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Sacaton Community Orchard Project Makes the Channel 3 News!

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The Orchard Project - Rebooted!
Background Information

Effective expenditure of Gila River Indian Community Tribal Education Allocation Monies on activities and projects addressing agriculture is the project focus.  Our goals are to foster communications between the school and community; develop students with the agricultural skill and knowledge of their heritage; support district wide agricultural initiatives. 

A couple of years ago, staff members were made aware that a citrus orchard had existed on campus following the construction of the school in 1978. The orchard had been a successful endeavor, however, the citrus trees had been removed when a previous superintendent embarked on a different project using the space occupied by the orchard.

The Project

The project is to re-establish a citrus orchard at the previous historic location. It involves planting orange, grapefruit, pomegranate, plum, peach, tangelo and lemon trees.  We are planting trees that are large enough to yield fruit in a short period of time. Students are assisting with the tree planting process then monitoring and tending to the health of the trees. Harvesting fruit will be another area to engage students. There are advantages to pursuing the establishment of an orchard over traditional gardening types of projects.

The Gila River Tribal Community is engaged in a business enterprise involving the production of citrus. Student learning and working with the orchard can utilize educational opportunities provided through the Gila River Tribal Community business enterprise.

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