The Heritage Trust Board has given their enthusiastic approval to Thurid Clark’s proposal to rehabilitate the orchard at the Curry Preserve. So, this is no longer an ad hoc initiative of the transition team but “The Heritage Trust Orchard Project at the Curry Preserve.” Those of us who proposed the idea are very thankful that the Trust Board has not only endorsed the idea but allocated funds for clearing the blackberries that are in the way of planting trees. Yesterday a group of orchard stewards met with Heritage Trust staff to iron out the details.
Clearing should be finished by mid-March. Then Heritage Trust volunteers will take over grading, pulling blackberry root balls, seeding grass, digging holes, sifting dirt, and planting, staking, fencing and maintaining the trees. There will be costs involved in buying the trees and the stakes and metal fence posts and fencing materials. If anyone has fencing material they would like to donate we would be interested in hearing about it.
We will also need to raise some cash to purchase the trees and fencing material. We don’t have a firm estimate of costs yet but the guesstimate is $60-$75 per tree. There is room for approximately 20 semi-dwarf trees. At the most we would need to raise $1500 to complete the project. Tax free donations can be made to the Lummi Island Heritage Trust and designated for “the orchard project.”
This is an important community project and an exercise in self-reliance, a chance to make an investment in a community food source for years to come. Hopefully, readers of this blog will see the value of these additional trees and help with a contribution of money or material to The Lummi Island Heritage Trust. And, The Heritage Trust will, of course, welcome any volunteers who want to be apple tree stewards.