Latest BDC News and Announcements

May 20, 2021

Mesa Grande Dedicates Tribal Gardens

On May 19, the Mesa Grande BDC, tribal community members and special guests gathered for the blessing and dedication of Mesa Grande Tribal Gardens, a 20-acre organic produce and ethnobotanicals garden launched with grant funds.

 

The program opened with a traditional Kumeyaay prayer and bird songs. Guests got a preview of the plan for the gardens, which will produce vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers and traditional plants year-round. The gardens will serve as an economic resource as well as a way to improve tribal health and nutrition, restore native plantings, and reconnect tribal members to what it means to live off the land.

To see photos from the garden event, click here.

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May 20, 2021

BDC Announces Mini-Grant Program for Family Gardens

The BDC has announced that tribal members may apply for mini-grants of $300 each to pay for seeds, supplies and garden tools to plant their own family gardens either on the Golden Eagle site or in their own yards. Up to 12 grants may be awarded with available funding.

The mini-grants are part of the Native American Agriculture Fund's grant program to promote Native farming. Applications and grant information are available for download here.

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May 18, 2021

Mesa Grande Acquires

40-Acre Income Property

The Mesa Grande Band has acquired a beautiful 40-acre property immediately adjacent to the Golden Eagle Farm. The property includes a 5-bedroom/4 bath home intended for use as a high-end vacation rental. The previous owners, Terry and Carol Terebessy, contacted Mesa Grande last summer before they put their home of 36 years on the market. "We just wanted the tribe to have it," said Carol Terebessy. "We saw that they were bringing back the Golden Eagle, and we wanted to offer them the first opportunity to buy our property to complement what they are doing on the farm. We're very happy that it all worked out."

The Terebessys, in their Mesa Grande T-shirts, are shown above with BDC President Keely Linton and Board Secretary Essence Oyos at the May 19 Tribal Gardens Dedication.

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