Category Archives: Community Gardens

Sunnyslope Meadows Community Garden to be named The Amy Hetager Garden. Potluck to follow.

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Amy Hetager

Amy Hetager as many of you know was one of the founders of Home Grown New Mexico and passed away 2 years ago of brain cancer at the tender age of 40. She was the heart and soul of our organization and was a great inspiration to all who knew her. Home Grown New Mexico would not be the organization it now is without all her hard work and vision. She was also a Santa Fe Master Gardener and helped bring both organizations together for the Kitchen Garden & Coop tour where Master Gardeners help with our tour.

The Parks Division worked closely with Amy Hetager on the community gardens while she was alive. Since her passing, they have worked on changing the name of one of the community gardens in honor of her. As with any bureaucratic venture, it has been a long, arduous journey and we are thrilled that Jessie Esparza of the Parks Division has carried the torch to make this happen. They will officially re-name the Sunnyslope Meadows Community Garden on the north side of town to The Amy Hetager Garden on October 24th and there will be a celebration potluck afterwards for this great honor. Home Grown New Mexico rescheduled our fall potluck to time it with the renaming event.  The community potluck is sponsored by the Parks Division and Home Grown New Mexico.  The Parks Division decided on a weekday to accommodate  family members of Amy who may join us. Even if it’s on your lunchbreak, come enjoy the food, camaraderie and stories of our dear friend.

Won’t you please join us and bring a harvest dish to share in her honor?
Below are the details of the events and a map to Sunnyslope Community Park.

MODIFIED OCT 13-NEW INFO BELOW!!

Date: Monday, October 24th, 2016

CEREMONY:
Time: 11:30-Ceremony at Sunnyslope Meadows Community Park  (soon to be Amy Hetager Community Park)

Where: Sunnyslope Meadows Community Garden. 
Address: 304 Avenida Aliso (it’s across from Alto Park and you can turn off W. Alameda onto Sicamorro  then turn right on Cedar and then turn left). Get map here: sunny-slope-community-garden-map

POTLUCK:
The potluck location has been changed to Frenchy’s BARN due to the chairs/tables live there and it can be inside if the weather is cold.

Time: 12:00 potluck lunch

Where: FRENCHY’S BARN
Address: 1200 Agua Fria Rd

What to bring: Bring a food dish to share with others in celebration of Amy.

Sorry for any confusion. The Park Dept just changed things a little. BUT WE STILL WANT YOU THERE!!

Questions?
Call Jannine at 505-660-4986

Organic Pesticide and Disease Control class review

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Today I taught the Organic Pesticide class and added Disease Control too as we are or will  be dealing with pests and disease soon in the middle of the gardening season. The class was great and we had good comments from some of the attendees. I talked about what’s going on the our gardens now and what insect and disease controls we can implement. Attached is the pdf from the class for anyone who wants to know what I do.

ORGANIC PEST and DISEASE CONTROLS

Also attached is the pdf with photos of certain insects that may be attacking our plants now as well. This is in color so it would be a great reference for you to keep when you need to identify a bug you may think is a pest.

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I recommended the book, Good Bug, Bad Bug for everyone to get which is a great ID book that will show which ones are good beneficial bugs and which ones we consider pests and what crops they attack.  I got mine at Amazon.

Good Bug Bad Bug book

Then we walked around the community garden and looked for plants that are being attacked or are sick and I showed everyone the plants so hopefully it will help them go back to their gardens and look at their plants and see what is going on.

Other than the heat, I thought the class was great. Thanks to all 20 of you that attended!

Next up-Home Grown New Mexico Seed Exchange on March 15

Calling all gardeners!
Don’t miss this FREE EVENT!

