Saturday, September 12th, 9am-12:30pm: Meet at Gallucci Learning Garden located at S 14th & G Street
Pierce County boasts a tremendous range of communally managed green spaces from Food Forests to demonstration gardens and everything in between. Since 2010, the number of these spaces has increased from 10 to now 75 community gardens, orchards, and food forests. Each of these sites is designed, organized, and managed by volunteers. Tending these sites is no small feat and requires ongoing maintenance, volunteer management, and community engagement. But the rewards of participation are great: a strong connection to neighbors and community, time spent in nature, a substantially healthier diet, and a safer, more beautiful neighborhood.
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For the past five years, we take the opportunity in the early Fall to celebrate these community spaces with our annual Harvest Tour. We host both a Bus Tour and Walking Tour which capture the wide range of communally managed food producing green spaces in Pierce County. You are welcome to visit any of the gardens at your convenience, but we do recommend that you reserve a spot (especially if you are interested in the Bus tour as seats fill up quickly). Below is a snap-shot of some of the gardens visited on the tour. For a full list of gardens, a map of the community gardens in Pierce County, and to register for the Bus or Walking Tours, please visit www.harvestpiercecounty.org or call (253) 278-6215
Gallucci Learning Garden -Founded by the Tacoma Urban Land Trust, this garden on the corner of S 14th and G street Tacoma’s only urban demonstration garden. Managed by a group of volunteers, this garden hosts weekly free classes from bee keeping to botanical illustration and donates all produce to the Guadalupe House and St. Leo’s. Visit www.galluccilearninggarden.org for more information
South Tacoma Community Garden- One of Tacoma’s newest community garden, this garden exemplifies the ideal relationship between business and community. The property is owned by Motors Northwest located on S 70th and S Puget Sound and is tended by committed neighbors eager to bridge the gap between the South Tacoma neighbors and business district.
Veggie Co-Op- Is a communally managed farm on Franklin-Pierce School District property in Summit-Waller. About 30 volunteers come together to design, tend, harvest, donate and learn together as well as occasional work with students. Thousands of pounds of produce have been donated by this site alone.
Swan Creek Park Food Forest- Is Tacoma’s first formal Food Forest and is managed by Forage Pierce County. From apple trees to mushrooms, a rich diversity of plant life can found at this forested site. Located next the Swan Creek Park Community Garden at E 42nd and E Roosevelt St, there are many educational opportunities especially related to Permaculture at this beautiful spot.
Saturday, September 12th
Meet at Gallucci Learning Garden located at S 14th & G Street