Apple Orchard planted in Medina

Nearly every student from Medina Public School was involved in the Earth Day orchard planted Tuesday. A dozen apple trees were planted in the Medina Park and adjacent to the FARRMS/ICS office building with the help of Jennifer Vandehoven and freshman through senior classes.

A small tree-planting ceremony was held at 2 p.m. with Medina grade school students. Kathy Wiederholt, Fruit Project Manager at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center, instructed all the students involved in the history and planting of the trees assisted by J.C. Balcom, Mandan.

Also attending the planting were Medina’s Mayor Dennis Kramlich, Rory Hoffmann from the Medina Park Board and a handful of community members.

Medina’s Park Board graciously offered the old miniature golf course location for the community orchard. A variety of apple trees were planted and future apples can be served as a fresh fruit and vegetable snack or on the lunch salad bar. The community will also have access to fresh fruit from the orchard.

Plans for future development of the area could include park benches and donor enhancements or memorials to create a community park.

For more information on volunteering or donating to the orchard project, please contact Sue Balcom at 701-486-3569 or email