Heather Flores, author of “Food Not Lawns” will be the keynote speaker for the Harvest Pierce County Garden Summit on Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School and at Pacific Lutheran University’s reDesign House’s International Permaculture Event on Sunday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In her keynote address at the Harvest Pierce County Garden Summit on Saturday, May 2, Flores will be talking from how to recreate your yard into a bountiful harvest for your family, friends and community.  The Summit will be at Lincoln High School, 701 S 37th St, Tacoma.   Hosted by Harvest Pierce County which is a program of the Pierce Conservation District, the Garden Summit is free, but participants are encouraged to register at

Flores will be celebrating International Permaculture Day on Sunday, May 3 at Pacific Lutheran University’s reDesign House at 515 S. 125th Street, Parkland.  The event is being sponsored by PLU’s Community Garden and Tacoma Permaculture.  Flores will be presenting “How to Turn Your Garden into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community” from 1 to 2:30 p.m.    Using her skills as an acclaimed artist, Flores will then be presenting an Ephemeral Arts Workshop from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The entire International Permaculture Day event is free, but donations are accepted.  The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a garden work party and a potluck lunch.  Participants are encouraged to RSVP if they plan to spend all or a portion of the day at this event by emailing

Tacoma will be the first stop on Flores’ Edible Nation tour.  Flores will be using most of the tour to help community members launch local “Food Not Lawns” chapters in communities such as Detroit, MI; Lawrence, KS, and Wilbraham, MA.  She will be also teaching workshops in various communities, including New York City and Kansas City. 

For more information about Heather Flores and her “Food Not Lawns” Edible NationTour, go to or call 240-601-2802.

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