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SCIT breaks ground for Native Farmers Market Pavilion
6/18/2015 2:00:00 PM - Tribal Observer



SCIT breaks ground for Native Farmers Market Pavilion

Natalie Shattuck, Tribal Observer Managing Editor


The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan leaders, local officials, and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture representatives came together to break ground for the Native Farmers Market on Tuesday, June 16 on the northeast corner of Broadway and Leaton roads in Mount Pleasant, Mich.


In an effort to provide support to Native American communities in 18 states, the USDA awarded SCIT $200,000 for the new farmers market pavilion in July 2014.


CMS&D Surveying/Engineering, Case Architecture, Inc. and the Native Farmers Market Committee developed plans for a 40 x 50 pavilion, which involves a sidewalk and parking lot.


The goal for completion is July 2015. The Native Farmers Market objective is to provide fresh, seasonal, and locally grown produce to the community. Items such as honey, maple syrup, wild rice and eggs will be just a few items available.


“Mother Nature is awesome,” Tribal Chief Pego said at the ground breaking. “I’m so happy for this pavilion and that we are breaking ground today.”


USDA Michigan State Director James Turner was in attendance and said the project draws upon Michigan’s biodiversity and rich cultural heritage to promote economic growth.


“The USDA works with Sovereign Nations in Michigan and Native American citizens to make sure tribal communities have the same ability to thrive and prosper as other communities,” Turner said.


SCIT Public Relations Manager Marcella Hadden played a major role in the farmers market development.


The Native Farmers Market Committee involves Leah Markel, Nimkee health educator; Sally Van Cise, nutritionist; Toni Smith, wellness coordinator; Damian Fisher, Tribal elder; Jessica DeVerney-McLaughlin, strategic grant specialist; Mary Pelcher, Tribal College extension office project coordinator; and Angela Peters, Anishinaabe language revitalization director.


Seven vendors are currently signed up for the Native Farmers Market.



Any further interested vendors may contact Public Relations at (989) 775-4059. 

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