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Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour

Don’t miss the First Annual 2011 Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour on Sunday, July 24 from 9am – 2pm.  This is a fundraising event for Home Grown New Mexico and Edible Santa Fe.  Visit six gardens and talk with the homeowners. Other features of the tour include:

  • Vegetable Gardens & Fruit Trees
  • Backyard Chicken Coops
  • Examples of Fine Potagers
  • Cold Frames & Container Gardens
  • Master Gardeners

The location addresses are listed below with a brief description. A map will be posted by Sunday, July 17.  Visit gardens in any order as tickets will be accepted at all locations.  Tickets will be $35 on the day of the tour at any tour location (cash or credit card), but buy them now online with the discount code CLUCK.  All discounted tickets must be purchased online by Saturday, July 23rd.

Tickets are sold online at Brown Paper Tickets
click here to buy tickets

Questions: homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or 473-1403


1- DON EMERY 930 Paseo de Andres
Don Emery is one of our faithful board members at Home Grown New Mexico. Don’s love of culinary gardening grew from his passion for cooking. What began with a couple raised beds seven years ago, developed like a finely tuned recipe. Today he has fourteen beautiful home-made specimens complete with hoops and covers, amidst numerous containers filled with happy veggies . His temperature controlled cold frame makes even the most seasoned gardener green with envy. Don also constructed a lovely potting shed, planted fruit trees, installed perennial edible beds and grows several potato varieties in straw. His attention to detail makes Don’s gardens are as aesthetically beautiful as they are utilitarian. A ‘not to be missed’ on the tour.

2- SONDRA GOODWIN 1615 Cerro Gordo Road
Why did Sondra Goodwin buy half an acre of concrete, asphalt and Astroturf six years ago? Because, she had a vision of Eden concealed beneath it. It took three years to remove the last of the concrete exposing hardpan dirt- like a rock. After another three years of digging, amending, and bed building, it is a truly spectacular potager teaming with life and beauty. Sondra grows most of her own food, through all four seasons. Surplus is shared or stored in her root cellar for winter enjoyment. Aside from traditional heirloom cultivars, she enjoys growing unusual varieties like tobacco, Campanula ranunculus, molokhia, shiso, water spinach, Japanese mugwort, and long snake dancer melon. Sondra preserves sauerkraut, jams, salsas, pickles and honey from her bees, and tends a small covey of quail and several ducks.

3- NATE DOWNEY and MELISSA MCDONALD 1104 Don Gaspar Ave.
Nate and Melissa’s property offers a double meal deal. They are co-owners of Santa Fe Permaculture, an ecological landscape-design, consultation, and installation company. Their spacious yard is truly an example of their success.  Perennial vegetables and herbs are artfully tucked amidst flowers, berry bushes and stone fruit trees. Three 4’x8’covered, raised beds feature the annual veggies; a bean tee-pee entertains the kids, while their five hens occupy a passive solar, multi-room coop. Nate and Melissa have a water catchment and cistern system capable of collecting 22,000 gallons of rainwater in an average year!  The tour doubles as a book signing. Nate will be on hand to sign his new book, Harvest the Rain.

Bob, a life-long gardener and retired biology teacher moved to their present home three years ago with his partner Jerry and began transforming the property with finesse. A quaint picket fence now encloses two raised veggie beds and the hen house- a not to miss, luxury, two-story adobe suite with clearstory windows, vegas, beams, canales, flagstone portal, and run. Masonry beds overflow with ripening harvest. Grapevines, raspberries, gold and red currents are tucked and trellised. Potted tomato plants line the walk, while two enormous Bing cherry trees shade the patio. They have two hand-painted topbar hives and a specifically designed flower garden that provides pollinator habitat. All this and much more to enjoy and inspire!

5- THE BAKER FAMILY 2053 Camino Lado
The Bakers live on a small residential lot in central Santa Fe, and every square inch of which is packed to its potential, producing an abundance of fresh fruit, flowers, veggies, berries, and nuts. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Reese owns and manages The Rain Catcher Inc, a full service design/build landscaping company. Rainwater is collected in above and below ground storage tanks and used for irrigation. Gray water from the house is channeled to fruit trees and a constructed wetlands that filters the water and fills a small pond. They are developing a ‘food forest’ landscape where most of their annual vegetable garden is intermixed with perennials.  All this, plus bees and five happy hens in a homemade coop of recycled materials. A great example of what one can accomplish in a small, city lot!

6- STEVE and MORIA PETERS 1706 W. Alameda St.
The Peters are life-long horticultural experts, plant professionals and gardening educators. They double as residents and caretakers of the Tres Placidas del Rio Co-housing Community garden. Nestled along the Santa Fe River and tucked beneath a canopy of elms and cottonwoods, the gardens are nearly a ¼ acre of cultivated land, teaming with life. Aside from the cornucopia of vegetable crops, perennial beds overflow with herbs, raspberries and asparagus.  Sable Saanen dairy goats and chickens occupy the home-made straw bale barn, complete with it’s own water harvesting system. Animal bedding and kitchen waste feed impressive compost piles that feed the soil, which feed the edibles – that in turn, is gratefully received by all community members.  A wonderful model of community gardening!

