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Jun 01

EARTH DAY 2021 WAS A LONG-AWAITED (SOCIALLY DISTANCED) CELEBRATION

Posted on June 1, 2021 at 11:34 AM by Allan Warren

GrandviewEarthDay1Heather Williams is potting up native plants in the children’s garden at the Grandview Greenspace, a food sovereignty garden on Tacoma’s Eastside centering indigenous foodways. This was a part of the Puyallup Tribe Sustainability Team’s Earth Day event. This project is a collaboration between the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Harvest Pierce County, and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department.

Earth Day 2021 was a long-awaited (socially distanced) celebration of Grandview Greenspace and one of the first community gatherings held at this site. On April 22 folks came together to plant nearly 300 native plants into the children’s garden and ethnobotanical trails.

It was wonderful day of hard work and good medicine shared by Puyallup Tribe communityGrandviewEarthDay3 members and Pierce Conservation District staff. The day was kicked off with an opening blessing by Peggy McCloud followed by an engaging story circle presented by the tribe’s early learning center Lushootseed language teachers.

Grandview has been a project of collaboration by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Puyallup Tribe, Eastside Tacoma community, and the Pierce Conservation District. This event served as the informal opening of the indigenous-centered park that provides space for earth stewardship and reconnection to land and plants. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit the website at: https://gvgreenspace.wordpress.com/.

This day was made safe & possible thanks to the Puyallup Tribe Sustainability Group, Grandview Early Learning Center, and the Pierce Conservation District. A special thanks to the Farm at Franklin Pierce for storing plants for this event!