BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota communities and schools wanting to plant orchards can apply for financial help from the state Department of Agriculture.
Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the grants give groups the opportunity to beautify their local communities and schools and increase awareness of specialty crops.
Communities and schools can apply for the competitive grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 through the Community Orchard Project. The money is to be spent on plants, trees, equipment, planting supplies, soil amendments, irrigation and fencing supplies.
The grant money can't be used to build permanent structures or to buy land. The department has $40,000 available for the grants.
The project is part of the Agriculture Department's Local Foods Initiative.
The deadline to apply is Oct. 23.