Exciting new things are happening at Earth Tipi! Today it was officially announced that Shannon Freed, Earth Tipi Founder has been accepted as a Together Green Fellow! Shannon Freed is one of 40 individuals nationwide selected as a 2011 Together Green Fellow. Supported by a conservation alliance between Audubon and Toyota, the Together Green Fellowship offers specialized training in conservation planning and execution, the chance to work and share best practices with gifted conservation professionals, and assistance with project outreach and evaluation. Each Fellow receives $10,000 towards a community-focused project to engage local residents in conserving land, water and energy, and contributing to greater environmental health.

For her Together Green Fellowship, Freed plans to use a sustainable home she created as a demonstration site for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which is located in the southwest corner of South Dakota and is home to the Oglala band of the Lakota Sioux. It resides in Shannon County, one of the poorest areas in the country. Freed will work to expand sustainable practices, like food production and wild food harvesting. She’ll offer training opportunities for residents and focus on a youth “Garden to Table” program that will take youth into gardens and forests to gather food then into the kitchen to prepare them. Eventually, she wants to develop her demonstration site into a hub for service learning projects, promoting sustainable living and permaculture throughout the reservation.