Ya-Ka-Ama gets an orchard
Ya-Ka-Ama Indian Education and Development, Inc., a non-profit tribal organization in Forestville, California, is receiving a fruit orchard on Saturday, Dec. 1, thanks to the Dreyer’s Fruit Bars Communities Take Root program, a nationwide initiative in collaboration with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. For a third year, Dreyer’s Fruit Bars is planting fresh fruit orchards in dozens of communities across the United States.
Ya-Ka-Ama Indian Education and Development carries a focus on promoting education in the tribal Communities of Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Napa and Marin Counties. Ya-Ka-Ama was established in 1971 to help promote and improve educational and health needs of the growing tribal population. Today, YKA continues to provide services to the tribal members by assisting in GED preparedness, workforce development and offering fresh, seasonally grown produce from its garden. Throughout YKA’s service area, diets have changed drastically from the traditional subsistence to a commodity/fast-food form. The YKA orchard program will benefit their tribal community by providing healthful produce free of charge.
Ya-Ka-Ama Indian Education and Development, Inc., is one of 17 organizations nationwide who will be awarded an orchard this year, based on receiving the most number of votes from supporters within the Forestville area and throughout America. Dreyer’s hope is that the fruit tree orchards will not only beautify the community, but also help to strengthen the neighborhood and encourage healthy eating.