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Every Day is Earth Day for Our Organic Gardening Programs
4/22/14 in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation under Gardens Food
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation
Our garden program staff has been working hard to prepare the soil and plant seeds that will provide the opportunity for American Indian children and families to grow their own fresh vegetables! We know how important gardening programs are in isolated reservation communities, where grocery stores can be expensive, and very far away – the transportation alone can cost $50!
We also know it is important to educate our youth about the environment, which is why our gardening programs teach them not only how to grow fresh, healthy food, but also how to take care of Mother Earth.
Programs you help support, like Cheyenne River Youth Project’s Winyan Toka Win children’s garden, embody the spirit of Earth Day as they teach our youth traditional gardening methods, the importance of a healthy diet, the value of teamwork, and respect for our planet.
The Slim Buttes Agricultural Program also incorporates these lessons. It utilizes biodynamics, and teaches people about this holistic, organic gardening method in the process of growing food to feed children on Pine Ridge. Thanks to your support, the Slim Buttes program has supported hundreds of gardens, to feed thousands of people, and taught skills that will carry through generations!