2018 Board of Directors
Jannine is a Master Gardener who practices organic growing methods. She has become a Jr. homesteader of sorts being as sustainable as is comfortable. There is a horse and goats down in the barn and she keeps chickens for eggs. She became a top bar beekeeper to have pollinators for the garden and honey on the table. She grows heirloom tomatoes and other vegetables that she sells at the Santa Fe Farmers Market as the Tomato Lady. She calls herself an ‘artisan farmer’ because she like to add beauty to the gardens by combining art, flowers and vegetables and because she feels her gardens are not big enough to be called a farm but too large to be an urban garden. She like all aspects of vegetable gardening from growing to harvesting to preserving and cooking. You can follow her website where she shares all her experience and knowledge in vegetable gardening in our high altitude.
Duskin discovered a love of gardening after joining Milagro Community Garden in 2008. To hone his skills, Duskin joined the Santa Fe Master Gardener Association and graduated from their 16 week course on gardening in the high desert environment. Duskin’s hobbies include pickling, canning and preserving the food he grows, cooking with fresh, organic vegetables and brewing homemade beer.
Alessandra and Steve Haines
Alessandra and Steve Haines live in town with chickens and bees and are constantly striving to produce more food at home. Challenged with a sandy lot (great drainage but very little organic matter!), we are building soil with an ongoing compost project utilizing waste/resources from the kitchen, garden, chickens and imported horse and goat manure. We participate in a goat coop which provides copious amounts of milk resulting in extensive experimentation with cheese making. We are currently intrigued with indoor gardening and have been enjoying sprouts and microgreens all winter! We enjoy (and occasionally curse) the dynamic aspects of growing food in New Mexico and how the garden informs our cooking.
Moving gladly from New York City, Lynne has been living in Eldorado for the past ten years. Struggling with strong drying winds, a poor excuse for “soil,” gophers/pack rats/and mice, she has found that gardening is a definite “challenge,” albeit “enchanting” in New Mexico. Lynne discovered gardening when she was nine years old, and was sent to summer gardening “camp” by her mother to keep her busy for that summer and away from the “mean” streets of New York City and Lynne’s wild gang of nine year old friends… The “garden” was in the asphalt school yard of P. S. 104, where the janitors had pulled the asphalt out of a three foot wide/20 foot long area, to create the “garden.” Lynne’s first crops were radishes and peanuts, and she immediately developed a lifelong passion for growing things and a deep respect for Mother Nature, the Earth, water resources, ecology, and all living vegetables. She lived in NYC for thirty years, with a mini garden attached to the side of her apartment. She learned how to grow in small containers and tiny spaces. Moving to Eldorado, she found that she had to continue growing in containers and raised beds with hardware cloth to maintain any possibility of outsmarting those gophers and of seeing any vegetation survive. To learn more about gardening in the high desert, Lynne took the Master Gardener course, graduating in their most illustrious class, along with Jannine Cabossel and Duskin Jasper.
I lived in Santa Fe from 2011 through 2012. I met Amy Hetager at a Meetup for an introduction to a gardening group. It ended up being she and I for 2 seasons, first at Frenchy’s Field Community Garden and then Milagro Community garden. From Amy I caught the gardening bug and learned a lot. I served as a volunteer at the first 2 Homegrown New Mexico Kitchen Garden and Coop Tours with Amy. I moved to California for 3 years and tried balcony and patio gardening, but lost battles to extreme shade and abundant squirrels. When the opportunity to return to Santa Fe came up, we jumped at the chance! The only drawback is that I miss my dear friend and gardening buddy, Amy.
Teri grew up in Michigan where water was plentiful and tomatoes sold for only $8 a peck! The Great Lakes offered sandy soils for grapes, rich top soils for vegetables and fruit trees, and plenty of earthworms and fish heads for the compost pile. At harvest time, Teri spent weekends in the kitchen with her family learning how to preserve and ferment their garden bounty. Today, as an engineer in the fields of green building and alternative energy, Teri is passionate about sustainability and teaching her skills of food preservation and fermentation to future generations.
Moving to the high desert and learning to farm in arid conditions was a major challenge until Teri joined HGNM. She has learned that the key to growing produce in NM starts with creating an enriched soil that can hold moisture and support microorganisms that are critical to the web of life. She continues to learn more from her talented HGNM colleagues about successful native plants and techniques that improve her gardening every year. It’s still challenging, but growing more with less in a changing climate is something everyone can benefit from!