Originally posted on From Garden Warriors to Good Seeds: Indigenizing the Local Food Movement:
The Zuni Youth Enrichment Program (ZYEP) began in part when Dr. Faber, a pediatrician who came to Zuni from Boston, would ask his young patients what they were doing for the summer, and the response was most often “nothing.” Over the past six years ZYEP has developed a series of programs, with the goal of promoting “the development of healthy lifestyles and self-esteem among Zuni kids by providing them with opportunities to participate in empowering and enriching activities that will encourage them to grow into strong and healthy adults who are connected with Zuni traditions.” On the hot and windy day we arrived in Zuni, youth were busy with games on the playground, and watering the small plants in the raised bed gardens.
Zuni Pueblo is home to about 10,000 people and is located about 35 miles south of Gallup NM. The reservation…
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