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.


Anishinabe Application


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