If you haven’t been to the Curry Preserve (Nugent entrance) in the last few days you won’t recognize the place. The blackberries that dominated the right side of the driveway have been ripped out. Root balls have been plucked and the ground has been tilled. Orchard stewards have been at work and the ground is ready for planting. There is a shocking amount of room. In fact, there is room for 31 trees. Planting will start in the next couple of days.
To date we have received approximately $700 in cash donations. This money has been used to buy fencing. Individuals have purchased and donated a dozen trees and we will hopefully have these in the ground and fenced by this weekend.
We have room for approximately twenty more fruit and nut trees. At $60 per tree we are looking to raise another $1200 to build our the orchard. With the have dozen mature trees already at the site this orchard will provide a substantial amount of food to Lummi Islanders in future years.
We are thankful for the Islanders who donated the use of their tractors, backhoes and tillers. It would have been a back breaking chore without them. They exposed a wonderful area of soil that should be extremely productive for many years.
I hope more people will see the value of this transition initiative as a step for making the island more self-sufficient and worthy of investment. You can make your contribution to the project tax deductible, if that’s important, by donating to the Lummi Island Heritage Trust and designating the “Curry Orchard Project” as the recipient.