The Minnesota Indigenous Business Alliance (MNIBA) is asking for your support to reach our goal of $10,000. Your gifts will be matched and support Indigenous entrepreneurs like Harvest Nation to have access to the business supports they need.
Your donation to MNIBA is crucial, and we will explain why... MNIBA is a critical resource hub for emerging and established Indigenous entrepreneurs and artists. When we combine their strengths with our strengths, the growth is unstoppable.
MNIBA is privileged to work with brilliant and innovative Indigenous entrepreneurs like Harvest Nation. We would like to introduce you to Harvest Nation, a vertical aeroponic farm whose revolutionary design makes healthy living a viable option to provide abundant yields of heirloom vegetables and fruits to the tables of food insecure communities throughout the region.
MNIBA refers to this as "Indigenuity" which is the action of applying Indigenous intuition to inventiveness, creativity, imagination, and innovation! Native Harvest plans to reuse the defunct Soudan Mine site on the Iron Range to launch its pilot program. Currently, about a billion dollars' worth of food is consumed and trucked into the Western Lake Superior region annually. Compared to only a million dollars produced in the region. Harvest Nation will help keep hard-earned dollars in the area to spur the local economy while protecting the Iron Range's environment and precious resources.
"MNIBA was instrumental in the formation of Harvest Nation, a Native-owned company founded by four women from the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. MNIBA believed in our vision and connected us to new resources and funding that could help grow our idea. More importantly, as an Indigenous-led organization, they understand the dynamics of navigating in a world that has yet to embrace and welcome low-income Native Women Entrepreneurs into the competitive western business arena.
Over the years MNIBA has promoted us and used their social media tools to celebrate and promote our accomplishments. Without MNIBA, another great community-minded venture would have been lost on the wayside if the concept could not find a branch to land on. Our team is forever grateful.
We have been gifted the strength to last. MNIBA is unimaginably important to us for that gift. Miigwech, Dani and Denise Pieratos, Harvest Nation"
Your matching donation will secure our $10,000 goal so MNIBA will continue to grow and strengthen its resource hub to help grow Mni Sota Indigenous entrepreneurs and artists and continue to serve amazing entrepreneurs like Harvest Nation!