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1 Tom Trapp TrappleOrchard.com June 6, SonShine Orchards

2  Nebraska has a proud history of apple production stemming from the 1800’s  Arbor Day – Nebraska’s Own  Renown Nebraska Orchards  Ideal Climate Chill, Rainfall, Soil, Varieties SonShine Orchards

3 Modeled after Community Gardens Sponsors: schools, cities, churches Prevalent in UK, Canada Efforts Growing in the US – Edy’s & FTPF.org – – Community Orchards – Investing in the Future Community Orchards – Investing in the Future Local efforts – Trapple Orchard – Our Orchard – SonShine Orchards – Community Orchard Effort SonShine Orchards

4 Unites & Involves Your Community Promotes Sustainable Agriculture Encourages Healthy Lifestyle Educates on Nutrition Endorses Genetic Biodiversity Expands visibility of your Ag Ed Program Leaves a Legacy Expands Educational Program SonShine Orchards

5  Community Awareness & Involvement  Healthy lifestyles  Nutrition  Biodiversity  Permaculture  Life-long Learning  Agri-business / Fundraising  Outdoor Activity / Learning Lab SonShine Orchards

6 Property Donation Sponsor & Core Steering Committee School / Business Partnerships Volunteers Promotion & Marketing Legal (part of city, stand-alone, LLC) Apples, Pears, Plums, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches, Berries Grants are Available SonShine Orchards

7  Partnered with West Harrison SD’s Ag-Ed Program  2 Acres - River Sioux, Iowa (I-29, exit 95)  Platted 10’ apart x 15’ rows  Apples, Pears, Plums, Apricots, Cherries  Alley Orchard Cropping – Perennial Herbs  Between trees – Raspberries, Blackberries, Gooseberries, Currants SonShine Orchards

8  Trees need 1” of water a week  Iowa Rainfall is adequate (30” a year)  Deep Root Irrigation (Bainbridge)  Passive Rainwater Collection Elevated 275 g IBC Totes  1” on 30’ x 30’ shed is 561 gallons  Drip Irrigation System SonShine Orchards

9 Commitment & Ownership Bugs, weeds, diseases Wildlife – Deer, rabbits Diseases Spraying IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Community Support Stay Motivated! SonShine Orchards

10 1 Semi-dwarf Tree = 1 Semi-Dwarf Apple Tree = Wh 280 Semi-dwarf Trees =  4 Bushels of apples  160 Pounds of apples  8 Gallons Juice, sauce, or cider  20 Apple Pies  = $260  1,120 Bushels of apples  44,800 Pounds of apples  2,240 Gallons Juice, sauce, or cider  5,600 Apple Pies  = $72, SonShine Orchards

11  Sign up List   Starting A Community Orchard in N. Dakota Starting A Community Orchard in N. Dakota Tom Trapp Trapple Orchard SonShine Orchards

12 Start Your Own Community Orchard And we’ll be eager to hear Your Story! SonShine Orchards


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