Muwekma Ohlone Tribe Garden Installation
Living Classroom is in the process of completing a special garden in the Mountain View-Whisman School District.
Monta Loma Elementary School is near a major Muwekma Ohlone Tribe http://muwekma.org/ ancestral heritage mortuary mound that was located on Middlefield Road. The Castro Mound measured 400 feet long by 300 feet wide and 10 feet high.
Through a generous grant from the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation and support from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, Living Classroom has designed a special garden at Monta Loma Elementary School for students and the community to enjoy. The garden will showcase the plants that have been used by the Ohlone people, past and present. Notably, the Ohlone people were not “hunters and gatherers” — they were very knowledgeable land managers who understood the migration patterns of animals and the seasonal patterns of plants. These indigenous people knew when to harvest and how to process the plants they grew. An interpretive sign describing the plants and their uses, as well as the significance of the garden, will be installed.
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