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What is it?

Growing Resilience is a community-based research project designed to bring home gardens to households on the Wind River Reservation in Fremont County, Wyoming and to measure the impact of those gardens on participants’ health. 


The Growing Resilience project leverages tribal assets of land, family, culture and community health organizations to develop and evaluate home food gardens as a family-based health promotion intervention to reduce disparities suffered by Native Americans in nearly every measure of health.


Growing Resilience Goals

  • Support 100 tribal families in Wind River in starting home food gardens

  • Evaluate the family health impacts of these gardens

  • Share what we learn with other tribal communities and with the nation


Growing Resilience Partners

  • Eastern Shoshone Tribal Health

  • Wind River Development Fund

  • Blue Mountain Associates

  • University of Wyoming

  • Feeding Laramie Valley

Growing Resilience
Growing Resilience

Funding for this project comes from a UW INBRE award supported by grants from the National Center for Research Resources (5P20RR016474-12) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (8 P20 GM 103432-12) from the National Institutes of Health.

UW is leading the health data collection element of Growing Resilience. The project director and principal investigator is Christine M. Porter, and the project manager is Alyssa Wechsler. Melvin Arthur, an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho tribe, will be leading the qualitative assessment of the project.

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