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Tale of the Alkali Rye

Close-up of Alkali Rye by Jonathan Coffin, first-used by First Nation People for food
Blue-green Alkali Rye grasses are lush this summer as they spread through Ballona Creek’s estuary. Sweeping fresh color over damaged wetlands, they restore splendor to a landscape brought back to life by a community’s love.

The Alkali Rye is my favorite grass and its beauty seems even greater when I recall how – just five years ago -- Westside Global Awareness School children helped bring it back.


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