Orchard Planting on White Earth

“If you plant an annual crop, that’s great, but if you plant a tree you can feed your descendants.”

-Winona LaDuke

Orchards on White Earth, Planting the Next Economy

This past spring Honor the Earth partnered with The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) for three days of orchard planting on the White Earth Reservation. The three sites are Honor the Earth’s Akiing Farm and Solar Manufacturing facility in Pine Point, the Circle of Life Academy in White Earth, and the White Earth Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Center in Ogema. A total of 110 trees were planted among the three sites, including apple, pear, plum, apricot, cherry, as well as hazelnut bushes. “If you plant an annual crop, that’s great, but if you plant a tree you can feed your descendants,” says Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth. Cem Akin, Executive Director of FTPF, describes their work as “providing communities with fresh, sustainable, nutritious harvests in their backyards, so that the air they breathe and the water they drink is clean.”

For more information on FTPF visit http://www.ftpf.org. To watch a video of the orchard planting visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo-MCGh9ahc

 


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