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INDIAN COUNTRY COMMUNITY ASSET DIRECTORY

FOOD, AGRICULTURE, AND HEALTH EQUITY INNOVATIONS

Organization Profile

Website: cherokeenaturalresources.com/horticulture

Point of Contact: David Anderson

E-mail Address: daviande@nc-cherokee.com

Phone Number: 828-359-6099

Region: Eastern Region,

Type of Organization: Tribe or Tribal department/organization,

EBCI Horticulture Office, Cherokee, NC Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are proud stewards of the land. The Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources consists of may successful offices, one of which, is the Horticulture Office. The Horticulture Office was originally started in 2013 when the Jessie Owle Dugan Native Plant & Greenhouse Facility was constructed. The facility and office has many functions which includes the production of vegetable transplants, fruit trees/bushes, honey bees, 30+ species of native plants, and Cherokee cultural seeds for the Cherokee community. The Horticulture Office also participates in seed banking, hosting educational events, and offering services to tribal farmers. Currently the production area consists of 2 seed banks, 6 acres of field production, 7,200 sq. ft. of greenhouse space, 30 raised beds, 8 mini cold frames, with plans to increase production space in 2020. The goal of this office is to be a service to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and be a tool for tribal economical diversification.