Cheyenne Rangers 4-H Club works to improve Orchards of Hope

Photo by Eric Harrold/Fall River County Herald-Star

Hunter Hollenbeck leads the effort to construct a deer exclusion fence around the Orchards of Hope located in downtown Edgemont, this past Sunday afternoon.

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By Eric Harrold

Staff Writer

EDGEMONT – Sunday afternoon with its sunshine and reasonable warmth was an inviting time for an outdoor service project. It was the first meeting of the new year for the Cheyenne Rangers 4-H Club. The club seeks to focus on one community service project each year and this year they chose the Orchards of Hope for some improvements that will protect and enhance what has been done there to date.

The orchard contains several planted fruit trees that are still in their early years and in need of some protection from deer browse. Hunter Hollenbeck with some assistance from his dad, Mark, came up with the needed materials and plans for the new electric fence that will hopefully deter the hungry deer eager to find some tasty forage in the orchard.

In addition to the fence work, others were winterizing the orchard and making pollinator boxes. Angela Jarding and Katie Brunson were leading the charge in these areas. Several pairs of hands were assisting with construction and installation of the pollinator boxes. Dustin Ross was credited with ‘saving the day’ by bringing along his circular saw, a tool that proved handy for box construction in particular.

Participant Suzanne Hollenbeck pointed out the importance of kids having a hand in such a community project at a young age as it teaches them the input and value of taking care of something and watching it grow. “The kids were really excited about this project and how it looks better each time they work on it,” said Hollenbeck, who extended a ‘thank you’ to the community for their support in the efforts to maintain and improve the orchard.

Fall River County Herald Star

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