Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour

Don’t miss the First Annual 2011 Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour on Sunday, July 24 from 9am – 2pm.  This is a fundraising event for Home Grown New Mexico and Edible Santa Fe.  Visit six gardens and talk with the homeowners. Other features of the tour include:

  • Vegetable Gardens & Fruit Trees
  • Backyard Chicken Coops
  • Examples of Fine Potagers
  • Cold Frames & Container Gardens
  • Master Gardeners

The location addresses are listed below with a brief description. A map will be posted by Sunday, July 17.  Visit gardens in any order as tickets will be accepted at all locations.  Tickets will be $35 on the day of the tour at any tour location (cash or credit card), but buy them now online with the discount code CLUCK.  All discounted tickets must be purchased online by Saturday, July 23rd.

Tickets are sold online at Brown Paper Tickets
click here to buy tickets

Questions: or 473-1403


1- DON EMERY 930 Paseo de Andres
Don Emery is one of our faithful board members at Home Grown New Mexico. Don’s love of culinary gardening grew from his passion for cooking. What began with a couple raised beds seven years ago, developed like a finely tuned recipe. Today he has fourteen beautiful home-made specimens complete with hoops and covers, amidst numerous containers filled with happy veggies . His temperature controlled cold frame makes even the most seasoned gardener green with envy. Don also constructed a lovely potting shed, planted fruit trees, installed perennial edible beds and grows several potato varieties in straw. His attention to detail makes Don’s gardens are as aesthetically beautiful as they are utilitarian. A ‘not to be missed’ on the tour.

2- SONDRA GOODWIN 1615 Cerro Gordo Road
Why did Sondra Goodwin buy half an acre of concrete, asphalt and Astroturf six years ago? Because, she had a vision of Eden concealed beneath it. It took three years to remove the last of the concrete exposing hardpan dirt- like a rock. After another three years of digging, amending, and bed building, it is a truly spectacular potager teaming with life and beauty. Sondra grows most of her own food, through all four seasons. Surplus is shared or stored in her root cellar for winter enjoyment. Aside from traditional heirloom cultivars, she enjoys growing unusual varieties like tobacco, Campanula ranunculus, molokhia, shiso, water spinach, Japanese mugwort, and long snake dancer melon. Sondra preserves sauerkraut, jams, salsas, pickles and honey from her bees, and tends a small covey of quail and several ducks.

3- NATE DOWNEY and MELISSA MCDONALD 1104 Don Gaspar Ave.
Nate and Melissa’s property offers a double meal deal. They are co-owners of Santa Fe Permaculture, an ecological landscape-design, consultation, and installation company. Their spacious yard is truly an example of their success.  Perennial vegetables and herbs are artfully tucked amidst flowers, berry bushes and stone fruit trees. Three 4’x8’covered, raised beds feature the annual veggies; a bean tee-pee entertains the kids, while their five hens occupy a passive solar, multi-room coop. Nate and Melissa have a water catchment and cistern system capable of collecting 22,000 gallons of rainwater in an average year!  The tour doubles as a book signing. Nate will be on hand to sign his new book, Harvest the Rain.

Bob, a life-long gardener and retired biology teacher moved to their present home three years ago with his partner Jerry and began transforming the property with finesse. A quaint picket fence now encloses two raised veggie beds and the hen house- a not to miss, luxury, two-story adobe suite with clearstory windows, vegas, beams, canales, flagstone portal, and run. Masonry beds overflow with ripening harvest. Grapevines, raspberries, gold and red currents are tucked and trellised. Potted tomato plants line the walk, while two enormous Bing cherry trees shade the patio. They have two hand-painted topbar hives and a specifically designed flower garden that provides pollinator habitat. All this and much more to enjoy and inspire!

5- THE BAKER FAMILY 2053 Camino Lado
The Bakers live on a small residential lot in central Santa Fe, and every square inch of which is packed to its potential, producing an abundance of fresh fruit, flowers, veggies, berries, and nuts. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Reese owns and manages The Rain Catcher Inc, a full service design/build landscaping company. Rainwater is collected in above and below ground storage tanks and used for irrigation. Gray water from the house is channeled to fruit trees and a constructed wetlands that filters the water and fills a small pond. They are developing a ‘food forest’ landscape where most of their annual vegetable garden is intermixed with perennials.  All this, plus bees and five happy hens in a homemade coop of recycled materials. A great example of what one can accomplish in a small, city lot!

6- STEVE and MORIA PETERS 1706 W. Alameda St.
The Peters are life-long horticultural experts, plant professionals and gardening educators. They double as residents and caretakers of the Tres Placidas del Rio Co-housing Community garden. Nestled along the Santa Fe River and tucked beneath a canopy of elms and cottonwoods, the gardens are nearly a ¼ acre of cultivated land, teaming with life. Aside from the cornucopia of vegetable crops, perennial beds overflow with herbs, raspberries and asparagus.  Sable Saanen dairy goats and chickens occupy the home-made straw bale barn, complete with it’s own water harvesting system. Animal bedding and kitchen waste feed impressive compost piles that feed the soil, which feed the edibles – that in turn, is gratefully received by all community members.  A wonderful model of community gardening!

2 responses to “Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour

  1. A wonderful day spent browsing great gardens and meeting great folks…more, please!


    • Thank you Betsy. I am glad that you enjoyed the day. Hope to see you at our next tour of community gardens on Saturday, September 17 at 1pm. More information will be posted on our website soon. Very exciting edible gardens to see at seven locations in Santa Fe.


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