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Santa Fe Seed Exchange
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
3 pm – 6 pm
at Frenchy’s Barn
(intersection of Agua Fria and Osage)

If you are looking for seeds and ideas for your vegetable garden, come to the Santa Fe Seed Exchange on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 3 pm-6 pm in Frenchy’s Barn on Agua Fria and Osage Ave. The City Parks Division and Home Grown New Mexico are hosting this event for all community gardens, school gardens and home gardeners. It’s free and you’ll get great seeds!

Other groups who will be at the Seed Swap:
The Santa Fe Master Gardeners will have several info tables there where you can get how-to info on composting, growing native plants and more.

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In addition The SeedBroadcast organization will have their seedbroadcasting truck present. They can answer questions about saving seeds and have seed story recording equipment to record your story.  Tell your story about the seed, where you got it, how you planted it and more.  See their website for stories across America. Do you have a great seed story? Tell them!

The Tomato Lady will be there at the Home Grown New Mexico table inside the barn. There will be some of her tomato seeds and giant vegetable varieties available as well in case any of you want to try growing a giant this year!

This is great resource for gardeners and a fabulous way to start off the growing season and catch up with your fellow gardeners. Vegetable, flower and herb seeds will be available inside the barn.

There are plenty of seeds available so come even if you do not have any to share. Bring flower, herb, vegetable and other seeds if you have any. Please label any seeds you bring.

If you have questions, please contact: homegrownnewmexico1@gmail.com

Earth Day at the Railyard Park-April 26, 2014

 

Please come to this great Event.

Hope to see you all there!

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Next potluck—Thursday, March 27 from 6-8 pm

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Home Grown New Mexico Potluck:
THURSDAY, March 27, 2014  from 6-8 pm Whole Foods Community Room (St. Francis and Cordova location)

Guthrie_TomThe next potluck will have guest speaker Thomas Guthrie as well as great food and comradeire with other gardeners. Thomas Guthrie will discuss his research on efforts to revitalize local, small-scale agriculture in northern New Mexico and why he thinks strengthening home economies is important, the significance of disengaging from a capitalist economy at the home level, and his experience working with the Transition movement (an international movement that promotes re-localization in the face of climate change, resource depletion, and economic instability). Please come out and support him. It should be great!

We will also have our question and answer session about what to plant in April and other gardening/sustainable workshops/classes happening in April in our community afterwards.

Please bring a dish to share and your own dishes as this is a zero-waste event. We have do have reusable dishes to use at our potlucks if you forget.

Seed Starting For Early Spring Crops

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
Seed Starting For Early Spring Crops
How to start seeds early for cool season crops
Time: 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Instructor: Jannine Cabossel
Location: 3229 Rodeo Road (Rodeo Grounds/Large Annex building classroom)

Jannine Cabossel, a Master Gardener and ‘The Tomato Lady’ at the Santa Fe Farmers Market will teach a class on the basics of seed starting in spring for early crops: indoor seed starting for your spring garden, outdoor requirements for successful seed germination and basic indoor/outdoor seedling care. By starting seeds indoors in early spring you not only get a head-start on your year’s food production by protecting your crops from Santa Fe’s finicky spring climate, but you also get more time with your hands in the dirt. Many new tips this year plus learn varieties that do well in our cold climate.

Jannine has extensive experience in growing vegetables on her 3000 square foot garden using all organic methods. Follow her blog at giantveggiegardener.com. This class free! Become a 2014 Member for $35—includes all classes, potlucks and tour.

Welcome to 2014!

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Welcome to 2014! Home Grown New Mexico is offering many new classes, workshops and events this year. Many are hands-on events where you will learn how to do or make something. To view our Home Grown New Mexico class schedule go to the top menu bar and click on 2014 HOME GROWN EDUCATION CLASSES. After viewing them we hope you are as excited about them as we are! To view other classes/events offered in Santa Fe, go to the 2014 COMMUNITY CALENDAR.

This year our very popular Annual Seed Exchange will be on March 12th at Frenchy’s Barn from 4-7pm where people exchange seeds and ideas.

