Re: "Tillicum garden gets the boot" (TNT, 2-24).
You have to be kidding! The reason that was given for the TREE Program to no longer continue at the Tillicum Community Center is ridiculous.
It would be one thing if this garden had a weedy, messy appearance, but obviously from the photo of this garden this is not the case. In fact it looks so clean compared to the appearance of many other community gardens this time of the year.
The TREE garden seems to have everything a community garden started in a low-income area should have: education for its young people by teaching sound gardening practices and furnishing healthy crops for the local area along with the addition of teaching the business side of gardening.
I volunteer at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in the sustainable organic garden program that provides food for the inmates' kitchens. The Master Gardeners of Pierce County gives grants to this program, since no taxpayer money is used. The crops we raise are what the women, with nutrition value in mind have asked for, such as collards, kale, mustard, Swiss chard and rutabaga, along with traditional garden crops.
I hope the Tillicum Community Center reverses course and lets this program continue.