Conscious Alliance is a national nonprofit organization committed to hunger relief and youth empowerment. Since 2002, we have provided more than 1.6 million meals to Native American reservations and communities nationwide. We believe a Learning Garden is the perfect vehicle to combine our mission of hunger relief, youth empowerment, and sustainability on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, one of the poorest communities in the country
The Learning Garden at Pine Ridge Elementary School will cultivate self-empowerment by giving youth a chance to see what hard work and dedication can produce. The youth will learn the process of growing healthy and nutritious food while being able to see it develop before their eyes.
Due to the extreme poverty on Pine Ridge, many families rely on commodity food provided by the government. This food is often high in sugar, salt, and calories, and has been linked to a high rate of diabetes. The food grown in the garden will provide nutritious vegetables to the younger generation of the reservation and encourage healthy eating habits.