Volunteer for the Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour

Sondra Goodwin's Garden Beds

Bob Zimmerman's Chickens

Do you want to see amazing edible gardens and backyard chicken coops in Santa Fe?  Volunteer for the Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour on Sunday, July 24th.  We are hosting this with Edible Santa Fe as a fundraising event.  Tickets are on sale at Brown Paper Tickets for $35.  The tour will include water catchment, permaculture, heated raised beds, unique vegetables, fruit & nut trees, herbs, chicken coops, hand-painted beehives and a barn with goats.  Here are photos of two locations on the tour.

We need volunteers for the morning, afternoon or all day.  Here are some opportunities to be involved:

July 22 afternoon to pick-up tables

July 24 early morning to assist with posting signs before tour

July 24 morning from 8am to 12pm at one of the tour locations

July 24 afternoon from 11am to 3pm at one of the tour locations

July 24 all day from 8am to 3pm at one of the tour locations

July 25 morning to return tables

Volunteer activities will include assisting the homeowner at tour sites, directing parking, ticket taking, answering questions and posting event signs. There is a required 1 hour training on July 16 or 17.  You don’t need to be a garden or chicken expert to volunteer!  Most of the questions and activities will be around the event.

Home Grown New Mexico also has monthly events, computer work and other ways to help.  Visit our Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour page for more details or contact Amy at 473-1403 or homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com.

Green Drinks, Potluck and Garden Fair

This is a busy week for Home Grown New Mexico.  We have just completed Earth Day with events at Earth Care, The Santa Fe Community College and La Montanita Coop.  Our celebration included snap pea seeds for all attendees, so they could start their gardens with a healthy treat.  It was great to meet all of the people that want to grown their own food this year.  We hope to see you at our monthly potlucks, education classes and the Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour.

This week includes three important events:

  • Community Homesteading Potluck
    Tuesday, April 26th at 7pm
    Santa Fe Complex at 632 Agua Fria Street, parking on Romero
    We will have a seed exchange and hear from Food Depot, Santa Fe Time Bank and Beneficial Farms CSA
    For more information, click here
  • Green Drinks
    Wednesday, April 27th at 6:30pm
    Joe’s Diner at 2801 Rodeo Road
    We are excited to share our 2011 plans for connecting individuals, local business and organizations in gardening and urban farming.  The New Mexican wrote a great article on the program and Kathleen Chambers who founded Green Drinks in Santa Fe three years ago.  Congratulations Kathleen!
    For more information, click here
  • Master Gardener Fair
    Saturday, April 30th at 10am
    County Fairgrounds at 3229 Rodeo Road
    Our booth will be outside the exhibit hall and you can come learn about our education sessions from May to October.  We will also be selling heirloom tomato plants!
    For more information, click here

Seed Exchange on April 26

Community Homesteading Potluck Gatherings
The Fourth Tuesday of Every Month and the Santa Fe Complex
Grow, Raise, Cook, Preserve
Teach, Learn, Mentor, Share

The Santa Fe Complex and Home Grown New Mexico continue the Community Homesteading Potluck Gatherings at the Santa Fe Complex. They take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Next event is Tuesday,
April 26th at 7pm

  • We will have a Seed Exchange Table so bring  any seeds to share with others, envelopes or small baggies and a marking pen.
  • The Santa Fe Time Bank will discuss using their system as a way to share skills.
  • The Food Depot will talk about their program to grow an extra row of vegetables for donation.  We will accept donations of produce for the Food Depot at our potlucks.
  • Beneficial Farms CSA will discuss  their short-term shares, so that gardeners can enjoy local fruits and vegetables in May and June before their plants begin producing.  The CSA is year round!  Gardeners can join again in October for a winter share.

The goal of our potlucks is to bring individuals together and organically create an environment of education between the different levels of experience. Come if you are a novice, an expert, or anything in between in the topics of gardening, beekeeping, backyard chicken coops and urban farming.

Bring a dish to share with the group. We want this to be a zero waste event so please bring a plate, silverware and a cup.  You could even bring your dish or drink in a reusable container.

Bring food donations for the Food Depot.  They will accept locally grown produce, canned goods or dry packaged food.  We will be delivering these donations to the Food Depot at all future potluck events.

Home Grown New Mexico hopes to continue to communicate these events and add more speakers and activities to our calendar. To facilitate this there is a suggested donation of $5 or more. The Santa Fe Complex is located at 632 Agua Fria Street with parking off Romero Street before the Ark Bookstore and visit http://sfcomplex.org/ for more detailed directions. For more information on the potlucks, email homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or call 473-1403.

Start Your Backyard Chickens

Do you want to have healthier eggs from your own backyard?  Would you like to add some vibrant feathered friends to your family? Start keeping chickens this year and change your home into a homestead.  Chicks are available this spring at several locations in Santa Fe.  They require care, feeding and protection but are not complicated or expensive to own.

