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Upcoming GGT Workshops

August 31, 2011

Join us for one of our upcoming Growing Gardens Team Workshops!

Thursday, September 15th
Drip Irrigation

We will go to the John Adams Middle School garden and together examine an existing drip
system and talk about how to make it even better. The basics of drip systems will be covered in
an easy to understand workshop, presented by County Extension agents.
4:00-5:30 pm
John Adams Middle School, 5401 Glenrio Road Northwest, Albuquerque
Meet in the library and then we will go to the school garden
Refreshments from local farms!
Free seeds to participants!

Monday, September 19th
BONUS Workshop on Drip Irrigation

Come see an example of an effective, easy drip system in a home garden. Participants will leave
with a list of drip system parts and where to get them. We will also look at double dug beds,
hoop houses and what is growing in a fall garden.
4:00-5:00 pm
7708 McKnight NE
Meet in the front yard garden

Saturday, November 5th, From Seed to Soil to Food on the Table
Incorporating Fun, Hands-on Agricultural, Horticultural, and Natural Resource Educational Activities into your Curriculum. Target Grades PreK-3. Teachers will learn activities and receive handouts that incorporate outdoor classroom topics into multiple learning concepts and curriculum themes.
Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd
Teachers will receive seeds, handouts, on-line links, and ideas from sharing!


Growing Gardens Team Update – What to Plant Now!

August 24, 2011

We’re back in school and, hopefully, you’re back in the garden for the fall growing season. Don’t forget that fall and winter are great seasons for gardening in New Mexico. A little row cover goes a long way towards protecting greens all winter.

What to plant now? Carrots, beets, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, chard. You might wait a few weeks on radishes and peas, because they really do not like heat, or go ahead now and see how it goes.

Here are some upcoming events of interest for GGT:

1. Next GGT meeting will be September 12th at Michael Thomas Coffee (1111 Carlisle) at 4pm. Everyone welcome!

2. Radio show on growing cool weather crops: Saturday, August 27th at noon. Women’s Focus. 89.9FM.

3. We’re now on Facebook. Search for us under “APS Growing Gardens Team.”

4. GGT workshops: Coming soon will be details on our September and October workshops. September will focus on installing efficient watering systems and October on garden related lesson ideas for teachers. Details coming soon.

5. Funding Opportunities for School Gardens
A) Whole Foods has a new school garden grant program. Applications are on-line and you can apply NOW through December 31st 2011. Word on the street is that 12 school garden grants will be distributed across NM. Also when you go to shop at Whole Foods you can choose to donate $1 or $5 to the school garden grant fund when you check out at the register. Donate next time you go in!!

B) Two opportunities for APS school gardens to apply for. If you have questions about them contact Jeanne Forrester,, 855-9793

C) Horizon Campaign funds $1,500-5,000 for literacy, fine arts, science or MS after-school programs.  (click on “Apply for the Horizon Awards”)
Seeds of Learning grant through Join-a-School, offers a $350 grant each month.  (There are 4, including the monthly “Seeds of Learning” and 2 different grants to support field trips!)

6. Other related events
Solar Fiesta September 27th and 28th
Attend this event to learn more about how to build a sustainable life.

Rio Grande Community Farm Fall Event Schedule
Dino-Maze Grand Opening, Sept. 3, 2011, 9 am
The theme of this year’s Maize Maze is dinosaurs.  In addition to our dinosaur-shaped corn maze, Rio Grande Community Farm is partnering with the NM Museum of Natural History on their 25th anniversary to provide fun activities about dinosaurs at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space.   Opening ceremony takes place Sept. 3 at 9 am.  The maze will be open 7 days/week from Sept. 3-Oct. 31.  You can buy your tickets in advance on our website. Click here to read about the new family activities being offered.

Dinner in the Field, Sept. 25, 2011, 5-8 pm
This special meal will be prepared by local chefs Bob Peterson (Savoy Bar & Grill) and Chris Pope (Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro) using fresh, locally grown produce, meat and cheese.  Served in the field at Rio Grande Community Farm, it will be an experience you don’t want to miss.  Buy your tickets on our website before they sell out.

APS funding opportunity

August 16, 2011

Here are 2 opportunities for school gardens to apply for. If you have questions about the contact Jeanne Forrester,

Horizon Campaign funds $1,500-5,000 for literacy, fine arts, science or MS after-school programs. (click on “Apply for the Horizon Awards”)

Seeds of Learning grant through Join-a-School, offers a $350 grant each month. (There are 4, including the monthly “Seeds of Learning” and 2 different grants to support field trips!). Jeanne can be reached at 855-9793 or

Cooking from the Spring Garden

May 3, 2011

Save the date! The Growing Gardens Team is hosting another fun workshop: Cooking from the Spring Garden.

