Help Win an Orchard for Pine Ridge

Village Earth affiliate, Sustainable Homestead Designs, based on the Pine Ridge Reservation has entered a contest to win an orchard from Dreyer’s Fruit Bars brand and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. In order to win, they need the most votes for their project.

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You can vote once per day (please do), here’s how!

  1. Go to www.communitiestakeroot.com
  2. Find “Manderson: Sustainable Homestead Designs” by clicking on the “List by State” tab and select South Dakota.
  3. Cast your vote.

Sustainable Homestead Designs is a project whose mission is to create sustainable housing and food sovereignty on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Home to the Oglala band of Lakota Sioux, Pine Ridge Reservation is one of the poorest reservations in the poorest county in the country. Rate of diabetes are staggeringly high in part due to lack of access to healthy food. Our homestead model site is located in the middle of the reservation in the White Horse Creek community, close to the community of Manderson that includes about 1000 residents. The closest shopping is 35 miles away in the town of Pine Ridge. The local grocery store does offer a small selection of fresh produce but supply is often limited and the quality poor. Organic produce is not available anywhere on the reservation. For organic produce and greater selection residents must travel 90 miles to Rapid City, a trip that is prohibitively expensive for most families. A fruit tree orchard in this location would offer a great resource to the people of Manderson and White Horse Creek by creating access to fresh organic produce as well as educational opportunities through workshops and classes that will be hosted on site. Further, it will create a wonderful launch pad from which we can initiate more orchards throughout the community and the reservation so that an even greater population can be served.

For more information please visit: www.sustainablehomesteaddesigns.org.

Help Build a Pallet House on Pine Ridge

Cob/Strawbale house built by Sustainable Homestead Designs in 2010 workshop. Click here to see more photos at SHD's website.

Village Earth’s newest grassroots affiliate on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Sustainable Homestead Designs, in collaboration with New Jura Natural Building is hosting a Pallet House Building Workshop on the Pine Ridge Reservation July 23, 2011 – August 31, 2011.

Pallet homes are inexpensive, relatively simple to build and are highly energy-efficient. Learn the specifics and intricacies of building a house start to finish using pallets! Foundation preparation/building, laying electrical, plumbing , installing windows as well as building custom doors and cabinetry will all be covered.

Walter  Yellow Hair and his wife having been living in a camping trailer on their land for the past 2 years (incl through where temps drop as far as -50). With few resources and no help, Walter has been attempting to build his own home. However, during the harsh winter his efforts were blown over by strong winds. We are excited to be building this house for such a motivated and deserving family!

The cost of the workshop is $1500.00 (includes: food, camping and instruction)

For more information about participating in or supporting this project please contact Shannon Freed at:

Home – 605-867-2259
Cell – 605-454-0315
Email: [email protected]

Click Here to support this project with a financial contribution.

About Sustainable Homestead Designs:

Sustainable Homestead Designs is to create sustainable and accessible housing and food sovereignty on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in an effort to build resilience to climate change as well as improve the general standard of living in the community. Our first goal is to complete a sustainable homestead as a working model. This will serve as an example for the community in regards to what is possible. Phase two began this March and will focus on food production as well as construction of a house made from pallets. http://www.sustainablehomesteaddesigns.org

About New Jura Natural Building:

David Reed has been a conventional building contractor for 24 years. He has spent the last six years focusing on natural building techniques and creating an intentional community in Texas. The philosophy at New Jura is simple, “Let go of all the things in life that bust your wallet!”. Everyone wants a spot where they can feel more relaxed and free and that’s what we have. Reduce, the new stuff you buy. Reuse, the stuff you already have. Recycle, the stuff that’s left. http://www.newjurabuilding.info