SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) - The seeds of the South Sioux City Community Orchard were planted back in 2014, and over the years thanks to numerous grants, its many improvements have taken root.
The orchard is located near Freedom Park in South Sioux City.
It was created to allow residents to learn about growing and harvesting a variety of fruit.
Along with fruit trees, the orchard features a home for honey bees, and in 2018 a classroom was added to allow for educational classes.
To help power the classroom, solar panels were added.
New improvements also include a rain garden, antique apple trees, and many other pollinator plants.
Carol Larvick, the Extension Educator for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says education is a very important aspect of the orchard.
"One of the things we want to do with this orchard is providing education, whether it be people coming and working alongside of us learning more about growing whether that be fruit trees or something else that we are growing, or when we would have school kids come to visit," said Carol Larvick the Extension Educator for University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The orchard is actively looking for volunteers to help maintain the numerous fruit trees, bushes, shrubs, vegetables, and other plants.
Last year the orchard was able to give away over 1,000 pounds of apples to the community.