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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, forrester@aps.edu, 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.

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