Many innovative programs are seeking to support Native American communities in becoming more food-sovereign and self-reliant. Across the country, as households turn to planting and gardening as a relaxing hobby or to become more self-sufficient during turbulent times, the act of cultivating one's own food has taken on a greater significance. That's especially true among Native American communities, where the pandemic has laid bare an enduring food crisis and a desire to return to customs and traditions that some fear are slowly being lost. Native seed organizations say the pandemic has increased interest in what they've been doing for decades.

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