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Food Forests for Pine Ridge Reservation
Food Forests for Pine Ridge Reservation
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Pine Ridge, SD, US
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

Alexander Ihlo Andrew Paul Bronwyn White Chris Lopez Chris.T. Hamrin Jackelyn Severin Kerry Given Marcia Lafond Mike Wood Neal Campbell Rory Geddes Sheryl Dutton William Mann Wyatt Regan
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Food Forests for Pine Ridge Reservation

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Commercial, Intentional Communities, Community, Demonstration, Educational, Financial Economic

Project Summary

On an 8000 acre ranch on the Pine Ridge Lakota reservation, this is a comprehensive permacuture design that includes all elements of the permaculture flower but is focused on food forest installation currently. The purpose is to create a demonstration site of resilient, regenerative living at the rez.

Project Description

Our first phase is to get food forests installed on several sites, documenting the results and sharing this with anyone interested. We have planted 1000 trees and plants thus far at four locations (Ogala Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitilization Initiative, Thunder Valley, Earth Tipi, and the Pine Ridge jail) and intend to plant 10,000 as a first phase. 

Future projects include a grasslands demonstration site, value added agroforestry and silvoculture, erosion control, reforestation and more. 

Koreen has organized and co-taught two PDCs on the reservation (with Warren Brush as the lead teacher), and organized a straw bale workshop. A student from the first course, Shannon Freed, has gone on to organize building three natural buildings, is planting a food forest and putting a permaculture demonstration site on the rez. 

We are accepting volunteers and interns during spring planting season. We are looking for people who have developed skill sets in water catchment and storage (all types, including greywater, raincatchment and keyline), cold temperate food forestry, silvoculture and agroforestry, built environment/natural building, rocket stoves, etc. We also accept volunteers who don't have experience but are willing to work. 

We are focusing on creating sustainable systems that can and will be replicated on the rez and are weaving cultural and interactive programs into the design to help accomplish that. We are conscientious about ensuring we don't bring invasive plants onto Lakota lands, we use native plants where we can, and that we work with the people who live there, getting regular feedback, to ensure we are providing what they truly need and want. 

We sometimes offer courses at the rez. Check our calendar.

Project manager is Koreen Brennan at Grow Permaculture.

More info at: growpermaculture.com



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Rural Residential Commercial Intentional Community Demonstration Educational Financial
Koreen (Cory) Brennan - Project Mgmt/Design
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Bob Lawrason - Garden Manager 2015 season

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