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NAPECA Project

Preserving the Traditional Ecological Knowledge of First Foods and Medicines

Organization: Consultants for Indian Progress

Location: Black, Indigenous, immigrant, and LGBTQ youth living in Pierce County (WA), as well as the larger communities of which they are a part
Country: United States
Other Organizations Involved:

Hilltop Urban Gardens, Northwest Detention Center Resistance, Groundswell Arts Collective, Black Mycelium, Latino Advocacy

Active Youth working on green projects - NAPECA project


This project promotes the preservation of agro-ecological patterns of production and traditional foodways, based on traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). This partnership for green growth proposes supporting the cultivation of the traditional foods and medicines of indigenous and diaspora groups in our community, using Hilltop Urban Garden’s Urban Farm Network and community garden spaces in eastern Tacoma (WA). The combination of establishing gardens with and for our communities, conducting indigenous plant medicinal training, and offering youth the opportunity to reflect on the work through art and storytelling will create tangible outputs in the food grown and shared, the artwork produced, and medicines shared with those along the path of our local canoe family in the 2018 Tribal Canoe Journey’s.


Main Activities


We expect that 50 high school-age youth will develop the tools that they need to lead their own culturally relevant initiatives in environmental stewardship. We expect that at least 10 of the youth will receive STEM credits at their high school. We expect to redistribute 1 ton of traditional food back into our communities and to distribute medicinal balms created by youth at the 2018 Tribal Canoe Journey.