By Sulz, Dave on October 9, 2020.
It’s harvest season and Red Crow Community College’s community garden enjoyed a bountiful one this year.
The garden, established by the college in 2018, recently harvested potatoes, corn, carrots and onions as part of its continuing mission to assist food security. All Kainai Blood Tribe departments contribute to the garden’s success, with produce going to feed community members free of charge.
Produce from the garden is also distributed to food banks in Standoff, Cardston and area, Lethbridge and St. Paul’s School on the Blood Reserve.
Red Crow Community College at Standoff is a First Nations college founded in 1986. In 1995 it became the first tribal college in Canada, and continues to expand its operations by offering more courses, such as the Niitsitapi Agricultural Program, which was established in 2017 by recruiting students for the preparatory agricultural program. A certificate/diploma program in partnership with Olds College was established in 2019. Red Crow College also operates in partnership with other colleges and universities in various programs.
The community garden’s harvest came in spite of challenges posed by a shortage of irrigation water and farm equipment – challenges the college hopes to solve by next year.
Dr. Adebusoye (Ade) Onanuga serves as the Agricultural Research and Curriculum Development co-ordinator while Roy Weasel Fat is the program co-ordinator.