Santa Fe has nine community gardens. Most of them were built by the City Parks Division in local parks since 2009. The newest one for 2013 is Cielo Vista Park off Agua Fria. The locations in city parks are open from April through October. These are all community gardens, meaning that the community has access to lease them each year.
Home Grown New Mexico is working with these gardens to provide support in recruitment, free classes, Santa Fe Seed Exchange on March 20th and the Community Garden Tour on September 14th. March is a great month to look at these as a way to learn more about gardening, meet other gardeners and start to grow your own food.
A community garden is a space where plots of land are leased to families or individuals with access during garden season or year round. There are many other types of gardens in homes, schools and organizations that may not appear on this list. Community Garden plots may still be available if you are interested in joining the gardens in your neighborhood. They are typically $15-$30 for the year and are 5’x10 to 10’x16′ depending on the garden location. Many have events and classes at the gardens. Here is contact information for the gardens.
1. The City of Santa Fe Community Gardens are Sunny Slope Community Garden, La Familia, Maclovia Community Garden and Frenchy’s Community Garden. Cielo Vista Park is a new garden in 2013. Contact Jessie Esparza from City Parks Division at 955-2106 for details.
2. Earth Care has a Youth & Community Garden on Country Club and Jaguar. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
3. The El Dorado School Community Garden has a website for more information.
4. The Milagro Community Garden on Rodeo Road is currently accepting new gardeners and has a waiting list. Email email@example.com for information.
5. Railyard Park has a website www.railyardpark.org for more information on joining the garden and events and workshops. They currently have two spaces open for 2013.
Join the Community Garden Tour on Saturday, September 14, 2013 to see the gardens and start signing up for the following year. We will post additional information online.