Spring arrives on Sunday, and the sun is warming up the earth through increasingly longer days. Gardeners are starting to dream in shades of green.
Fortunately for those who have long worked a community plot at Tacoma Community College, spring means yet another growing season.
They were heartbroken last summer when they learned that TCC would discontinue their garden — which has been in use since the mid-1960s — due to concerns that included liability issues. Many in the community rallied to their plight and expressed concern for the gardeners, who are mostly elderly immigrants from Russia and Ukraine.
TCC’s president, Sheila Ruhland, heard those concerns. The administration brought in the Pierce Conservation District to work with the gardeners in coming up with a garden-management plan that will allow them to stay as well as address TCC’s concerns.
This is a win-win-win — for the gardeners, for TCC and for the community, which benefits when good people get together to solve problems. Credit goes to everyone who helped make it happen.
Now let’s start planting stuff.