Dream of Wild Health
September 27th 2012
Dream of Wild Health (DWH) is a ten-acre organic farm located 24 miles northeast of Minneapolis, in the town of Hugo, Minnesota. The farm was started in 1998, by Peta Wakan Tipi as a way to connect Native people with indigenous foods and medicines. DWH offers various programs in attempts to achieve this mission.
Through its seed saving program, DWH has collected more than 300 varieties of indigenous seeds that have been mailed in from all over the United States. Each year, with the help of the University of Minnesota, they grow out a portion of the seeds to keep them viable.
In their youth and family program, DWH helps families learn how to live healthy lives. They work with youth to grow, cook, and sell vegetables at a Minneapolis Farmer’s Market. “I enjoy working with kids,” said Clara Sandberg. Sandberg, who has been with the organization for two years, started as an intern; she is now the Administrative Assistant & Marketing Coordinator. Sandberg says that farming is hard work and it can be difficult getting this across to kids, but she adds “You can see the pride in their faces when they see the results of their work.” In addition to selling the food at the farmer’s market, the farm also makes regular donations to food shelves and elders programs.
Lastly, DWH sells a cookbook. The book includes stories about traditional foods, artwork, pictures and quotes that show how gardening has changed the lives of many. If you’d like to learn more about this organization, please visit their website www.dreamofwildhealth.org.