Images courtesy of Dream of Wild Health
Dream of Wild Health is one of the oldest Native American organizations in the Twin Cities. In addition to its office on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, Dream of Wild Health owns a 30-acre farm in Hugo, MN. The farm grows a variety of crops including traditional indigenous foods using saved rare seeds. The farm serves as the base for its youth programming during the warmer months where participants learn about traditional gardening, cooking, and cultural practices while developing job and leadership skills. Dream of Wild Health produce is used to feed those in need and sold at farmers markets and through its Indigenous Food Share program. Dream of Wild Health also partners with other Native-led groups and is part of the Indigenous Seedkeepers Alliance, a network of Native people and organizations dedicated to returning indigenous foods to our communities. It is a lead member of the Indigenous Food Network, which aims to increase access and consumption of Indigenous foods in schools and programs serving Native American youth and families. In the wake of COVID-19, Dream of Wild Health adapted its farm and market practices and youth programs, donating fresh produce as food insecurity increased, offering youth programming in a hybrid format, and launching a YouTube channel.