MISSION

THE MISSION OF BIRD CREEK FARM (BCF) “IS TO BE A SUSTAINABLE TRIBAL COMMUNITY AGRICULTURAL RESOURCE, SERVING OSAGE YOUTH, ELDERS AND FUTURE GENERATIONS.”

VISION

Bird Creek Farm, will provide fresh fruits, vegetables, and products to the Osage Nation, its programs, subsidiaries, and its citizens. The farm consists of 1 - 72 x 40 hoop house, 2 - 96 x 40 hoop houses, 1 monarch hoop house and field crops to grow traditional Osage and native heirloom crops such as corn and pumpkins.

Harvests are provided to Osage Nation programs:

Elders Nutrition Program – Pawhuska, Fairfax

Head Start – Pawhuska, Fairfax, Hominy, Skiatook

Wah-zha-zhi Early Learning Academy (WELA) -  Pawhuska, Fairfax, Hominy, Skiatook

Language Immersion School - Pawhuska

Food Distribution - Hominy

Cultural events – Elonska Ceremonial Feasts, Funeral Feasts, Memorial Feasts

Cook Seasoned Firewood Donation for Cultural Events:

5 ricks per each Drum Keeper Head Cook, during their districts, In-Lon-Shka Ceremonial dance, funeral feasts 1 rick, Memorial feast 1 rick, Native American Church feasts ½ rick twice a year, Cultural Encampment 2 ricks, and Osage Nation events. Primary Residential Treatment (PRT) sweat lodge – Barnsdall (½ rick per week)

Bird Creek Farm, 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.

Crops harvested and donated this year:

Final BCF and Aquaponics production numbers for 2018

  • 6342.25 total lbs. of fruits and vegetables produced
  • 23 different fruits and vegetables grown
  • Donated to 27 different departments or nation events
  • 296 pumpkins to each child in all of our tribal schools
  • 68 pumpkins to employees
  • 38.5 ricks of wood donated
  • 11 career development employees utilized
  • 4 events or camps hosted
  • 2 high tunnel hoop houses built
  • 2 photo shoots
  • 2 national articles written about our collaboration with OU FRESH
  • 1 PBS documentary filmed

Video

Firewood Donation Application