Join local chef Michael von Bloomberg from Lucia at the Hotel Andaluz on Friday, May 13, from 4-6pm, at Washington Middle School, 1101 Park SW, 87102. The event will include a school garden tour at 4pm, with the workshop to follow at 4:30pm.

A happy participant in one of Kids Cook! many activities.

The workshop features Mary Meyer from Kids Cook!. As always kids are welcome.

Please RSVP to Jennie McCary by May 10th by phone or email. 505-855-9793 or 252-3034 or mccary AT aps DOT edu.

Why School Gardens?

April 18, 2011

The Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) district wellness policy supports many aspects of student wellness that include nutrition, health education, physical activity, social/emotional well-being and family/community partnerships. The impact of learning in a school garden reaches and extends beyond each of these areas. We know that a child‘s health and school attachment affect their school performance. School gardens have the potential to promote bonding between students and strengthen a student‘s feelings of connectedness with their school.

School gardens can be small or large and can fit into many under used spaces on school grounds.

In Albuquerque‘s urban areas, youth are surrounded by cement and asphalt and may not have opportunities to connect with nature. In our society children are increasingly drawn away from their natural habitat by electronic devices. By re-connecting with their innate nature, children learn about the real world and the interrelation of life systems.

When children are drawn again toward nature, their sense of wonder and awe awakens. This interest in biological life cycles transforms into renewed interest in classroom learning. Children who learn by observing nature are better able to protect it as adults. A garden on a school campus provides a dynamic learning environment that engages and excites students.

Learning in a garden naturally promotes a healthy lifestyle. Eating more fruits and vegetables and being physically active are two evidence-based strategies proven to help kids and families maintain a healthy weight and improve overall health.

Gardens are a great way to get children involved in healthy activities.

Gardeners of all ages get excited about pulling up and eating the carrots they have tended for so long; this extends to interest in trying new vegetables and interest in where our food comes from. Involving students in gardening is a promising strategy for increasing their fruit and vegetable intake and positively impacting their food choices.

The popularity of school gardens as an educational outdoor classroom is growing. School garden-based activities promote overall student well-being and have the potential to improve student academic achievement through experiential learning. Lessons come alive in the garden. Garden-based education addresses multiple learning styles and provides a vehicle to help educators meet standards in a hands-on, positive learning environment.

School gardens provide a place to teach and learn a wide range of academic subjects, including:

  • Literacy
  • Math
  • Science
  • History
  • Art
  • Creative writing
  • Health and nutrition

In addition to academic subjects, gardens are an ideal place to teach important social and life skills:

  • Enjoying a hobby (gardening is the number 1 hobby in America)
  • Cooperation, teamwork, sharing
  • Caring for something other than self, nurturance
  • Goal setting
  • Safety
  • Managing disappointment, frustration
  • Connection of self to the larger web of life

School gardens are rich with opportunities to engage parents, community volunteers and agencies in the education of our students. They nurture community spirit, common purpose, and cultural appreciation by building bridges among students, school staff, families, local businesses, and organizations.

Funding Opportunity for School Gardens

March 10, 2011

Thanks to Yvonne Scott from Outrageous Gardens for bringing this grant opportunity from Scotts Miracle Gro Company to our attention.

1,000 gardens will be the lucky recipient of up to $1,500 in monetary and in-kind support.

For more info on the GRO1000 Grassroots Grants or to apply online, go to their website.

The deadline is March 31st. So get busy!

Upcoming Growing Gardens Team Events

January 11, 2011

There are several exciting opportunities coming up to participate in Growing Gardens Team events and workshops.

1. Celebrate Seeds NM
Attend one of the many workshops or have a booth to share what your school is doing. Contact the Gardeners’ Guild for more info.

Date: Saturday, March 19
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque

2. School Garden Hoophouse Workshop
Open to school gardeners and friends/ supporters of gardens. Come learn the basics (from master gardeners) on building a hoop structure to lengthen your planting/ growing season. Meet and network with other school gardeners. Get inspired for spring gardening. This workshop will be hands on!

Date: Saturday, April 2
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Grant Middle School Garden
Contact: Whitney Kane by March 25th.

2. Albuquerque Home & Garden Show
School gardens have been invited to exhibit at the Albuquerque Home and Garden Show on Saturday, April 16 & Sunday, April 17, 2011. The Growing Gardens Team will have a display and we encourage all other school gardens to come have a display so that we can all get the word out about the wonders of school gardens. Also you CAN sell items at the show as a fundraiser for your garden program. Items such as seeds, starter plants, items made by students (birdhouses, plant row markers, hand painted inspiring garden signs, artwork) can be sold to the show participants. Please no food sales.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17
Location: ABQ Home & Garden Show
Info: Applications due by March 31th.