Fort Berthold Gardening is Organic

May 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-1: Honoring Our Native Knowledge, Tribal College News

Fort Berthold Community College has launched a new program in horticulture on its campus in North Dakota. The college used its first equity grant to purchase a tractor and implements needed for sustainable (organic) farming on a 10-acre land laboratory demonstration plot. The second equity grant will be used to purchase irrigation equipment, machinery shed, fencing, and state-of-the-art tools for the agricultural mechanics shop at the new college facility.

Congress designated the tribal colleges as land grant institutions in 1994. One of the provisions of the legislation authorized $50,000 per year equity grants. Fort Berthold has articulated its agriculture division programs and courses with the North Dakota University System. Thus students can transfer their credits to the state’s land grant institution, North Dakota State University. Credits can be applied to their four year degrees in one of 18 agricultural disciplines and more than 30 specific career options. In addition to its horticulture program, Fort Berthold’s Agriculture Division also offers farm/ranch management, agribusiness sales and service, and agriculture transfer. (See Tribal College Journal, Fall 1995.)

Fort Berthold’s new campus was dedicated in May in conjunction with the college’s Founders Day. The $2.5 million expansion includes classrooms, labs, and staff offices. The Three Affiliated Tribes chartered the college in 1973. It had a record enrollment of 462 students last academic year and graduated 42 students.

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