • 8-10 Family Farm Defenders annual member meeting, DeJope Center
  • 9-10:30 Campus Landscape Tour, organized by Wunk Sheek (meet at Memorial Union and hike through campus to the DeJope Center)
  • 10:30-11:30 Fire and brunch, DeJope Center
  • 11:30 Chef’s Panel

Tashia Hart and Brian Yazzie from the Sioux Chef in Minneapolis

Ben Jacobs,  Tocabe in Denver

Karlos Baca, Taste of Native Cuisine, Dunton Hot Springs, CO

Kristina Stanley, Brown Rice and Honey

  • 1pm Traveling song