LEHI, Utah — See the film “Gather,” meet and discuss with guest speaker Twila Cassadore, Traditional Food Harvester, and raise money for IndigeHub.org Food Hub to benefit Dragonfly Farm on April 20 at Kiln in Lehi. Tickets can be purchased here.
The Navajo Nation spans over 27,000 square miles, yet only 13 grocery stores serve its population of over 170,000. Unfortunately, many Navajo communities are situated in remote areas, making it difficult to access fresh and healthy foods. Additionally, the cost of transporting goods is high, with little investment in infrastructure. This has resulted in a concerning lack of access to proper nutrition for Navajo citizens.
This is where Food Hubs aims to make a difference. Food Hubs have the power to transform the Navajo Nation’s food landscape by not only providing a source of nourishing, fresh foods but also jump-starting the local economy and creating jobs.
The non-profit organization, IndigeHub, has a purpose-driven vision to help indigenous communities secure their economic futures and achieve self-reliance with unique, indigenous-led solutions. Through creating co-working hubs, Food Hubs and Blackbird Shared Kitchen, innovation, collaboration, and creativity become a way of life, empowering indigenous people to build economies that will thrive for years to come. Addressing the obstacles, like limited access to capital and business education and training, will ensure Native American entrepreneurs greater support.
“Food is not just sustenance; it is a vital part of our cultural identity and connection to the land. By creating food hubs on the Navajo Nation and beyond, we are not only nourishing our bodies but also reclaiming our sovereignty and promoting economic independence, “ said Bleu Adams, director, IndigeHub.org. “Through these hubs, we can support local farmers and food producers, preserve traditional knowledge, and build a sustainable future for generations to come.”
Perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring stories within the food community is that of the Native Americans fighting to reclaim their cultural identities through food sovereignty.
“Gather” is an intimate portrait of their struggle, showcases the resilience and strength of a people battling the trauma of centuries of genocide with every meal they prepare. Through food, these individuals are redefining what it means to be sovereign and their commitment to revitalizing their heritage is nothing short of inspiring.
“I urge you to join us in this effort and support the development of food hubs within Indigenous communities so that we can ensure a healthy and thriving community for all,” said Adams.
Film Screening & Fundraiser to benefit Dragonfly Farms on the Navajo Nation.
Thursday, April 20, 6-9 p.m.
KILN – 2701 N Thanksgiving Way #100, Lehi, UT
$35 per person