For more information on the Harvest Land facility or to schedule a tour, please contact the Department of Natural Resources at 918-287-5333.
Osage Nation's Harvest Land is a working farm located in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Osage Nation experienced a breakdown in food systems. When the Osage Nation received CARES Act funds, it became apparent that there was a significant need to build the infrastructure to increase the capacity of food production. In light of this, the Harvest Land contains a 40,000 square foot greenhouse and a 44,000 square foot program building. The program building contains a large aquaponics system, a food processing area, and a water lab. Also located on the farm is an orchard that contains fruit and nut trees. The farm is a significant development in tribal food sovereignty efforts by providing locally grown produce year-round to the Osage people.
HARVEST LAND STAFF
- Supervisor: Dawn Wormington
- Business Development Specialist: Jason George
- Food Sovereignty Coordinator: Harleigh Moore
- Horticulturist: Cody Vavra
- Farm Technician II: Tanner Reed
- Farm Technician: Norris Bighorse
- Farm Technician: Seth Jacobs
- Program Assistant: Margaret Sisk
IN THE NEWS
- National Congress of American Indians: Tribal Governance Innovation Spotlight on Osage Food Sovereignty
- Osage Nation Celebrates Opening of Harvestland
- Osage Nation growing fresh produce for community with Harvest Land farm
- Osage Nation aims to eliminate food desert with $13 million facility
Harvestland harvests are provided to Osage Nation programs and the Osage community:
- Elders Nutrition Program – Pawhuska, Fairfax
- Osage Nation Wah-Zha-Zhe Early Learning Academy - Pawhuska, Fairfax, Hominy, Skiatook
- Osage Nation Daposka Ahnkodapi - Pawhuska
- Cultural events, including the In-Lon-Schka and other important feasts
- Farmer’s Markets
HARVEST LAND NOW ACCEPTS EBT!
Seasoned Firewood Donation for Cultural Events: The Harvest Land seeks to provide seasoned firewood for cultural events, including In-Lon-Schka, ceremonial events, memorial events, and feasts. Find the firewood donation application here.
Harvest Land benefits from a set of regional and local plans already in place, addressing the health, economic and cultural developments sought to be accomplished by the Osage Nation 25-year Strategic Plan.
The farm is also an educational facility for children and teens all year long. Summers at the farm are busy. The farm is a worksite for the Financial Services-Summer Youth Program, National Youth Works Volunteers, Church Summer Camps, and Native American Agriculture Student Groups.
The farm was chosen to be a site visit for the Eastern Oklahoma Regional Youth Food Summit. After the tour of the farm, a traditional Osage meal was cooked and served for their lunch. Bird Creek employees set up tables and chairs under trees. Tables were set with traditional dishes by the Wak'on Owatsi Women's Group founder, Dr. Mora Red Corn. The meal was prepared by Head Cook, Marjorie Williams.
In spring and fall, Harvest Land hosts the Osage Education Department's STEAM Camps. These camps incorporate the Osage Nation Daposka Ahnkodapi (school) and Wah-Zha-Zhe Early Learning Academies from Hominy, Pawhuska, Fairfax, and Skiatook. For many Osage children, this will be the only farm they will ever visit.