Wiyot Tribe
Plant Enterprises:

Vegetables, Flowers, Herbs

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Put real name of real plant
here -- this happens to be a vanilla
orchid from FL park

This dummy page is an example both of PR and to generate actual customers for Blue Lake's greenhouse-based agriculture. To do that, I have to know what they grow and how they sell it. I imagine veggies are herbs, organics, and other high-priced stuff for health food stores. Are flowers and shrubs for sale on-site? Is there a catalog-order? What might they want drop-in tourists to buy? Do they want to generate veggie/herb orders from food co-ops? This page could help their agriculture enterprise a lot -- need some gorgeous closeup plant pix, and some pix of Indian people working, stroking, gazing, etc. at plants. Good pix of flowers are very hot on the web, properly indexed it should get a lot of traffic, and might get a feature mention in several glossy native plants, herbs, and flower gardening mags. The "reality" below is copped from the Blue Lake Wiyot report to the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

A seedling conifer tree nursery established in 1988 failed to make a profit -- becasuse the state sells seedling trees at $150/thousand (enough to cover more than an acre), so other businesses can't compete. These small trees are now being used in theNative redwood forest rehabilitation project of the Intertribal Sinkyon Wilderness Park project. The Wiyot tribe is a member of the Native park council. The tribe operates 2 greenhouses on 6 acres, concentrating on vegetable and flower production. This enterprise now employs 4 tribal members and generates $15,000 profit annually. The Business Council plans to add 9 more greenhouses; the enterprise will then be able to employ 35 people

Photos of 2 hydroponic greenhouses I found offered for sale on the web. Replace with inside and outside actual pix of Blue Lake Wiyot greenhouse facility,
Inside photos of somebody else's hydroponics greenhouse.
Tomatoes growing in the for-sale greenhouse. It would be so much better to have pix of people working in the real Wiyot ones.
Flowers for landscaping, house plants, and health nut medicines -- such as this native coneflower, now hot as supposdly boosting natural immunities. Grows on prairies, chosn for looks on this page (probably doesn't grow in N. Cal.) Point is to have several nice flower pix.

Map shows how to get to the Wiyot tribal greenhouse and nursery facility. Make such a map, scan good CA roadmap, just the detail area, cutoffs from 101 and 299. Float as call-out from tiny silhouette of CA state outline.

So come and visit us, email to get our plants catalog, landscape your yard, get a nice house plant, check out our natural foods and herbs, etc. Need more info on what they grow and how they sell it.

And, this bit of survival-commercialism continuing: Do they have cultural matrials -- written, baskets, beadwork, anything for sale? Do they have land rehabilitation, landscape "native planner" consulting services (I bet that would be a winner). People available for consulting of (fee-paid) speaking engagements? Cultural ed materials -- books, pamphlet? See also news and tourist info pages for some other crass, commercial (aka survival) ideas.

Departing from the $$$ aspect -- Wiyot are represented on the Intertribal Sinkyone Wildernss Park Council. Have a couple statements about that, and how it relates to Native stewardship and sprititual relationships to the land -- which in turn relates to why their plants enterprises ar a natural outgrowth in modern times of a Native environment-centered business. Web page tribal histories and PR should if possible generate intrest that lads to income. A couple of Canadian tribes are really hip on this, very classy beautiful presentations weaving together history, culture, crafts, environment, natural attractions, etc. to stimulate tourist desire to come there and spend a lot of money. Key to this is (a) Lots of good photos and (b) Interviews with tribal people (v. short, a paragraph or 2).

Try to get all pages, but especially this one, listed in searchengines and linklists all over. Most likely customers will be in CA and Oregon -- so make a special search, email outreach to webmasters, in those states. Get page link-listed also on places like "Native Americans and the Environment" and also make phone contact with editors of glossy magazines like The Herb Companion for herb and flower gardners to promote feature article. If the Wiyot Greenhouse enterprise is growing some unique plants such as some Native herbs but doesn't really have enough to handle and promote its own mail-order business , there could also be a try to get its plants listed/featured in some of the classier, glossier catalogs. In keeping with the herb farm idea (which of course may not apply to them at all) a number of very succssful businesses combine this with a tourist operation, with a restaurant serving "gourmetfood from our gardens," educational tourist through (small) fields/gradens/grenhouses, and vaguely plant-related gift shops. All this is just such a total natural for an Indian-centred greenhouse flowers and plants business! They could really clean up with it, theirs would be unique, culturally and artistically, it would have educational cultural content that all these other herb farms and wildflower gardens just can't have.

Now however, you tell me it's Tabl Bluff, a completely differnt Wiyot tribal group, got nothing to do with plants, which was what my big inspiration was anyway. As you probably knlow, I have 50 web-pages on Indian plants/herbs (mostly staying away from medicines for the reasons stated), concentrating on the ones I know from around here, for Native-centered botany-science-cultural educational resources. I'm highly interested in our plants. While I realize a casino is what's going to really bring in the bucks, it was their plants and flowers operation I was really excited about. So....NUTS!....(acorns...cooked up in a big mush-boiling basket. yum. I'veactually made acorn mush, though on a stove.). Wrong tribe!

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