Growing Bluestem 2023
People frequently ask how they can get involved or support Bluestem. We recognize that not everyone has the flexibility to volunteer onsite, so we'd like to share some other ways to help Grow Bluestem. We have several fundraising campaigns this year that will enable us to reach more people and educate them about the benefits of spending time in a nature preserve with a conservation cemetery. We welcome gifts of all sizes.
Bluestem is an entirely community supported project made possible through countless volunteer hours, donations from committed individuals, and some local foundations. We are proud of its grassroots origins, and we have so much more to build!
Consider whether you and a group of friends can make a donation in honor of someone buried at Bluestem. Invite your church or community group to care for some of Bluestem's wilderness. We welcome your ideas.
All gifts are tax deductible and support the care of the land and Bluestem Community -- individuals at rest, their families and friends, our partners and volunteers. Thank you!
Growing Bluestem Goals
Meet Eartha the Excavator
Bluestem Wish List
Hand cart for transporting loved ones to gravesite (contact us for a photographic sample)
Ropes, boards, hand tools
Storage containers (x2)
6 seater golf cart
Kubota maintenance vehicle
Fencing and gates
A Bluestem Weather Station
TRAIL CONSTRUCTION & SIGNAGE
Design, mapping and equipment
Translation into Spanish
Small covered shelters
An open air barn for the interior of the cemetery
Locally sourced cedar for benches, signs and information kiosks
Native grass seed and wildflowers
Perennial bulbs, shrubs and trees
Existing plants inventory
HAND & POWER TOOLS
Wheel barrows (x2)
Hand tools, saws, rakes, pruning shears, shovels
Other Ways To Help Build Bluestem
Sharing Bluestem with your friends, family, colleagues, and communities that you're a part of, is a great way to support green burial in our region.
As always, we are inspired by your many messages and the new relationships that are growing within this important community space in Cedar Grove, open every day.
"Green burial directly acknowledges that we die and our bodies decay... my body nourishing the earth and its creatures just makes sense. It's also a form of justice, as that same earth and those same creatures have nourished me, in one way or another, all my life." - Jerry