‘Gardening in the Desert’ is about to begin

That's me

That’s me

As most of you know, I have been running the garden at the Santa Fe Community College for about a year and a half.  Before that I was on the design team, so for the past four years I have gotten to watch it go from good idea to a highly productive and beautiful garden, and we are just getting started!!IMG_6815

I can’t tell you how much I love to witness the process of a piece of land go from ignored to embed with love!!  Don’t get me wrong, this project has been less than perfect, but when I step back and look at what we have sown, I am deeply satisfied to the core and know it will bloom and grow as the years go on.   We now have 21 fruit trees, 16 vegetable beds, a pollinator garden, a worm compost and have plans for an outdoor classroom/ kitchen, berries, herbs, perennial vegetables, and more!!IMG_7756

This Friday marks the beginning of my first official class I will be offering in the garden, ‘Gardening in the Desert’ through the Continuing Ed Dept.  Because it has been a long time in the making, I have pulled out all the stops for this one.

It will be  a 6 week course where I will impart all my garden secrets weaving lectures and hands on learning to really get my students confident in growing in this wild western ecosystem.


I even invited the some of Santa Fe’s Garden stars to teach with me!!

Joel Glanzberg of Pattern Mind will be teaching about the high desert arid landscape and how understanding this distinct ecosystem aids in us growing well within it.


Joel Glanzberg & Son

Ken Kuhn of Grow Your Own will be sharing his experience in making raised garden beds for desert bounty.

Ken Kuhn

Ken Kuhn


and lastly Deborah Madison will join us for a lesson in Vegetable Literacy!!

I am so excited about this class and have to say I hope it is the first of many, but it very well may be a once in a lifetime course.

Deborah Madison

Deborah Madison

There are still 5 more spots left in the class so you can still sign up!  Go online or Call 428-1676 to enroll.

You can even enroll after the class starts on Friday, but trust me you don’t want to miss even one!!

I also want to say thank you to all of you wonderful readers who have already signed up, without you planning ahead, this class would not have run!!!  See you Friday!!


2 thoughts on “‘Gardening in the Desert’ is about to begin

  1. Dear Erin, I enrolled in the class but due to my brother’s health issues I disenrolled. Have a great first run which looks absolutely fabulous!! Betty Kuhn

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