One of the best things for us to eat is fresh fruit. Yet it is one of the hardest things to come by on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
You and I know that fresh produce is costly enough. But on the reservation, where it needs to be trucked over large distances, the cost is higher. There are no chain markets and the smaller stores can’t buy in the quantities needed to reduce the price. So most reservation children don’t get a lot of fresh fruit.
ONE Spirit has a food program which, through sponsors and direct purchases by rezidents, supplies some families with fresh produce and meat on a monthly basis. This is helpful.
But imagine an orchard growing right on the reservation. Not only would there be fruit, there would be jobs available, skills to be learned. What a brilliant idea!
Village Earth affiliate, Sustainable Homestead Designs, based on the Pine Ridge Reservation has entered a contest to win an orchard from Dreyer’s Fruit Bars brand and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. In order to win, they need the most votes for their project.
All you have to do is go to the site via the link I’m providing and vote. It’s just a few clicks. You can vote once a day until May 31, when the first round of the program ends. If you’re really a caring and concerned person, you’ll also pass this link to your friends and ask them to vote too.
As I write this, the project, which is listed as located in Manderson, SD, is in third place. They are about 200 votes shy of second place and about 1800 votes short of first. I know my readers can help propel them to the top.
I voted today — won’t you?