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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
- Farm Technician II: Tanner Reed
- Farm Technician: Norris Bighorse
- Farm Technician: Ethan Kennedy
- 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
- Cultural Gardener Classes 4 Times Annually in Partnership with Tri County Technology Center
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.