Horticulture Program

This program provides education that integrates aquaculture, hydroponics and landscaping techniques to educate and train interested youth and adults providing skills that may result in employment. Applicants must apply through human resources.

In January of 2002, six individuals were chosen to participate in the Chickasaw Nation's Community Garden Program, an entrepreneurial program designed to teach positive work skills through an agricultural setting. These six individuals were to receive training in agri-business and related fields and were to be assisted in locating gainful employment. Two of those original six entrepreneurial participants work with the Community Garden in a full-time capacity to this day, with one additional individual working with the Garden on a contract basis. Two more participants went on to receive employment outside the Community Garden, and one participant is now self-employed.

Since that first batch of recruits, the Garden has gone on to accept 21 youth in the summer of 2002 from the Chickasaw Nation's Summer Youth Program. Six became year-round employees on a part-time basis. In the summer of 2003, the Garden took on 19 more Summer Youth, and was able to employ ten participants year-round.

Garden services have expanded to include etiquette training, resume development, interviewing skills and academic assistance while still focusing on developing work ethics and producing new entrepreneurs trained in the diverse skills of the agricultural market place.

The Community Garden Program began with one small green house and raised beds, constructed by the six original entrepreneurs. The community garden now encompasses a second, larger greenhouse, a large traditional garden and a youth/office building in addition to its original structures. Facilities are in the process of relocation to centralize services to allow for further expansion. The small greenhouse will house both the Garden's hydroponics bed and the organically grown produce. Both of these projects are designed to allow youth to experiment with alternative methods of agriculture. The youth will be invited to participate in all aspects of these projects from design to implementation, including an analysis of the process.

Other Information:

Benefits

The program provides fresh produce to the public through sale of plants and products at Farmers’ Markets and through various other programs offered by the Chickasaw Nation.

Service Area

Chickasaw Nation Residents


Contact Information


Phone:
(580) 559-0888

Fax:
(580) 272-5088

Location

Horticultural Building

17490 CR 3570

Ada, Oklahoma 74820

(580) 559-0888

Last Updated: 04/18/2017