Kristen McIvor, Community Garden Coordinator for Tacoma/Pierce County, did a fantastic job organizing this event. Mayor Strickland announced that Tacoma is surpassing Seattle in the number of community gardens per capita. Yay! Also, Kathleen Merryman of the Tacoma News Tribune announced that the paper will feature a weekly community garden column this summer. A different garden will be featured each week. New gardens are being built this year. Kristen said that ten are in the works. Last year there was four, so momentum is growing.
Garden Art Workshop by Kate Pascal of Hilltop Artists and our own neighborhood
Vermiculture- Worm Composting
Lots of Red Wigglers
Accessible Gardening Demonstration by Pierce County Master Gardener Hal Meng
Andy Mordhorst founder of the Dan Mulholland Memorial Garden at the Manitou Community Center did a workshop on Trellising. He repurposed the old playground swing set as a structure for growing pole peas and beans.
Lots of free starts for the "Plant an Extra Row" project of the Pierce County Gleaning Project. The starts were donated by Tagro, L'Arche Farm, Tahoma Farms / Terra Organics and Bellarmine Prep
Everyone got to take home some starts to grow for local food banks.
Terry and Bev, gardeners at Orchard & Vine Community Garden with their veggie starts.