NWIC Native Foods Educators honored with food and farming fellowship

Northwest Indian College's Valerie Segrest, Community Nutritionist and Native Foods Educator for the Cooperative Extension Department, has been selected as an advocate for a prestigious Kellogg-funded food and farming program.

As a fellow for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) Food and Community, Segrest will use multi-media, policy advocacy and community engagement to promote fresh ideas on all aspects of the national food system—supporting culturally appropriate and environmentally sustainable farming, safe processing and distribution, fair labor standards, and healthy food accessible to all. Segrest is one of 14 leaders from across the United States who was chosen for this fellowship program, which lasts for two years.

Segrest is a Muckleshoot tribal member and a graduate student in Antioch University Seattle's Environment and Community degree program. She co-authored the book, "Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture."