Minnesota author, advocate to speak virtually on food sovereignty for Back to Basics event

Diane Wilson will talk about the importance of having a sustainable, local food source in a virtual keynote address live on Happy Dancing Turtle's Facebook page for free at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.


PINE RIVER — Diane Wilson sees food sovereignty as a critical piece of the cultural recovery work for Native communities. But, the noted author/advocate also points out, food sovereignty issues relate to everyone.

“People often have an incomplete understanding of how the food choices we make impact the world around us,” Wilson said in a news release. “The relationships we have to plants, animals, water and air is critical to our well-being and our survival as human beings.”

Wilson will present the virtual keynote address for the 16th annual Back to Basics on the topic of "Growing Justice and Equity in Our Food Landscape." Wilson is the former executive director for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance and author of “The Seed Keeper.”

Interested parties can watch the virtual keynote address live on Happy Dancing Turtle's Facebook page for free at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.

Those who register for the virtual workshops outlined below will receive a Zoom link for the keynote, giving them the option to watch it live or after it is uploaded to the channel with all the virtual workshops.


From Jan. 22 through Feb. 6, all virtual workshops will be available for paid participants to watch at their leisure. In-person workshops will begin Jan. 24, running as a series of evening classes through Feb. 25, at Pine River-Backus High School.

Workshop topics include homesteading, food, health, well-being, gardening and sustainability. A Spring Fair will be held outdoors Saturday, May 21, at the Lakes Music & Events Park in Pine River.

For more information about all these events, visit With headquarters in Pine River, Happy Dancing Turtle is a nonprofit dedicated to growing good stewards of the planet by providing education, programs and experiences for youth and adults.

What To Read Next
Get Local