District 73 Arbor Day

 Fruita, UT. 

Fruita, UT. 

Back on the campaign trail last weekend where I helped commemorate Arbor Day in Boulder, Utah, a part of Boulder's Tree City USA commitment. There were many activities planned including the sale of heirloom fruit tree stock, lessons on healthy soil preparation and proper pruning. I was also invited to give a talk about the longtime residents of Kane and Garfield County - part of the Southern Utah Oral History Project. Early residents of Boulder and Salt Gulch relied on successful establishment and nurturing of their gardens and orchards for their survival. Residents ate the fresh fruit from the trees but also bottled fruit for the winter months, made jams, jellies, dried fruit, fed the extra to the pigs or sold the rest.

All over Utah, gardens and orchards were essential to early pioneers for their self-sufficiency as they established towns in the remote corners of Utah. These orchards are now part of their cultural heritage. Many of the heirloom seeds and tree stock came from all over the world and are still suitable in our landscapes today. Boulder residents have taken on preserving these varieties, learning to renew old orchards as part of their Tree City USA commitment to the past and the future of fruit trees.

Many communities in House District 73 are members of Tree City USA including Beaver, Minersville, Kanab, Monticello, Orderville, Panguitch, and Torrey. The benefits of trees in communities are great, including increased property values, reducing energy consumption, benefits to wildlife, keeping our air clean, and of course, beautification of our towns and cities. Bravo to Boulder for keeping an important tradition alive.

Next week we visit Kanab, in beautiful Kane County. Hope to see you there!

Quotes from longtime and past residents of Boulder and Salt Gulch:

Le Fair Hall: “We used Flippers to keep the birds out of the trees when the apples became ripe.”

 Dixie Hall Shakespeare: “We grew apples, apricots, peaches, pears, and plums, made prunes, and bottles the fruit.”

Frank Coleman’s orchard had 6 apricot trees and “everyone came here to get their apricots. We also grew, apples, pears. Sometimes we hauled fruit in from Fruita.”

Dell LeFevre: The fruit just isn’t used like it used to be. We stored, bottled and what was left was fed to the pigs, which we butchered in the fall.

Fey Jepson: We grew peaches and apples. We stored the apples in the cellar and made jams and jellies.

Truman Lyman: People bought fruit from our orchard, the Lyman’s’ had most of the fruit.

Marsha Holland