If you want the literal definition of things like food sovereignty and what a food desert is you can google in. But here is what they really mean to people thru their own voices. “I come from a culture of warriors and hunters and that was how you provided for your family. But jobs are scarce on the reservation and I can’t find one so I go to the tribal office and fill out some papers to prove I am poor and then twice a month I go to the community center and get food in a box off the back of a truck and I am ashamed and have no dignity…” Lakota Warrior South Dakota 2010. “This food your giving me sure helps. Hey can you go by my friends house if you have extra or take some of mine to him. He has it worse than me, I have running water he doesn’t have electricity or running water.” Hancock County Tennessee 2017 “The doctor says I need to manage my diabetes better. Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. But there is one little mart on the reservation like a convenience store even when there is fresh fruit it is 3 times as much as the grocery store in town so I can’t afford it. I don’t have a car to drive the 50 mile round trip to the stores off the rez and couldn’t make it in winter even if I did so what am I supposed to do.” Grandmother Chippewa Cree People Montana.
Food sovereignty, eliminating food deserts, and alleviating food scarcity its about dignity, hope, and about not dying sooner than other people because you don’t have enough food or nutritious food available to you. Its about your grandmother managing her health and your children not crying because their hungry at night, and not making a choice between electricity and food.
Get involved, make a difference, stand up for what’s right, and stop food waste. If you would like to help me help others you can donate at outofdarknesstohope
It was Tatonka Iyotanka better known as Sitting Bull of the Lakota people who said: “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” That questions comes to us today what future, what life are we going to leave for our children. outofdarknesstohope That link goes to my go fund me page to help me continue serving others and making a better future for our children. I have spent most of my life in service to others. I have worked on conservation issues in Florida. Worked with the Homeless in Montana. Worked against health disparities on Native American Reservations and with hunger relief in Tennessee. I have chances to keep serving. In Nebraska I have an opportunity to work preserving wildlands, helping a town convert to 100% renewable energy and against the effects of the keystone pipeline. Or in the Dakotas and Montana working on Hunger Relief and developing food sovereignty programs with Native American peoples. What stopping me is the money it takes to relocate: rent utilities moving itself although i am a minimalist so my possessions will fit in my car lol. If you can help even in a small way please do. I love helping people, I am passionate about making this world better for our children, Its where my heart is. If you can help even if its just resharing this post or offering words of encouragement please do. Its awkward asking for help believe me. Thank you for reading love, peace, and happiness to you all. If you don’t wish to help this way please find a way to serve in your own community and make the future bright for children everywhere.
This summer I spent in service with an Americorps hunger relief program in rural Tennessee.
Cane chair maker Tennessee
Along with lunches provided to the children by my other amazing team members I delivered over 17,000 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies to the children and their families. It was so amazing. To help understand the struggles faced by the people we serve our pay is based on the poverty rate in that area. My pay was 740 a month for the summer. I burned through my savings to do the work it was so needed and such a wonderful opportunity. I am blessed to have been offered other service opportunities but need help as they all require me to relocate and I just don’t have the funds to do it. I have opportunities in South Carolina working to help people transition off of assistance to being financially stable. In Nebraska to work with conservation efforts to bring jobs to rural Nebraska and help a town reach its goal of 100% renewable energy sources. One in the western United States working with Native American Tribes on hunger relief and food sovereignty. If you can help I have set up a go fund me page for donations to help with moving costs, renting a new place, and getting utilities turned on. I have worked most of my life in service to and helping others it is my passion. My heart goes out to people in need and I have worked to help Native peoples and rural people in Montana and rural groups in Tennessee and many places in between. I hate asking for help for myself but if you can please click on the link below out of darkness to hope. outofdarknesstohope
So I went for a drive before camping the other evening and found 2 cool old buildings. The Acuf Chapel 1786 first Methodist Episcopal Church in Tennessee and a barn with an old sign on the side:
The next shots are the morning shot from my tent what an awesome way to wake up with the sun and the birds singing -my shots of the trail the morning light thru the trees was amazing and a random turtle because why not.
Met this dude on the hike said his trail name was “smokey” he was cool but all he wanted to talk about was how only I could prevent forest fires which seemed like an awful lot of pressure I mean every should do their part