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Community Planting Event at Pala Environmental Department Demonstration Garden

Multiple community gardening events have been held at the Pala Band of Mission Indians Environmental Department’s Demonstration Garden since late fall. On today’s blog, we’re sharing about the Community Planting Day held in early December, where one hundred native plants went into the ground and participants learned valuable information about drip irrigation, composting, and pollinator plant species.

Volunteers put native plants into the ground at community planting event, with a mountain landscape and blue skies in the background.

As part of the Collaborative of Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship (CNNCTS), the Pala Band of Mission Indians recently awarded five community members with funding to establish and create their own native gardens in their yards. Each awardee receives $2,000 to cover materials such as plants, seeds, and soil for their garden, which will help to increase biodiversity in the area.

The awardees joined a team of volunteers at the December 6th community planting event held at the Pala Environmental Department’s Demonstration Garden, working to maintain the grounds by pruning trees, weeding, and watering. Volunteers from the community and other departments at Pala, including the Social Services Department, worked together to plant one hundred native plants and seeds. Under the winter sun, the Pala Environmental Department team provided attendees with practical information on important gardening skills such as drip irrigation, composting, native plants, edible plants, water-wise plants, and pollinator plant species.

The Pala Environmental Department will continue to host community planting days at the Demonstration Garden for Pala community members throughout the upcoming seasons. Follow along for updates on their instagram at @Planet_Pala


Learn more about the Collaborative for Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship (CNNCTS) at


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