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Published February 22, 2013, 01:50 PM

Orchard grants available for communities, schools

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Communities and schools wanting to plant orchards can apply for financial help from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Communities and schools wanting to plant orchards can apply for financial help from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says competitive grants are available through the Community Orchard Project, which encourages locally grown fruit as a means of developing a sense of togetherness. Communities and schools can apply for between $500 and $7,000 to buy trees, equipment, planting supplies, soil amendments, irrigation and fencing supplies.

The grant money can't be used to build permanent structures or to buy land. About $20,000 is available in total.

The project is part of the NDDA's Local Foods Initiative, funded through the USA-Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

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