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Gardening and Native Plant Tour Scheduled
August 15-16, 2011
By Pat Aune, UTTC Land Grant Programs Director
4 August 2011

BISMARCK (UTN) - A tour of horticulture projects is scheduled for August 15-16 at United Tribes Technical College, Sitting Bull College and Fort Berthold Community College. These organizations and their NDSU partners welcome you to tour the variety of horticulture projects located in these communities.

      Traditional gardening practices, edible native plants, community gardens, youth gardens, grassland restoration, local food sources and cooking classes are a few of the topics to be explored. Call Pat Aune at ext. 1399 if you are interested in attending some or all of the tour.

      The tour starts at UTTC Nutrition and Foodservice Kitchen on Monday, August 15 at 9 a.m. Participants will tour the Dragonfly Garden with Tom Kalb, NDSU Extension Horticulturist. This garden includes over 140 varieties of roses, along with test plots for vegetables, ornamentals and fruit trees. Traditional gardening methods will be shared by Donald Cain, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. The tour continues on the UTTC campus with a stop at the Anne Kuyper Community Garden, the raised-bed gardens planted by TJES elementary students in the Junior Master Gardening program, and the gazebo garden. The morning will conclude with a garden feast lunch hosted by the UTTC Land Grant programs.

      Edible Native Plants Walk led by Linda Different Cloud will open the Sitting Bull College tour on Monday afternoon. We will also tour the NDSU Extension community garden site and facility for preserving food and serving a weekly meal for community members. Monday will conclude with the drive to New Town. Participants are urged to contact the Four Bears Lodge as soon as possible.

      Fort Berthold Community College is hosting the Tuesday morning August 16 tour that includes stops at the Earth Lodge Site and a discussion about current and future projects of the FBCC Land Lab. Tillie Walker, MHA Nation, will share information about traditional gardening practices. We will also visit with local gardeners at the community plots and learn more about 4-H Youth Gardening. FBCC projects that will be toured and explained include: Green Manure plots, large community plots and rotation plans, native grasses and native grass restoration, compost and June Berry Research. After lunch at FBCC the tour bus/van will return to UTTC.

      If you are interested in being part of this tour group please contact Pat Aune, x 1399. Some scholarships are available to cover lodging expenses.


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