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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.
For more information on the Harvest Land facility or to schedule a tour, please contact the Department of Natural Resources at 918-287-5333.
HARVEST LAND STAFF
- Supervisor: Dawn Wormington
- Business Development Specialist: Jason George
- Food Sovereignty Coordinator: Harleigh Moore
- Horticulturist: Cody Vavra
- Greenhouse Technician: Holly Swan
- Farm Technician II: Tanner Reed
- Farm Technician: Norris Bighorse
- Farm Technician: Ethan Kennedy
- Program Assistant:
IN THE NEWS
- National Congress of American Indians: Tribal Governance Innovation Spotlight on Osage Food Sovereignty
- Osage Nation Celebrates Opening of Harvest Land
- 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
- Cultural Gardener Classes 4 Times Annually in Partnership with Tri County Technology Center
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.
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.