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Cal Poly Humboldt Foundation

Food Sovereignty Lab

As the Food Sovereignty Lab is becoming a reality - funding is needed for the equipment to be used inside the lab. This campaign will enable the purchase of all the stainless steel refrigeration, tables and counter tops needed to complete the lab.
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by 287 supporters
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Closed on 01/04/2021
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*Thank you to our offline large donors: HSU's Place Based Learning Communities

The purpose of this Lab is to support the resurgence of Indigenous food sovereignty and traditional ecological and cultural knowledges to build better futures for our planet. This is a student designed and student led project that demonstrates how HSU supports student innovation. Groundbreaking on the lab is set for Fall 2021, and the opening of the lab is set for Fall 2022!

This Lab was designed and proposed by the students of NAS 331: Indigenous Natural Resource Management Practices who imagined a class project that would have lasting benefits for the community beyond the scope of one semester. These students demonstrated creativity and commitment for a long-lasting meaningful project that would support students attending Humboldt State, the Native American Studies program, and the surrounding tribal communities.

This lab would provide an unprecedented learning opportunity for students. By nourishing traditions that literally founded our civilizations, this kind of learning center would develop both tangible and intangible rewards to our campus community. This space will benefit from the inclusion and involvement of community and academic stakeholders. Such a forward-thinking academic development will build relationships that enrich and bring resilience to our campus community." (undergraduate student in Wildlife Biology)

The Food Sovereignty Lab and Cultural Workspace would open up a space at our University for ongoing research at HSU that focuses on community engagement and generates knowledge about some of the most pressing social, environmental, and economic issues facing our students, communities, and the world. In addition, the Lab/Center will build important career and internship experience for our students and provide our students with opportunities that have been proven to support student retention: jobs, internships, and career advancement.

Learning about food sovereignty teaches us how and why relationships to our food sources and systems are fundamental to the existence of people and nature. Native American scholar and activist Winona LaDuke states Food sovereignty is an affirmation of who we are as Indigenous peoples and..., one of the most surefooted ways to restore our relationship with the world around us. We believe that reviving our relationship with food and food sovereignty will enable us to rebuild that relationship.

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Cal Poly Humboldt students enjoy an extraordinary college experience, taking small classes taught by professors who know them by name. They live and learn in one of the world's most beautiful places—near ancient redwood forests, mountains and beaches.

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