Our Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour this year will be on Sunday, July 27th where you will be inspired by beautiful kitchen gardens and chicken coops in Santa Fe. Stay tuned for more information as we get it together.

Come to our monthly potlucks on the last Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish and share some food and knowledge. We have guests speakers that will cover topics on gardening, beekeeping, backyard chicken coops and urban farming and an answer/question session for those needing answers to their garden questions. Novice or expert gardener? All are welcome! For more info go to the top menu and click on POTLUCKS. Our first potluck this year will be on February 25 and feature Thomas Guthrie.

Looking to garden but don’t have the space? How about getting a community garden plot? To check them out and learn more, go to the top menu and click on COMMUNITY GARDENS.

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Become A Yardmaster at the Railyard

Here is an announcement from the Railyard Stewards on an opportunity to help keep the park beautiful and learn about the landscape.

We’ve Been Working on the Railyard

Discover how one day of your time, 24 hours over the year, will help the Railyard Stewards keep the Railyard Park on track. Orientation for the new Railyard Yardmasters volunteer gardeners is Saturday, March 24 at the Railyard Community Room, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Local experts will discuss the history, design, and gardens of Santa Fe’s favorite outdoor public space. To register, or for more information contact Alanna of the Railyard Stewards at 505-316-3596 or alanna@railyardpark.org and visit www.railyardpark.org.

Railyard Yardmasters garden together to keep Santa Fe’s favorite public space vibrant and beautiful while learning about life in the high desert. No prior experience or knowledge is necessary! There are many incentives to being a Yardmaster including free training and workshops, the intangible reward of enriching the visitor’s experience of the Railyard Park, and dedication awards.

Did you know that the Santa Fe Railyard Park was created through one of the largest community park planning projects in the country and has won numerous awards? The Railyard Park is an innovative 10-acre outdoor space with community food gardens, unique recreation areas, xeriscaped gardens, and meadows of native grass and wildflower. Along with coordinating the Yardmasters and service learning opportunities at the Park, the Railyard Stewards fill the park with positive, engaging community activities. The more we bring this care and programming to the park, the safer and more vibrant it becomes.

Community Gardens 2012

Do you want to grow vegetables, but don’t have enough space in your yard? Want to learn more about gardening from your neighbors? Meet more people in your area? Join a community garden this year.

Santa Fe has eight community gardens. They are gardens that are divided into individual plots of approximately 10’x12′ but will vary between locations. They have five to thirty-five plots in each garden. Each plot is leased to families or people in the neighborhood for an annual fee of $15-$25. They are open from April to October or some locations may be open year-round. Garden members have access to their plot during the garden season.

The Parks Division has opened four gardens in city parks in the past few years. There are also gardens on privately owned land that are 15 years old. Two more gardens are planning to open in Tierra Contenta this year in Plaza Contenta and at the Zona del Sol location as Earth Care builds youth, community and education gardens. Despite the differences, the gardens all operate in a similar way. Residents can join the gardens in March and April. Each garden has a group of neighbors that coordinates the community, plans activities and may offer classes.

Here is a list of garden contacts:

1. The City of Santa Fe Community Gardens are Sunny Slope Community Garden, La Familia, Maclovia Community Garden and Frenchy’s Community Garden.  Contact Jessie Esparza at 955-2106 for details.

2. Plaza Contenta is opening a community garden in 2012. Contact Dave at 986-2934 or dave@phaseonerealty.com.

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 milagrocommunitygarden@gmail.com for information.

5.  Railyard Park has a website  www.railyardpark.org for more information on joining the garden and events and workshops.

Come to Home Grown New Mexico’s March 27th Potluck at 6:30pm at the Santa Fe Complex on Second Street to meet Fabian Chavez and Jessie Esparaza from the Parks Division to discuss community gardens in city parks. Bette Booth from the Community Garden Council will also be available to discuss updates from the spring planning meetings and her experience as a community garden member. Watch our website menu Community Gardens to see updates and additional information.