Growing Food and Community Together
Cultivando La Comida y La Comunidad Juntos
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Join the community gardens!
Learn how to grow food econmically and while conserving water and soil resources. Kids are welcome and volunteers may harvest produce too!
Meadow Lake: Fridays 7am - 9am
100 Cuerro Ln, behind the Community Center
El Cerro Mission: Friday 8am - 10am
309 El Cerro Mission Rd, behind Community Center
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 in El Cerro Mission and Meadow Lake, NM. EVUGP started out of concerns that East Valencia communities are drastically underserved, with higher poverty rates and considered a food desert with only convenient stores available. We reach hundreds of community members each year through events, workshops, interships and volunteer opportunities that teach about how to grow food in an arid, hot climate, teach community members how to grow food directly from two community gardens. We also donate over 2,500 lbs of fresh produce in the communities each year from these gardens.
TWO community gardens, in El Cerro Mission and Meadow Lake;
Fifteen youth interns learning everything from planting seeds to harvesting and selling produce;
Free workshops and classes for the community;
Seed to Supper Spring 6-week class series, to start your own backyard garden;
Financial Assistance programs to start backyard gardens and conserve water and soil resources (water harvesting, native plants, hoop houses, and more)
News-Bulletin Article May, 2021
Community Garden Gets Funding
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:
Community Gardens Wish List
The community gardens rely 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 us 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 us for more information, question or feedback:
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 Indigenous Peoples Day
November 11th Veterans Day
November 25th Thanksgiving Day
Saturday, December 25th Christmas Day