A group of Lummi Islanders, led by Thurid Clark, proposed an idea to the Heritage Trust—rehabilitate the old orchard at the Curry Preserve and plant a new orchard that would serve the island in future years enhancing our food security and sustainability.
That project is nearly complete. You can see a slideshow here.
The Heritage Trust Board budgeted $800 to clear out the blackberries that were clogging the site and for seeding the finished orchard with grass (seeding has been done). So far an additional $865 in cash contributions has been raised and spent on fencing. Fence stakes, tractor and tiller time and trees have been offered as in kind donations.
Here’s where we stand:
Twenty-five individual tree fences have been constructed. (We have room for six more fences)
Ten trees have been planted. (We have room for 21 additional trees and currently have commitments for 7 more trees).
Here’s what we need to finish the project:
$200 for the final 6 fences. (Labor will be donated).
$100 for irrigation parts (labor will be donated).
$350 for 14 more trees @ $25 each (orchard stewards will plant the trees and maintain them).
(Contributions can be tax deductible by making donations to the Lummi Island Heritage Trust and indicating the gift is for the Curry Preserve Orchard Project).
This orchard, over time, will produce a lot of fruit and nuts (apples, pears, plums, cherries, walnuts, hazlenuts) and will be a great benefit to the island. Hopefully, it will be the first of many public orchards. We encourage you to drop by the Curry Preserve and take a look and determine if the project is worthy of your support.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.”