The staff have several projects under the Environmental Department to support the Food Sovereignty of the Shinnecock Nation. Staff continue to grow vegetables in Tanohketeaonk and oysters in the waters. Through the Sustainable Food Systems, the department provides seeds to all community members who wish to grow food in their own yards, as well as other resources and information. Community members also recieve the opportunity to learn food preservation techniques. Future plans include working with Cultural Resources to teach traditionally smoking. The staff also works with the local hunter and baymen to provide wild game, shellfish, and finfish.
La Via Campesina defines food sovereignty as “the right of Peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.”