Dream of Wild Health, Hugo MN

From Garden Warriors to Good Seeds: Indigenizing the Local Food Movement

Heritage sunflowers at the DOWH farm. Photo by Angelo Baca Heritage sunflowers at the DOWH farm. Photo by Angelo Baca

Dream of Wild Health is a 10 acre non-profit farm in Hugo MN, about 45 minutes north of the Twin Cities that works to connect urban Indian people with not only healthy fresh produce, but the knowledge of how to grow and prepare this food. From a small garden in the city to a full scale vegetable farm, over the past decade and a half Dream of Wild Health has directly touched the lives of thousands of people through summer gardening programs for youth, year-round internships, cooking classes, and the tons of fresh produce brought to the city through farmers markets and their indigenous CSA boxes.

Pollinator garden at DOWH. Photo by Angelo Baca Pollinator garden at DOWH. Photo by Angelo Baca

In 1986, Sally Auger and John Eichorn started Peta Wakan Tipi (“Sacred Fire Lodge” in Lakota), a transitional housing program for Native men in St Paul, and then…

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