"My name is Upingaksraq (the time when the ice breaks). Spring Alaska Schreiner is the owner and Principal Ecologist-Indigenous Agriculturalist of Sakari Farms/Sakari Botanicals and the Central Oregon Seed Exchange. I am an enrolled member and shareholder of the Chugach Alaska Native Corporation and Valdez Native Tribe. Inupiaq lineage allows a unique/diverse cultural perspective of the use of historical food systems ranging from Alaska to Oregon and regional tribal lands on Turtle Island. Spring serves on multiple regional and national agricultural boards and educational committees and advocates for local farmers and tribal members. Spring received the 2019 NASDA Women Farm to Food Award, and more recently, the recipient of the 2021 Na’ahlee Tribal Fellowship. I participate in the USDA Indian Agricultural Council, Made by Native American Export Food Program, Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, American Indian Housing Authority, Warm Springs Indian Tribe Community Garden, PNW Intertribal Food Sovereignty Coalition, and many other regional policy based boards and committees."
Sakari Farms is located in Tumalo, just West of Bend, the heart of Central Oregon. Our farm works in collaboration with the Central Oregon Seed Exchange as a unique Deschutes County based cold climate seed bank, offering free seed and agricultural education to the public. We also host Sakari Botanicals, our Value Added Product culinary and healing tribal business. Our farm also houses a unique NW Tribal Seed Bank dedicated to our regional and national Tribal Members only. Sakari Farms is unique in that we grow Native American Tribal Foods, offer on-farm Technical Assistance through our on-farm classes, and implement research based tribal seed production, contract and wholesale growing. Our current growing creations consist of specialty tribal peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, herbs and one of a kind native flowers. Our farm practices organic and biodynamic growing practices and holds the Intertribal Agricultural Council’s “Made by Native American” patent certification.