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.
Key Words: Community Garden or Farm, Educational Program, Food Access, Health and Wellness, Training Program
Population Served: Tribal community or community members
Scope of Work: Increases healthy food, Increases access to traditional food, Builds wealth within the tribal community, Develops skills and opportunities for tribal community members, Improves viability of local agriculture, Improves policies that promote healthy food and healthy communities, Provides nutrition education to community members, Generates revenues for local economy, Builds community assets