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
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
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!!
Call Jannine at 505-660-4986
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
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