Maximizing Family Resources through Gardening

This project’s vision is “To encourage families to move toward a traditional diet heavy in fruits and vegetables through family gardening with the intent of eating produce in season and preserving the excess for later consumption.”

This program will work with 80 Head Start families (20 per year over a four year period) to provide nutritional education and to encourage gardening by distributing seeds and seedlings as well as tilling of a garden. In this effort, families will plant gardens and learn methods to preserve garden produce while learning about traditional gardening, food preservation and healthy lifestyles. We would like to provide the selected Head Start children and their families targeted educational services (child focused, parent focused and family focused) related to healthy eating and pre-gardening.

The program will focus on eight areas of education. These areas will include:

  • Gardening basics
  • Native American gardening techniques
  • Food safety
  • Nutrition
  • Food preservation
  • Weed and pest control
  • Horticulture
  • Cottage industry

All activities will focus on lifelong learning skills that will improve economic well-being, social well-being and overall health choices. This project will also explore community development, volunteerism, youth development, and cottage industry through community gardening projects, youth gardening activities and demonstration gardens.


Summer 2018

  • The garden applications are now available! You will find the application attached below. 
  • The Anishinabe Gardening program will provide families with educational opportunities such as gardening basics, Native American gardening, food safety, nutrition, food preservation, weed & pest control, horticulture, and cottage industry and garden assistance (tilling of garden, seeds, and seedlings).
  • *Preference will be given to those families who have Head Start age children and elders.
  • *Gardens will not be made any larger than 28’ x 35’. There will be no exceptions!
  • *A complete application must be received by May 4, 2018  on the close of business day!!

Applications for Summer Gardening, please click here!!!

Applications can be mailed to:

Michelle Short-Azure

TMCC Director of Extension

Improving Family Health through Gardening

P.O. Box 340

Belcourt, ND 58316

Phone: (701) 477.7972

Applications can be hand delivered to:

Michelle Short-Azure

Tribal College Extension

Anishinabe Learning, Cultural & Wellness Center

Located 1.5 miles North of Belcourt on BIA Road #7