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Organic Farm Helps Feed Red Lake Tribe Members
Leaders of the Red Lake Indian Reservation hope to feed the roughly 5,000 tribal members who live there with fresh, organic produce grown on the northern Minnesota reservation.

The tribe has expanded their garden to a 4-acre patch of farmland on the southwestern border of the reservation, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The garden has many vegetables including pepper, kale and tomatoes.

The garden is using fish guts from the tribe's walleye processing facility to fertilize the land and help the crops grow.

"I heard a lot of stories about traditional uses of fish heads and the waste products of fish," said Sam Strong, the tribe's economic development director. "They would bury it, just right next to the plant. If you think about it, fish guts are comprised of nitrogen. It's the perfect fertilizer."

Anglers catch 1 million pounds of walleye from the lake every year. About half of what leaves the tribe's processing facility is bones, heads and guts.

 
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