Initiatives « Food Is Our Medicine

Food Is Our Medicine | Initiatives

  1. Complete Native landscaping of the William Seneca Building – (back of the bldg.)
  2. Develop Native landscape plan for the Seneca Allegany Administration Building.
  3. Develop a Native seed collection program
  4. Establish a Native plant nursery on territory
  5. Create a Native plant certification program
  6. Develop a Farm-to-School program at the Early Childhood Learning Center
  7. Apply for licensure to enable vendors to accept Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) at the Farmers Market so that low-income families can to purchase healthy food while supporting local growers.
  8. Maintain and expand food preservation activities (i.e., canning, drying, etc.)
  9. Create a product line of healthy food items for local gas station food shelves.
  10. Establish a Groundskeeper position to maintain and restore Native species on landscapes around Seneca Nation public buildings.
  11. Create a Seneca Nation bylaw stating that all new and future public development projects will be landscaped with plants that are indigenous to Western New York, native to the Seneca Nation territories, or significant to the Seneca culture.
  12. Publish a “No-Planting List” for landscaping, environmental plantings and forestry initiatives on the Seneca Nation Territories.
  13. Explore opportunities to establish an SNI Farmers Market at Allegany. The proposed site is adjacent to the Seneca Iroquois National Museum (SNIM).
    Market would start mid-May, Tuesdays, 9 AM -1 PM.


We will strategically orient future initiatives so that they will be mutually supportive and create sustainable jobs in the local economy. As examples of this reciprocity, Food Is Our Medicine will work toward accomplishing the following:

  • The Native seed collection program will support the Native plant nursery, which will in turn be utilized by participants of the Native plant certification program.
  • Children attending the Cattaraugus Territory’s Early Childhood Learning Center will have fresh produce to eat as part of the Farm-to-School Program. This Program will introduce children to eating fresh, Native-grown food items and will also help to create a pool of next-generation agricultural growers.
  • Excess produce will be composted back at the Native plant nursery or utilized in the food preservation program.
  • Freshly grown produce will be packaged as a product line of healthy food items to be sold at convenience stores located at Native-owned and operated filling stations.


All of these initiatives will minimize waste and maximize utility of Native plants in the local food system.