We are happy to announce that one of our students, Tony Castagnoli was honored with a 2015 Wisconsin Without Borders award. A summary of the award is provided below, more information can be found at: http://morgridge.wisc.edu/766
Excellence in Community Based Research: Riley Balikian, Jessica Buechler, Tony Castagnoli
Project Name: Oneida Community Food Center and Food System Plan
Community Partner: Oneida Nation Planning Department
Our project sought to aid further development of the Oneida Nation Community Integrated Food System (OCIFS). The OCIFS seeks to develop food sovereignty on the Oneida Nation (Wisconsin) by supporting culturally-relevant healthy food options on the reservation. This includes traditional agriculture, beef and bison farms, a cannery, food outlets, farmer’s market, etc. Our project involved an overview of the history of OCIFS, the enumeration of current food system assets in the Oneida Nation, and the design of a community food center (called the Life Sustenance Community Center) and a food system visioning plan for the reservation. We worked with and through our partners in the Oneida Nation Planning Department at all times, as well as members of the OCIFSThe project is tailored specifically to the Oneida Nation, and the deliverables are in their ownership. The main project implementers from UW were from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Urban and Regional Planning Department, and the Landscape Architecture department. Funding and support from UW came from the School of Human Ecology and the Nelson Institute. We also worked closely with representatives from the USDA, FEED Kitchen (Madison). The deliverables from this project can be used as an example of food sovereignty measures being implemented on reservations around the United States. There is a resurgence of native food system structuring as a means of community development, and this project can provide a case study of how native people in the United States are seeking to preserve and reclaim their cultural heritage through food systems. and Tsyunhehkwa (the traditional, organic agriculture farm and cannery).