Yaqui Tribe – Senior Garden Tour 2016

Good morning!

We just had our 1st garden tour at the Senior Garden located on the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Reservation. We had a very successful tour, and we wish to thank everyone that came out early Saturday morning. I am truly grateful for everyone that attended the tour. We met old friends, made some new ones, honored to have guests and interns form Native Seed Search and Flower & Bullets.

Special thanks to Mr. Louis David Valenzuela “Yoeme Carver” for his presentation on gourds and how they are an important part of the Yoeme culture. We had displays of dried gourds, gourd carvings, bowls, spoons, carvings, rattles, and drums for our guests.

The main highlight of the tour were the gourds that are growing all throughout the garden. At last count we have over 123 gourds on the vine, an many more flowers growing for the best harvest ever. All of these gourds will be used in the community to make traditional rattles, instruments, as well as gourd art and other crafts.

Garden Updates: Very grateful and blessed to work with Stacy Peercy and Mr. Walls and the Hiaki High School students. We their generousity we received a lot of garden supplies! The students delivered all the supplies on Friday morning and helped us set up for the tour as well.

In the garden: Mayo melons, watermelons, Hopi Black sunflowers, chiltipen, lots and lots of chili peppers, an herb bed with oregano, parsley, cilantro, thyme,  and Yoeme basil. Cabbage, broccoli, squash, and lots of okra.

In Process: We will be clearing out some of the beds to make room for some more fall veggies very soon!

Seed starting: Fall veggies started: Swiss chard, spinach, brussel sprouts, bok choy, broccoli, collards, cabbage, kale, mustard, celery, lettuce, turnips, and beets.

Future: Stacy Peercy our nutritionist here at the Tribe has been very busy assisting with the garden! hands on working in the garden and will be conducting some garden to table cooking classes soon for the seniors. The Hiaki High School students will also be making weekly visits to the garden to assist the seniors in any way thy can.

Thank you so much everyone! We really truly appreciate all of the people that are part of this garden.

Many blessings ~ Pete Jr. and Pete Sr.

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Hiaki High Students helping set up



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Students harvesting peppers!



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Grateful  for the garden supplies


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Seed Starting


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Thanks! time to tend the garden


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More supplies – Truly blessed


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Setting up a display of gourds


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Mingling before the tour



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Diovanti made some chilaquiles
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Showing off some gourds
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Mr. Valenzuela’s presentation on gourds – Water Drums


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Gourd presentation
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Gourd display
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Gourd Rattles – Process



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