ATTENTION BEGINNING FARMER RANCHER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICANTS: April 11th IS THE DEADLINE to get your livestock and horticulture questionnaires completed and sent in. The first livestock class is scheduled for April 22, 2016 at Cottonwood Field Station west of Phillip and the first horticulture class is scheduled for April 14, 2016, 11a-1p at the Tribal Wellness Center Conference room, this class will cover Introduction to Market Gardening: Learning to Grow on a Commercial Scale. The Beginning Farmer Rancher Development programs will be accepting applications until all positions have been filled. Contact the SDSU/Cheyenne River Extension office at 605/964-4955 for more information.
Our Extension office has three Americorp members who will be serving our communities until late summer. Introducing Janie Ducheneaux, Lowanla Uses Knife, and Robin Alonzo, all three will be involved in gardening activities and recruiting efforts for the Beginning Farmer Rancher Development programs and Dupree Wellness Coalition.
Garden classes are being held every Wednesday from 12:00p-1:00p at the Elderly Nutrition Center. Janie Ducheneaux is our Garden Educator and she will be leading the classes, everyone is welcome. Janie is also coordinating the tilling services for gardens so call our office to get on the list for tilling.
Lowanla Uses Knife is working with junior high and high school classes at CEB school to offer garden classes and promote interest in the school garden. The CEB school garden was implemented in 2014 and is there for classrooms to use. If any teachers of any grades are interested in utilizing the garden boxes please contact our office and talk to Lowanla.
Robin Alonzo will be working with the Dupree SiouxYMCA garden project. This garden is a collaborative effort between our programs to increase gardening knowledge among youth and our communities.
We would like to thank the Title I program for the donation of garden, flower, and herb seeds. We are promoting a seed giveaway, you can find seeds at CRST Property and Supply garage. We also want to thank Property and Supply for donating temporary storage space. We will be moving the seeds soon so stop by and grab as many as you like.
The Canpa Unkakupi project is now providing presentations to junior high and high school classes in Eagle Butte and Laplant. Students learn about the cultural, spiritual, medicinal, and nutritional value of the chokecherry. Some classes were able to make wild plum jelly and taste wild chokecherry cough syrup. Most students were able to take home a dried chokecherry patty. If you are interested in having this experience in your junior high and/or high school classroom, contact the SDSU/Cheyenne River Extension office to set it up.
Earth Day is coming up on April 22, 2016. If you would like to collaborate on a gardening event for your classroom or group please contact our office. Watch for our Earth Day activities.