Support Indigenous Producers
A strong desire for local foods has led Duluth and surrounding communities to embrace regional food system investments. Buying from independent, locally owned food systems, rather than a nationally owned business, significantly reduces food miles and positively impacts the local community.
Supporting Indigenous producers is a simple, yet effective, way to make a conscious effort in the fight against climate change. In July 2018, the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) purchased the former 4th Street Market, a corner grocery store in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood. The 4th Street Market had been an anchor business, providing access to groceries and household items, for a neighborhood that largely walks and lives with lower income levels.
AICHO has a dream to reopen this beloved community space and to transform the building into an Indigenous and Healthy Foods Market, deli and coffee shop! It hopes to build opportunities to have close connections with food practices, from growing, gathering, and creating with traditional and healthy foods. The Niiwin Market will launch a new community focused on Indigenous entrepreneurship, health, food system, and economic justice while sharing the Indigenous story of this land and the history of our food practices.
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