Trees Water & People

Trees, Water & People is committed to improving people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. We believe that natural resources are best protected when local people play an active role in their care and management.
Sep 3, 2013

Spreading Renewable Energy on Tribal Lands

Installing Pam
Installing Pam's new heater

After completing a Solar Air Heater Training with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, we were able to donate five solar heaters to a group of our students who want to start their own renewable energy company in Montana. Kale Means, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, assumed responsibility for the heaters and, two weeks ago, we received these pictures of him installing a heater for Pam Robinson and her family on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.

It is great to see our students taking their own initiative to spread clean energy throughout Indian Country. We also hope that these heaters help Kale develop a reputation as a source of renewable energy in his community, just as Henry Red Cloud has done on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Recently, Kale also attended our Native American Green Business Development Training and he is taking the next steps toward launching his own renewable energy company. This training is something that we have been working towards for the last year. While the training is the continuation of a process we started in 2008 – giving Native American students the technical skills they need to enter the green job market – it is only the first step in our new Green Business Development Program. The next will be awarding one “Start-Up Assistance Scholarship” to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center student with the best application, which means we think he or she will have the best chance of succeeding in his or her environmental social enterprise. The fact that this training is only the start of us helping more Native Americans create livelihoods that benefit Mother Earth made this week extremely special for me.

Thank you for your generosity and support of renewable energy on tribal lands! We could not do this work without friends like you. We love sharing how your donations have changed lives. Was-te!

A team effort to install the new heater!
A team effort to install the new heater!
Kale Means graduating from business training
Kale Means graduating from business training
Green Business Development Graduates
Green Business Development Graduates
Sep 3, 2013

Solar Water Pumps, Veggies, and a Canning Class!

A Bountiful Harvest

It has been a busy summer at the Solar Warrior Farm! With the help of some great volunteers, we made a lot of improvements to our hoop houses in March which made it possible to start thousands of seeds early, giving us a headstart on the growing season. A wide variety of fruits and vegetable seeds were planted - and are now flourishing - including potatoe, cucumber, squash, tomatoes, corn, melons, blackberries, strawberries, hot peppers, bell peppers, and artichokes.

Teague, one of our amazing interns and the Garden Coordinator at Solar Warrior Farm, lives at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center and helps to take care of the expansive garden. He recently sent this exciting update:

"Tonight I'll be passing out close to 100 lbs of fresh veggies with Henry. Most of the recipients are local Lakota artists who gather every Wednesday to sell their wares. Last week I did the same with close to 60 lbs of cucumbers and squash. It's great to sit and talk with different community members about their stories and about their life. The garden has been exploding with cucumbers and squash. The tomatoes are just starting to give red fruits, and the corn is tall and strong. Some stalks are over 10 feet tall. The lettuce is about to be harvested and the onions will be ready soon. The drip irrigation is working wonderfully and there has been plenty of rain for extra growth, which is both a blessing and a curse for me as more rain equals more weeds, and there are already plenty of weeds!"

Trainings

With the help of our friends and partners at Solar Energy International (SEI) and Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), students installed a solar water pump at the Sustainable Agriculture and Solar Water Pump Workshop. Powered by a solar array, the pump pulls water from the nearby creek and feeds into a gravity drip-irrigation system to water our garden at Solar Warrior Farm. Now that is sustainable. The training also included an overview of drip irrigation systems and vermicomposting with John the Worm Man.

Teague also helped to facilitate a canning course, offered by the amazing Teresa Holbrook. This was a first for us and we were able to get a lot of food from the garden canned! Teague also met with two women from Colorado Aquaponics and visited a woman’s home garden to give her advice. The two women from Colorado Aquaponics also gave Teague great advice on improving our greenhouses, which he plans to work on in the coming weeks.

Thank you all for your continued support of this very important project! We could not do any of this without your generosity. We look forward to sharing more updates with you as we harvest veggies, host more agricultural trainings, and bring quality food to the Lakota people of Pine Ridge.

   

Installing a solar water pump
Installing a solar water pump
Solar Water Pump Training
Solar Water Pump Training
Solar powers our water supply!
Solar powers our water supply!
Canning workshop
Canning workshop
Solar Warrior Farm - August 2013
Solar Warrior Farm - August 2013
Lydia Red Cloud loves to help work on the Farm!
Lydia Red Cloud loves to help work on the Farm!
Solar Warrior Farm
Solar Warrior Farm
Jun 12, 2013

Thank you! You have helped to fully fund our project!

Thank you!
Thank you!

Hello Friends,

You are awesome! With your help, the "1,500 Clean Cookstoves for Haitian Families" project has been funded. We are so grateful for your generosity. Your donations have helped thousands of people in Haiti reduce their monthly fuel costs, improve their health, and reduce environmental degradation.

In a country where 90% of the population is dependent on charcoal to cook every meal, a stove like the Zanmi Pye Bwa ("Friend of the Trees") is truly a life-changing technology. This amazing clean cookstove reduces fuel consumption by 40% every time it is used! Plus, it is built by Haitians using all local materials. You have helped us bring this stove to so many families in need and, at the same time, helped to create jobs and economic activity.

We hope you will stay connected to our work and continue to follow the progress of this program. You can connect with us in many ways:

Thank you again for making this project a success and helping to bring hope to our friends in Haiti.

Kind regards,

 Sebastian Africano 

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