Friday will be a productive, community driven, educational day in Fort Washakie. Individuals from numerous entities and the community as a whole will come together to put on a community garden event that will cover the spectrum of student groups.
The day will include Fort Washakie Charter High School students constructing two community Gardens at the Fort Washakie Boys and Girls Club garden and at the Wind River Tribal College garden. They will be joined by volunteers from Fort Washakie and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). BOCES Green Construction, the Wind River Diabetes Program, Apple Valley Market, Mr. D’s Grocery, the Bread Board, the Noble Kitchen and the Gourmet Gulch also offered support for the day’s activities.
At 9 a.m., the day will start with a traditional Native American prayer, then volunteers will jump in and get their hands dirty at the Fort Washakie boys and Girls Club garden. When the first raised garden bed and fencing is complete and lunch has been served, the team will move to the Wind River Tribal College garden to erect the second community garden bed.
The day was designed to create public awareness of the importance of preserving our natural environment and developing and maintaining sustainable growing practices that promote healthy lifestyles and connect us with the natural world. It will be an important, lasting lesson that the community will be able to enjoy for many growing seasons to come.
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