Orono Earth Club

The Orono Earth Club planted 10 apples trees.

ORONO — The Orono School District is planting seeds of education with their new Earth Club, which is planting apple trees with help from the Hennepin County Health Tree Canopy Grant.

The Orono High School Earth Club is a new club this year, according to a May 22 news release. The club is led by science teacher Jessica Curtis, who helps the students with activities, discussion and service projects with an environmental focus.

According to the release, the school district was left without a local source of apples after Dumas Apple House closed. The district was looking for a new local source for their Farm-to-School program.

Ten trees were planted on the north side of the Oliver Grieb Abbot Environmental Learning Center including Honeycrisp, Kinder Krisp, Prairie Fire Crabapples and Haralson, the release says.

The high school biology department plans to use the trees as part of its genetics lessons and other teachers are encouraged to bring students to observe the trees as they develop, the release says.

Frances Stevenson is a reporter for the Lakeshore Weekly News, covering the communities around Lake Minnetonka.

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