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Earth Tipi Wins Fruit Orchard for Pine Ridge!

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I would like to thank everyone who supported the campaign to win a Fruit Orchard from the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation for the White Horse Creek Community on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Fruit Orchard is a project of Village Earth affiliate “Earth Tipi” (formerly Sustainable Homestead Designs). With your help, the campaign generated nearly 30,000 votes bringing Earth Tipi into third place among dozens of other communities (to win, you had to make it to the top five). This is a small step towards building a more local food economy on the Pine Ridge Reservation, a place where 70% of the adult population is suffering from dietary diseases. If you were part of this campaign and would like to stay connected to Earth Tipi and the Fruit Orchard project, you can sign up for their mailing list at

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