Growing Food and Community Together
Cultivando La Comida y La Comunidad Juntos
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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.
Meadow Lake: Saturdays 9-11am in November
100 Cuerro Ln, Meadow Lake, NM (behind the Meadow Lake Community Center)
El Cerro: Thursdays 3:30-5pm in November
309 El Cerro Mission Rd, El Cerro Mission, NM (behind the El Cerro Mission Community Center)
Join us a full-day workshop teaching the basics of how to incorporate permaculture concepts into your garden, farm or homestead. Learn how to conserve water, reduce waste, plant large amounts of food in a small area and save money! Lead by Certified Permaculture Design Expert.
Seed to Supper Spring Series
Saturdays, February 22 - March 28 TENTATIVE
The highly popular Seed to Supper class series is back this year! This class teaches everything you need to know to start your own backyard garden. We will cover choosing a site, building healthy soils, propogating your own plants, maintaining your garden, conserving water, pest management and more! First 10 participants to complete the series from the East Mesa recieve a Garden Starter Kit worth $250 that includes seeds, tools, drip hose, compost and more! (Garden Kits are funded through the VSWCD mil levy tax.) Lindsey Diaz leads the curriculum, developed by I-CAN NMSU Extension with visiting experts. Ms. Diaz has 20+ years gardening throughout the western US, is Certified in Permaculture Design and focuses on how to conserve resources and build sustainable sollutions that reduce waste and save money and efforts.
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 (1st priority)
Straw bails (old or new)
Picnic Tables (or chairs/tables)
6 mm greenhouse plastic
4x4 and 2x4 wood (old or new)
EVUGP was featured in the Valencia County News Bulletin! Read the article here:
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
2019 Holiday Schedule
Office will be closed in observance of these days.
January 1st New Year’s Day
January 21st Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
February 18th Washington’s Birthday
27th Memorial Day
4th Independence Day
September 2nd Labor Day
October 14th Columbus Day
November 11th Veterans Day (OBSERVED)
November 28th Thanksgiving Day
Wednesday, December 25th Christmas Day