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Wind River Grow Our Own partnering with garden club to provide strawberries to the reservation

Published: Mar. 27, 2021 at 4:48 PM CDT
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FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Wind River Grow Our Own 307 is a nonprofit bringing back food sovereignty through gardening on the Wind River Reservation. One of the co-founders is excited about a new partnership with a gardening club inspired by strawberries.

Co-founder of Wind River Grow Our Own 307, Darrah Perez-Good Voice Elk stated, “We got a tour of the strawberries here and some of the strawberries grow during the early spring months here, and Ernie told us that the strawberries on this side will grow toward the harvest season, and these ones will grow more year round on this side. So we’ll get a different variety out into the reservation, and we’ll plan to do that when they start growing, about next month.”

The partnership is with the Fremont County Master Gardener’s who are helping to grow and introduce different varieties of strawberry plants on the Wind River Reservation.

The idea is to build cold boxes to provide and teach community members on the reservation about growing the berry. Zoom sessions will also be offered to teach more about growing and preparing your own food.

“It’s all an introduction, so what we’re doing is introducing these into the community and our hope is that people continue to water and continue to have these plants thrive so that we can eventually have some of their plants go and help another family. It’s just like the reciprocity of helping others to help us all heal,” added Perez-Good Voice Elk.

To learn more about Wind River Grow Our Own or to be a part of their Zoom trainings, call (307) 240-4257, email growourown307@gmail.com or visit their website at https://growourown.garden/.

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