Santa Fe School Annual Reports, 1924


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ANNUAL REPORT SANTA FE BOARDING SCHOOL, JUNE 30, 1924 NARRATIVE SECTION Section IV Industries Industrial work is carried on at this school for two reasons: first, in order to teach the Indian youth, and sec ond to get routine work done for the partial suppodt or upbuilding of the school Taking matters by and large, our biggest project each year, and incidentally the most uncertain one, is the farm In the fall of 1923, as in the fall of 1922, our harvest was a meager one; because of the continued drought of a couple of years. What threw us out most severely was the entire failure of the corn crop, which we have depended upon for making ensilage to feed our dairy herd. Garden truck was fairly plentiful, excepting that the cabbage did no good Again this spring, the outlook for field crops this coming fall is anything but promising. A plague of cut worms has swept the whole country We planted 8, 000 stocks of cabbage and all but about a thousand were eaten off and completely destroyed. We planted again, but I fear the younger plants will not mature. We planted field corn in May, as usual May was cold and in the latter part of the month came a cold rain.. The seed seems not to have even germinated, although it was tested for germination before planting. Or if any of it did germinate, it was eaten by the worms We have now replanted all the original area with rapid- growing sweet corm, in the hope that we may still get enough growth to enable us to fill, or partially 4111, our silos. Nothing new in the way of cereals, fruit trees, vegetables or other crops has been introduced. In fact, I think it would be better to take outall fruit trees entirely and forego any further attempt to raise anything in the Way of fruits Indian pupils are so destructive of everything of that nature that there is no use trying to save a crop Peach trees are raided and stripped unless some one stands guard day and night. The great majority of the Indians have 11ttle or nothing at home, and they can not be made to understand how to appreciate the value of anything anybody else has. It is very discouraging There will have to be a big change in the racial temper before. any thing along this line can be accomplished. It is the same here as elsewhere. Carlisle tried an orchard for years and then dug it all up. I Think I' ll do the same here soon, and plant the space to something else All products of the farm and garden are reserved for consumption by the school. Once in a great while, there is a little surplus , which is sold to the employees.

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