Growing Food and Community Together
Cultivando La Comida y La Comunidad Juntos
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Check out the 4-part Permaculture Basics video series featuring Michael Reed, local Certified Permaculture Instructor and Designer. Learn about how to incorporate holistic ways of working with land, water and creatures to provide habitat AND lots of food. These concepts can be incorporated at any scale and any type of land management project - farming, landscaping, ranching, gardening and restoration. These videos were created by VSWCD with support from a Permaculture Grant awarded by NM Foundation. Click our Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District YouTube Channel for all 4 video links.
UPDATE: 2020 National Association of Conservation Districts Urban Agriculture Grant Awardee!!
East Valencia Urban Gardens was awarded $50,000 for the next year. These funds go towards many projects:
UPDATE: 2020 New Mexico Department of Agriculture Heathly Soils Education Grant Awardee!!
East Valencia Urban Gardens was awarded $12,430 for the next year to go towards a healthy soils education project:
Overview of Our Program
The East Valencia Urban Gardens Program (EVUGP) aims to increase access to locally grown and healthy food, conserve water and soil resources, increase economic opportunities and reach youth through farming and gardening of fruits and vegetables. EVUGP started because of concerns expressed for improving the District's local food economy during a series of community consensus meetings on building a more resilient community to climate change. We teach community members how to grow food, lead two youth gardening programs, connect farmers to resources and are working to start the first farmer's market on the East Mesa. EVUGP is specifically concerned with working on projects on the East Mesa, an underserved area that has minimal access to healthy foods and a higher poverty rate.
Join the community gardens!
We have regularly scheduled work days at the community gardens and you can join anytime! Regular volunteers in a community garden may harvest some of the produce.
TBD Gardens open again mid-March.
100 Cuerro Ln, Meadow Lake, NM (behind the Meadow Lake Community Center)
TBD Garden open again mid-March.
309 El Cerro Mission Rd, El Cerro Mission, NM (behind the El Cerro Mission Community Center)
Community Gardens Wish List
The East Valencia Community Garden relies on donations from the community to support the start of the community gardens so that the opportunity remains free for participants. If you have items to donate to the garden please contact Lindsey at EVUrbanGardens@gmail.com. Thank you!!
Fruit trees and shrubs
Straw bails (old or new)
Picnic Tables or Chairs and Tables
4x4 and 2x4 wood (old or new) for raised beds
Contact for more information, question or feedback:
Lindsey Díaz , EVUG Program Coordinator
PO Box 170
Belen, NM 87002
Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area
2424 Hwy 47
Belen, NM 87002
2021 Holiday Schedule
Office and grounds will be closed in observance of these days.
Monday, May 31st Memorial Day
Monday, July 5th, Fourth of July Federal Observance Holiday
September 6th Labor Day
October 11th Columbus Day
November 11th Veterans Day
November 25th Thanksgiving Day
Saturday, December 25th Christmas Day