Food Resource Equity and Sustainability for Health (FRESH)


The Food Resource Equity and Sustainability for Health (FRESH) project began in 2016 and is in partnership with Osage Nation. This five-year project supports the vision of the Osage Nation to work towards its self-determined food sovereignty goals.


This intervention included installing edible garden plots at tribal elementary schools, adopting farm-to-school menus, and implementing a preschool healthy eating and gardening curriculum and healthy eating and food sovereignty parent curriculum.

As the only evaluation of a multi-component, multi-level gardening intervention with Native American families, this study contributes much-needed evidence on the efficacy of gardens in improving the food environment and health of rural Indigenous families.

Funding Information

Sponsor: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Grant Number: R01MD011266
Principal Investigator: Dr. Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, DrPH, MPH

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