Kalispel

Washington

The WSU Kalispel Tribal Extension Program office opened in 2011 and is located at the Kalispel Career Training Center north of Cusick, Washington, 55 miles north of Spokane on the Pend Oreille River.

Activities

Projects are guided by a tribal advisory committee. The focus is on gardening projects with youth and adults, native foods and nutrition (including cooking classes for kids and adults in partnership with WSU Food $ense), developing a 4-H program including STEM activities, horsemanship and archery, and working with the Kalispel Natural Resources Department on forestry, water quality, wildfire and other resource issues.

Highlights

Tribal community garden

The Tribe maintains six garden plots. FRTEP teaches Tribal members how to plan, maintain and harvest the produce which is then used in Food Sense nutrition education classes or given to Kalispel community members. The project has had high rates of participation. Because the growing season is short in this area of Washington, people are eager to learn what they can grow and how they can use it in their kitchen to feed their families. The Kalispel Reservation is nearly 20 miles from the nearest supermarket that sells fresh fruit and vegetables, so this program really increases access to fresh produce.

Project information
New content coming soon! The Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) is a successful tribal community outreach model focusing on agricultural productivity and youth development. This website provides information on FRTEP projects on reservations across Indian Country, highlighting success stories and sharing ideas. FRTEP offices are located on reservations and staff often partner with local communities, governments and institutions.

Camas Center Youth Program Garden
New content coming soon! The Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) is a successful tribal community outreach model focusing on agricultural productivity and youth development. This website provides information on FRTEP projects on reservations across Indian Country, highlighting success stories and sharing ideas. FRTEP offices are located on reservations and staff often partner with local communities, governments and institutions.

Contact Information

Cheryl Sample Reese – 4H Program Coordinator

Phone Number

509-447-7436

Email

cheryl.samplereese@wsu.edu