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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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.