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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.


Date: Monday, October 24th, 2016

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

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

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!!

Call Jannine at 505-660-4986

In Memory of Amy Hetager

Amy Hetager ThumbnailHome 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.