Home Grown New Mexico was originally founded by Lisa Styles and Don Young. They invited Amy Hetager to join along with Duskin Jasper after a year of their developing it. Together they founded and all breathed life into Home Grown New Mexico.
Thursday morning, Amy Hetager, co-founder of Home Grown New Mexico and friend to many, lost her battle with cancer after 5 years. She died peacefully with her family around her. She was 40 years old.
Amy was a remarkable person never giving in to her discomfort or pain—in fact many people didn’t even know she had cancer. She was always moving forward with her vision for Home Grown New Mexico. She helped create The Santa Fe Seed Exchange, Home Grown New Mexico Community Potlucks to bring gardeners together, scheduled many classes to educate the public, was involved with all the community gardens and of course helped create the very popular ‘Santa Fe Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour’ She brought Home Grown New Mexico down to Albuquerque where she had another ‘Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour as well last year. Amy was involved with many organizations within our community. She was an active member and gardener of Milagro Community Garden and Frenchy’s Community Garden where she shared her joy of gardening. Amy was also a Master Gardener where she was on their Board of Directors last year.
When Amy was told when she was diagnosed with cancer 5 years ago by her doctors, they told her to get a good hobby that she could focus on, so she helped create Home Grown New Mexico and accomplished so many things for our organization in such a short period of time. She was a woman with a vision, a woman with a dream of building a community of people interested in growing, harvesting, and processing their own food—of becoming more sustainable. All of her community is feeling the giant void now without her. She will be sorely missed by all. Many of us will carry on her vision with Home Grown New Mexico but it won’t be easy-she has some big shoes to fill.
We’ll keep you updated as to her memorial and details as they unfold. Please note: I originally said Wednesday but it was actually Thursday.