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.

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One Comment

  1. Theresa Gregor, PhD March 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Deborah,
    Enjoying very much reading your posts about local native plants and the harvesting trips you had with SoCal Natives. I loved the cover of the romance novel with prickly pear on it, primarily because my own research is about the viability of and the hostility to the American Indian love story in women’s romance. Janet Wellington wrote a popular romance several years ago that features a Kumeyaay hero. The plot is set in the Anza-Borrego State Park and she talks about Native plants, yucca root for hair washing and of course shawee as the staple food for Kumeyaay sustenance. The book is called Dreamquest; you should give it a quick read.

    Take care and keep up the wonderful work!



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