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Spotlight on Sioux County (10/11/2013)



Sioux County hoop buildingsWith just a handful of staff and a whole lot of volunteers and energy, Sue Isbell, Extension agent, is making great strides to help residents of Sioux County in their desire to create a sustainable community through gardening and youth entrepreneurship. Sue’s Extension colleagues in the Southwest District wanted a first-hand look, so 19 agents took a field trip to Fort Yates in conjunction with their district conference on Sept. 11. They toured the community garden that has grown to three high tunnels (“hoop” buildings) along with box gardens and a small orchard. The garden is cared for by community members, youth and Elders, and  it generates a steady supply of nutritious produce that is not regularly available in this food desert. Agents also toured the embroidery and silkscreen business, Sioux Image, that has been established in the Solen High School through a National 4-H Youth Mentoring grant. This entrepreneurial venture provides youth with an opportunity to operate and manage their own business.

Gerald Sturn, District Director

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