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Online voting could bear fruit for United Tribes
16 May 2011

BISMARCK (UTN) - United Tribes Technical College has an opportunity to get a big boost toward establishing an orchard to grow fresh fruits for the campus community.

Dragonfly Garden is a place to learn how to grow a garden, eat healthy food, enjoy the beauty of nature, and get lots of exercise. Educational programs will demonstrate science-based, sustainable gardening practices, with an emphasis on native plants. Hands-on gardening will involve students from the campus-based elementary school, high school students participating in summer programs in environmental science, and college students and staff. Dragonfly Garden will be open to everyone in the community to tour and gather ideas about caring for their own gardens and landscapes. The produce will be used by campus families, the school cafeteria, and local food pantries. To start, the garden will contain vegetables and flowers. With your help, we can expand it to include an orchard with lots of fruits to enjoy! Tom Kalb, NDSU Extension Horticulturalist; Dragonfly Garden Co-coordinator

      But the college needs help. With enough votes, UTTC will receive the trees free.

      The college is a participant in the "Communities Take Root" online balloting contest.

      "Our aim is to have apple and plum trees, chokecherries, raspberries and any other fruit hardy enough for our climate," says Pat Aune, director of the college's USDA Land Grant Programs.

      The orchard will be added to the college's Dragonfly Garden, a new outdoor classroom for Native American students and their families at United Tribes.


      United Tribes is in among the tall timber competing against 120 neighborhood projects across the country. Large population communities have a distinct advantage in this second year of the program sponsored by Edy's Fruit Bars brand and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.

      To win, the college needs a little something from all its friends to gather enough votes to be in the top 20. The first round of voting ends May 31.


  • People of all ages are invited to cast one vote online each day by visiting www.CommunitiesTakeRoot.com.
  • Locations with the most votes win a fruit orchard.
  • Five winners will be announced on the 1st of each month from June through September.
  • Voting is open all summer, until August 31.


  • You can vote every day at the website: www.CommunitiesTakeRoot.com.
  • After registering, click on the tab to “Plant.” Find North Dakota under the list of states or on the interactive map.
  • Click on United Tribes and “Plant Your Vote” for Dragonfly Garden!

“With your help we can make the Dragonfly Garden orchard a reality. Please support us,” says Tom Kalb, NDSU Extension Horticulturalist and Dragonfly Garden Co-coordinator.


      Be sure to plant this idea with family, friends and co-workers. Forward this announcement and vote every day if you can.

      Edy's Fruit Bars is a product of the Nestles brand; the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation is an international nonprofit dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve air, soil, and water.

      Dragonfly Garden is a partnership with North Dakota State University, the Master Gardener Program, local garden centers, and gardening programs of the National Resources Conservation Service, Dakota Prairies Resource Conservation & Development Council, and North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

      For more information, please contact Pat Aune, paune@uttc.edu, 701-255-3285 x 1399, http://landgrant.uttc.edu.


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