Nez Perce Tribe offers workshop on bringing in local, healthy food

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The Nez Perce Tribe is offering a free workshop today and Wednesday to build a plan for locally sourced foods to invigorate the Lawpai community.

Lapwai was chosen by multiple federal agencies to implement the program, according to a news release from the tribe.

Representatives from the U.S. agencies will help coordinate the workshops. Those agencies include the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Appalachian Regional Commission and Delta Regional Authority.

The workshops are designed to identify and utilize locally produced foods, to strengthen Lapwai's economy and expand healthy food options.

Today's session runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pi Nee Waus Community Center, 100 Main St., Lapwai.

Wednesday's workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lapwai Methodist Church.

During the workshop, agency partners and locals will assess current food production using a modern and historical perspective in food production, the release said. The goal is to increase healthy food access, farmer training and encouraging eateries to serve local food.

Part of the federal partnership also pairs revitalizing Main Street in Lapwai, which includes creating access to biking and walking paths to downtown and other community development projects.

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