On Monday, February 22, the Indian Rock Native Garden Collaboration took a fieldtrip to the Tierra Miguel Organic Biodynamic Farm in Pauma Valley, CA. Mel Vernon in the photo above, Chair of the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseño Indians, is coming to CSUSM on Monday, March 1 to give a blessing for the new Community Ethnobotany garden on campus. Bonnie Bade and Joely Proudfit’s students will be doing the planting and my students photographing the various activities.
Tommy Devers in the photo above is a member of the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians and a student in Joely Proudfit’s class. He’s also a member of AISA, the American Indian Student Alliance at CSUSM.
Below, Tommy, Lydia Vassar from the San Luis Rey Band, and Mel graciously agreed to pose for a portrait. A few years ago, the Pauma Band purchased the land for the Tierra Miguel Farm. Last year, Joely Proudfit’s and my students created a series of postcards of healthy foods that combined vegetables from the Farm and wild gathered native foods.