Peta Wakan Tipi created the Dream of Wild Health program in 1998 as a way to connect Native people with indigenous foods and medicines. In the early days, we leased a ½ acre of farm land in Farmington. There was just enough room to start a Women’s Medicine Garden and grow out some of the old seeds that had been donated from Cora Baker, a Potawatomi elder and Keeper of the Seeds, and families around the country.
As the program grew, we began searching for a permanent home for Dream of Wild Health. After a lengthy search, in 2005 we purchased a 10-acre farm in Hugo, complete with a modern farm house, pole barn, and two-car garage that serves as the Learning Center. In 2007, we repaid a loan from the Otto Bremer Foundation and now own the farm, free of debt!
Dream of Wild Health now offers educational programs that include traditional American Indian agriculture, seed keeping, healthy nutrition, and culture. Each year, we serve more than 3,000 Native and non-Native people through tours, workshops, community feasts, school visits, and summer programs.