Ziibimijwang Farm: Growing Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Wednesday, April 14th at 1:30pm | Register here

Guest Speaker:  Joe Van Alstine – Chair of the Board of Directors, Ziibimijwang, Inc.

Discussants (from the UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum):

  • David Michener – Curator
  • Jeremy Moghtadar – Campus Farm Program Manager

Ziibimijwang Farm is helping restore food sovereignty for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and other communities throughout the northern Great Lakes region.

What opportunities and benefits are there for Native American Tribes and Communities in operating a sustainable, community-based farm?  What are the challenges associated with this approach and how can they be successfully managed?  How can collaboration with tribal and non-tribal institutions, such as the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, help promote Ziibimijwang’s mission?

Please join us as Joe Van Alstine will discuss ways in which Ziibimijwang is working to provide a reliable food source for tribal community members independent of the larger food system, encourage healthy eating, and enhance people’s knowledge of how to raise their own food.


  • UM College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
  • UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
  • UM Office of Research
  • UM Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • UM Sustainable Food Systems Initiative
  • UM Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
  • UM Museum Studies Program
  • UM Department of American Culture
  • UM Native American Studies Program
  • UM Office of Government Relations
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Interdisciplinary Group