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NATIVE SPIRIT: Farmer's market grows beyond selling fruits and vegetables

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Spirit Lake Nation, ND (WDAZ TV) - Fresh produce. Homemade baked goods. Jellies and jams. Some of the things you expect to find at a Farmer's Market.

A farmer's market on the Spirit Lake reservation is expanding beyond fruits and vegetables.

Carrie Duafala/Cankdeska Cikana Community College: “We do great things down here at this college and our farmer's market's one of them.”

Cankdeska Cikana Community College opened its doors for local farmers to share their corps with the community. Onions. Potatoes. Tomatoes. Organizers say it's the only place to get homegrown produce on the Spirit Lake reservation.

Duafala says, “To actually get fresh and local, there's not many opportunities down here.”

The farmer's market is a chance for students to show off their farming skills.

Duafala says, “Our students run the gardens.”

And it promotes healthy living.

John Pinckley/Local Grower: “Some of the nutritional aspects of our diet are lacking.”

Every week will offer a new selection, as different crops are harvested, and different sellers come to market.

Pinckley adds, “Some of the crops will get larger.”

Fresh local produce is a staple of any farmer's market, but here at Cankdeska Cikana Community College there's a new focus this year on showcasing local art.

Carol Greywater/Artist: “This is kind of a first start for me.”

Artist Carol Greywater displays her art at the farmer's market. She recently graduated from Cankdeska with a fine arts degree, and will be opening her own studio in the school's business development center.

Greywater says, “Staff there has helped me to develop my business plan, to get my feet in the door.”

There aren't many artists opening up shops on Spirit Lake.

Greywater says, “I think I might be the first.”

Greywater wants to use exposure like this to change that.

She says, “I'm hoping that through my studio I will be able to help other artists be recognized and work together.”

Duafala adds, “I think it's important to support our community. We have a lot of local members down here who do crafts. A lot of people in the area do local crafts. It's a chance for them to sell their wares and make some extra money.”

It's the same story as with farmers. Using the farmer's market to help locals share their work with the Spirit Lake community.

The Cankdeska Cikana Community College farmer's market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through November 14th.

Adam Ladwig

Adam Ladwig joined WDAZ as the Devils Lake bureau reporter in January, 2012. Prior to that he reported for KDUH-TV in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Adam has won multiple awards during his time at WDAZ, including an Eric Sevareid award and a Regional Emmy Award as part of team coverage during the search for Anthony Kuznia.  A Colorado native, Adam graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism. He misses the Rocky Mountains, but the kind people of North Dakota more than make up for that. He is thrilled to be in the Lake Region, telling stories that matter. In his spare time, Adam is usually futilely attempting to get in shape, or cheering for his beloved Denver Broncos.