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Skill share & planting party

Updated: Nov 17, 2018

Like so many other entrepreneurial ventures, working in the ag biz and starting a new operation requires folks to think on their toes.

This week, when Sean and I returned from Michigan with about 200 bare root fruit trees we hadn't planned for, we had to come up with a plan to plant them immediately. Some were already leafing out, and the stress of not being in the ground was taking its toll on their fragile systems. These two-year-old whips should have been planted in early spring, and here it is June!

We belong to a South Dakota-based community-driven non-profit called Dakota Rural Action, so I reached out to the local chapter. The organizer, Matt, put together a skill share opportunity for community members who wanted to learn more about planting fruit trees, and paired it with our planting date.

It went well, and we had a nice turnout. Families, individuals, and some of our friends came by to help us dig the holes, secure the trees and get our first orchard in the ground.

Are you interested in developing a Skill Share and Planting Party for some agricultural work of your own?

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Reach out to local groups who make community education a priority

  2. Explain your need, detailing the value in the opportunity for the participants

  3. Provide tools, safety gear, instructions & refreshments

  4. Connect with participants to help them learn something special to them

  5. If you're able to, offer something in return ( we offered trees)

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