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Jennie Gordon shovels dirt around one of the first trees

Jennie Gordon, First Lady of Wyoming, left, shovels dirt around one of the first trees to be planted in the new community orchard alongside School Board Trustee Lynette Fox, center, and Scott Musselman, Boys & Girls Club director of operations, on June 1. The trees were planted in the corner lot between the school administration building and the Boys & Girls Club along the edge of the golf course.

After months of planning, preparation and coordination Buffalo has a new community orchard. The orchard is a collaboration between the Bread of Life Food Pantry, the Boys & Girls Club and the school district with trees, bushes and vines aimed at growing local fruits for the community's benefit. Gov. Mark Gordon and First Lady Jenny Gordon attended the event as a celebration of collaboration between organizations and as a special interest of Jenny Gordon and her food initiatives around the state. 

A group of kids races to their next station

A group of kids races to their next station during the beginning of the planting event on June 1. Before any of the trees were planting the kids were split into four groups to rotate between stations and learn more about trees, tree care and the food pantry itself.

The official orchard sign is made from the Russian Olives

The  orchard sign is made from the Russian olive trees that had to be cleared to make way for the orchard and was milled and crafted here in town. The sign sits on the south side of the orchard which includes a variety of trees, bushes and vines.

Gov. Mark Gordon shovels dirt in and around a tree

Gov. Mark Gordon shovels dirt in and around a tree as the first trees are planted around the new community orchard on June 1. The first two trees were planted by a small group of kids and guests and then everyone pitched in and got the rest of the orchard planted.

Anita Bartlett holds a tree up

Anita Bartlett, Powder River Conservation District, holds a tree up as the kids walk around it to make sure it is straight on June 1. They walked a full circle around the tree to make sure that from all sides it looked straight. Bartlett came in the day before to help set up the drip irrigation system in advance of planting.

Lyvee Fox uses a hose to water one of the freshly planted trees

Lyvee Fox uses a hose to water one of the freshly planted trees on Tuesday morning in the new community orchard. Fox helped to plant some of the trees and quickly took over watering duty.

Tyrus Connors drops a shovel full of dirt around the tree roots

Tyrus Connors drops a shovel full of dirt around the tree roots to begin filling in the hole on June 1. The kids spread out to all the different trees working with the adult volunteers to help get everything finalized and planted.

Dylan Kessler holds a tree up while another club member checks

Dylan Kessler holds a tree up while another club member checks if its straight before planting it on Tuesday morning. Kessler was one of several kids from the Boys & Girls Club to join in the tree planting event to help plant the orchard and learn more about trees and tree health.

Scott Musselman and Kelly Norris welcome everyone to the orchard planting

Scott Musselman and Kelly Norris welcome everyone to the orchard planting event and list off the many thank you’s needed to make the orchard happen on Tuesday morning. The Bread of Life Food Pantry and the Boys & Girls Club of the Bighorns are two of the main organizers behind the orchard and led the event.

Gov. Mark Gordon drives in a t-post to be used to hang wire

Gov. Mark Gordon drives in a t-post to be used to hang wire around on of the trees in the orchard on Tuesday morning. Each tree received three posts to hold the wire and Gov. Gordon set two before the kids from the Boys & Girls club took over to set the third.

Zach Byram holds a t-post steady while Frannie Hicks and Shaye Byram take their turn

Zach Byram holds a t-post steady while Frannie Hicks, left, and Shaye Byram take their turn trying to drill the post in on Tuesday morning. The girls watched Gov. Mark Gordon drill in the first two posts for this tree and then took a try for themselves.

Lyvee Fox, Ben Norris, Maycee Kulze, Grace Kaiser, Ayla Puente and Callen Jons huddle

From left, Lyvee Fox, Ben Norris, Maycee Kulze, Grace Kaiser, Ayla Puente and Callen Jons huddle around a tree to learn about how the different steps required to plant a tree on Tuesday morning. First step: call 811 to check about any buried lines or pipes.

Emmit Morris uses a microscope to look at the end piece of a branch

Emmit Morris uses a microscope to look at the end piece of a branch that tried to seal itself off for self-protection on June 1.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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