Basics for the First 60 Days
When you first bring the chicks home, they’ll need a brooder box.  This is a warm, dry and safe place for your chicks to live for the first two months.  The brooder box can be a large box or crate that is 18″ high with straw or wood shavings in the bottom.  It will need to be located in a place that is safe from curious pets or children. Chicks must be kept at 95 degrees during the first week, so you will need a lamp or heat source.  Make sure that the area is warm before bringing the chicks home.

Water and food are the next items on the checklist.  Clean water must be available at all times. A fount is a way to provide water to your small chicks and can be purchased at the local stores listed below.  Chick feed is higher in protein than adult feed.  A feeder will help keep the feed dry and in one place, so that it is available to the chicks at all times. The local feed stores below can provide more information and options.

Checking on the chicks several times per day is important to make sure that the environment is dry, draft-free, warm and they are safely growing.  Human interaction is recommended to have them be used to people and living in your backyard chicken coop.

Pick Out Your Chicks
Here are three locations in Santa Fe that have chicks available this spring.

Critters & ME
1403 Agua Fria Street

Monte Vista Fuel & Feed, Inc.
3155 Agua Fria Street
Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm
Sat 9am – 2pm

The Feed Bin
1202 West Alameda Street
Mon – Fri 8am – 6pm
Sat 9am – 5pm

Other Resources for Your Backyard Coop
Enjoy your baby chicks.  Start planning their coops, eating areas and protection from predators.  There are resources locally as well as online.  Here are a few magazine websites that have covered chickens in the past month.

Mother Earth News – click here for the website

Urban Farm- click here for the website

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone that attended the community homesteading potluck last night.  We enjoyed all of your enthusiasm for homegrown food and the delicious dishes that you brought to share.  We had 55 attendees!  Great for our first event.  Thank you for the support and donations.  We hope to see you at the next potluck on Tuesday, April 26 at 7pm.

The Santa Fe Time Bank and Food Depot will speak to share their programs with us.  We would love to make this a zero waste event so please bring your own plate and silverware.  Directions to the Santa Fe Complex are on the Santa Fe Complex website with clear details.  See you there!

Community Garden Plots Still Available

El Dorado School Community Garden

There are still a few great garden plots available in Santa Fe’s community gardens.  If you are interested in gardening this summer but don’t have the space to do it, want learn more about gardening, or just enjoy the camaraderie of gardening with others, run, don’t walk, to one of the following community gardens. They’re available on a first come, first serve basis and are going fast!

The Railyard is still accepting applications for 50 square ft. parcels. The plots are available for a fee of $15 each. Planting will begin in April. For more information and applications go to: thegardens@railyardpark.org. or contact Gaelle de Tassigny through their website.

The El Dorado School Community Garden has 32 square foot in-ground and raised beds available. A one time fee of $30 is required for new members plus $35 for each plot. They also offer shares in their communal area. You can learn more on their website. To sign up, contact Marilynn Jacobs at (505) 466-6707 or www.eldogarden@comcast.net.

The Milagro Community Garden is currently accepting new gardeners and has a waiting list. Plots are approximately 10’ by 16’ and membership is $25 per year, with a one-time fee of $30 the first year. Full and partial scholarships are available.  You can email Milagro_Garden@att.net for more information.

The three City of Santa Fe Community Gardens may have plots available.  They are Sunny Slope Community Garden, Maclovia Community Garden and Frenchy’s Community Garden.  Contact Jessie Esparza at 955-2106 for details.

For more information about community gardens in Santa Fe go to: www.santafecommunitygardens.org

And don’t forget about coming to Home Grown New Mexico’s kick-off potluck tomorrow night, Tuesday March 29th.  Hope to see you at the Santa Fe Complex!

Come Join Us for a Potluck

Community Homesteading Potluck Gatherings Start March 29
Grow, Raise, Cook, Preserve
Teach, Learn, Mentor, Share

The Santa Fe Complex and Home Grown New Mexico announce the beginning of Community Homesteading Potluck Gatherings on March 29th at 7pm at the Santa Fe Complex.  They will continue through the summer on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  The goal is to bring individuals together to organically create an environment of education between the different levels of experience.  Come if you are a novice, an expert, or anything in between.  Bring a dish to share with the group.  Please provide your own utensils.  Home Grown New Mexico hopes to communicate these events and add more speakers and activities and has a suggested donation of $5.  The Santa Fe Complex is located at 632 Agua Fria Street with parking off Romero Street and visit http://sfcomplex.org/ for more details. For more information on the potlucks, visit www.homegrownnewmexico.org or call 473-1403.

Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour

Home Grown New Mexico and Edible Santa Fe announce the First Annual 2011 Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour on Sunday, July 24 and Sunday, July 31 from 9am – 1pm.  Visit five gardens each day and discuss the features with the homeowners.  Santa Fe will be on the 24th and Tesuque and Chupadero on the 31st.

  • Vegetable Gardens & Fruit Trees
  • Backyard Chicken Coops
  • Examples of Fine Potagers
  • Hot Houses & Cold Frames
  • Container Gardens
  • Buy Local Products

Early Bird Ticket prices $30 per day or $50 for both days.  Watch our website for details on purchasing the tickets and more information.

Questions: homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or 473-1403