Food Summit Offers Indigenous Food Festival, Workshops and Volunteer Opportunities | Humboldt NOW

See the full list of Food Summit events here.

A virtual keynote by Soul Fire Farm’s Naima Penniman will take place on Tuesday, April 12 at 2 p.m. Penniman serves as director of the farm’s program, where she equips a returning generation of black, brown and Indigenous farmers with the skills to take back leadership. in the food system and chart a dignified future for the earth. Sign up for the keynote here.

Join Oh SNAP!, the Umoja Center for Pan-African Student Excellence and the Office of Sustainability at Bayside Park Farm (930 Old Arcata Road, Arcata) for volunteer drop-in hours, Friday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will likely work on a combination of planting, preparing beds, and turning compost piles, and hear about Umoja’s Black to the Land program and connect with other students interested in learning more about the agriculture, gardening and food production. Bring good shoes and gloves if you wish.

The Food Sovereignty Lab & Cultural Workspace will host an Indigenous Foods Festival on Saturday, April 16 at its Behavioral and Social Sciences building site. The festival begins at 11 a.m. and features Indigenous organizations, food producers, food vendors, hands-on activities, music, speakers, panel discussions and more.

Participants in the Medicinal Properties of Plants Workshop will be introduced to herbalism in an Indigenous modality on Tuesday, April 19 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at BSS 408. Evie Ferriera and Karley Rojas will discuss the history of herbalism, energetics and actions, and food as medicine. They will focus on specific plant species that are accessible that participants can begin to build a relationship with, and will have a hands-on activity of making elixirs. Participants will receive their own elixir sample to take home and a recipe card.

A prerequisite for this workshop is the “Gathering for Indigenous Empowerment” workshop. If you did not attend the pre-workshop, please complete the activity and assessment (email [email protected], Karley Rojas, for link). If you have completed the prerequisites, Register here.

Faculty, staff, students and guests accessing campus facilities at any location within the university must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster shot if eligible. Any unvaccinated student, staff, or faculty with an approved exemption must be tested weekly for COVID-19. Guests must follow the campus visitor policy, which can be viewed here. Wearing face masks on the Cal Poly Humboldt campus is optional but encouraged.

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