TWP Welcomes New Garden Coordinator at Solar Warrior Farm

Ferlin Hopkins
Ferlin Hopkins and National Director, Lacey Gaechter, at the Solar Warrior Farm in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

We are excited to welcome a new member to the Trees, Water & People (TWP) Team! Ferlin Hopkins, our new Garden Coordinator, will be managing the Solar Warrior Farm, located at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Ferlin grew up throughout the United States and Guam. He is responsible for the horticultural success of Solar Warrior Farm, as well as serving as the volunteer and outreach coordinator for the Food Security Program. Ferlin has a rich knowledge of organic and sustainable farming from several years of working on an organic farm. Before joining TWP, Ferlin was working with the Guam Plant Extinction Prevention Program to identify, locate, and propagate rare and endangered plant species with less than fifty individuals in the wild. He is almost finished with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Guam. In his free time, Ferlin loves to go running, swimming, and hiking.

henry red cloud solar warrior farmThe Food Security Program’s Solar Warrior Farm, located at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, grows a wide variety of native and heirloom fruits and vegetables. We nurture this space with raised garden beds, protected by hoop houses to extend the growing season. These small plots have become living examples that Native Americans can visit and learn from. In addition, we offer the fresh produce, grown at Solar Warrior Farm, to Pine Ridge residents in need.

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