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Agriculture & Natural Resources Department

Mission Statement

The mission of The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Department is to steward Lumbee lands and waters by honoring our ancestors and their traditions, strengthening our existing farm community by advocating for Lumbee agricultural opportunities and promoting tribal food sovereignty.

Program Overview/Goals

Short-term and long-term goals for the department include the following: 

  • Food Distribution

  • Agricultural Education Opportunities

  • Financial Training and Resource Networking

  • Agri-Tourism

  • Forestry and Natural Resources

  • Rural Development that strengthens the agricultural economy within our tribal communities

Current Focus Areas/ Services

  • Facilitate advocacy, networking, business assistance, educational opportunities, and training for our Native producers.

  • Survey our Native producers located throughout tribal territory to fully understand our current resources and needs within our tribal food system. 

  • Strengthen existing efforts to defend and protect our land, air, water, and other natural resources from pollution, climate change, and unsustainable development. 

  • Serve as a resource for Native producers. 


Larry Edwards

Culturally Responsive Environmental Justice Program Coordinator


Kevin Melvin

Tribal Historic Preservation Officer



Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Department

171 Comtech Drive Suite B

Pembroke, N.C. 28372

910.522.5465 or (910) 521.7861

We have created a survey that will help us learn who our farmers and producers are and how we can best serve you.  If you are interested, you can also be listed in a future Lumbee Producers Directory, to help promote your business.

Please complete the Lumbee Ag Producer Survey here:



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