We had a very exciting week in May from the 16th to the 21st here at Earth Tipi! For more than a year I have been working with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation to bring fruit orchards throughout the Pine Ridge Reservation. Funding was finally identified in October of 2012 and last month we were planting like maniacs! There are a total of five recipient sites that had a total of 200 trees planted plus an additional 100 trees given away to community members who volunteered at the plantings.

The first recipient was Red Cloud Indian School located in the town of Pine Ridge. At that location, 32 trees were planted and we had over 90 participants! We planted 41 trees at Lakota Hope followed by live entertainment and an arbor dedication. Next on the list was Thunder Valley where we were joined by Grow Permaculture who brought 500 pine trees to the reservation. They have been helping to plant trees as well as distributing pine trees to anyone who wants them!

Twenty trees were planted at Oglala Lakota College where the trees will be used for a study, however the event was cancelled due to rain. The fruit from those trees will be used for food canning and preserving workshops down the road! Last in the line up was Little Wound School. Little Wound s a massive school which serves more than 1000 students from preschool to 12th grade. We planted 100 trees there on May 21!