The Washington County Master Gardener Association acknowledges that the land occupied by our gardens rests on the ancestral lands of the Tualatin band of Kalapuyans, who once lived along the Tualatin River before the forced removal from their land prescribed by the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855.
Members of The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and The Confederated Tribes of Siletz, the Kalapuya people continue to be purposeful stewards of their land by design. They managed a seasonal fire and harvest regimen until the 1840’s and are currently involved in efforts to restore native habitat in the Willamette Valley. We seek to educate ourselves about their lifeways and collaborate with them using both traditional and scientific gardening methods.
We further express our gratitude to their descendants for carrying on the traditions and culture of their ancestors. We invite everyone to appreciate and reflect on the resilience and healing power of the land and community of their ancestors.