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.
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.
Lynne is interested in veggie growing, micaceous pottery making, encaustic and acrylic painting; she is a former teacher of French (mais oui) and a psychotherapist/hypnotherapist/life coach…
Lynne has been active in HGNM for the last five years and LOVES HGNM because of the wonderful people who coordinate the activities, present the workshops, attend the classes; for her, HGNM is a friendly, casual, non hierarchical homesteading group where people have fun, learn lots, and eat cheese…
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.
Now that I am back I hope to continue Amy’s legacy to me by serving as a Board Member of Homegrown New Mexico. I hope I can add ideas and enthusiasm that will serve you, our members. Since I have returned I attended the 2016 Kitchen Garden and Coup Tour; amazing, as always! I am a co-owner of a top bar beehive with my neighbor and hope to learn much more about beekeeping. I would like to take the Master Gardening course and learn even more about high desert gardening. I look forward to meeting up again with people I gardened with or met before, like Mike and Mollie. I have built raised garden beds at my rented home, with permission (very important!), but hope to someday move to a home where I can have a much larger garden area and the ability to have chickens, ducks and bees of my own. Perhaps even a sheep or goat to make milk soaps and lotions and cheese. My dream is to someday live in an off-grid home that is self-sustainable, and I have even toyed with the idea of having a farm-to-table bed and breakfast/teaching farm, where my guests will come in to the fields and help with the gardening and harvesting for their own meals. It’s a dream! I hope it comes true. 🙂 As I learn more about this wonderful lifestyle I hope you enjoy and learn along with us! See you soon!
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!
Mike McGeary and his wife Sherry Snyder moved to Santa Fe in 2013, after retiring from public policy careers in Washington, DC. Both had parents who were active gardeners; in fact, Mike’s parents grew all their food when he was a boy. Living in row houses in Washington, with little land, they were restricted to growing some flowers (thank goodness for farmers’ markets, they say!). With more land in Santa Fe, Mike and Sherry have become master gardeners and have resumed vegetable and fruit growing with great enthusiasm. They like to cook, so fresh ingredients are vitally important to them–especially vintage vegetables that haven’t had their flavor bred out in the interest of uniform size and color, resistance to bruising, and other mass production and distribution considerations. Mike is pleased to be part of Home Grown New Mexico and its important mission of teaching ways to garden successfully in our short growing season and semi-arid climate.