GARDENS OF THE MIND: Sustainability

As we put our gardens to sleep for the winter, we begin looking for other ways of engaging our love of nature and plants.  Come discover how our three speakers incorporate sustainable techniques into their practice, from living off the grid to feeding Santa Fe.  Learn about ways to create a garden for today and the future.

October 6th – Eating, Loving and Learning in the Santa Fe Garden

Come hear from four very different gardeners in Santa Fe.  Hear about their challenges, success stories, and what inspires them to try to grow food in our climate.  You will have a chance to ask these experienced individuals advice, so bring your questions!

Chris Collins – Home Gardener

Chris Collins is an artist and artisan living in Santa Fe, NM.  An expert in the lost wax process, he is a prolific sculptor with multiple bodies of work that draw from such themes as play, nature, science and technology. Born and raised in Alabama, after completing a masters degree at  Memphis College of Art, he moved to Santa Fe.   A gifted gardener, chile enthusiast and observer of the natural world,  he formed Natureboy Studios to promote his line of cast bronze and aluminum pieces that are derived directly from the environment and are foraged on hikes in Santa Fe’s awesome wide open spaces.

Santa Fe Community Farm

El Dorado Community Garden

Joyce Begay-Foss – Native Gardener

November 10th – The Stress Test: Gardening and Farming in Times of Drought with Stanley Crawford

Photo: Don Usner

Join us as we hear from Stanley, farmer and author, about his experiences growing food in our arid landscape.

What to do about global warming, the advantages of drip irrigation, constructed wetlands, the fate of the acequias of Northern New Mexico: these will be some of the areas farmer-writer Stanley Crawford will touch on in his talk, which will be accompanied by a brief slide show of a year on the farm he and his wife RoseMary have operated in the Embudo Valley since the early 1970s.

Stanley Crawford is the author of five novels and three works of nonfiction, including Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico and A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm.  Two new novels will be issued in March 2015 by the University of New Mexico Press and Fiction Collective 2 / University of Alabama Press. Crawford has been active in the Santa Fe Farmers Market community since the mid-1980s, serving as board chair for fourteen years and directing the early stages of the development of the permanent Farmers’ Market facility in the Railyard; he is currently on the board of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute.   During winter months he has taught recently at UMass/Amherst and at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

December 8th – Honeybees & Native Pollinators

This lecture will provide an in-depth look at the pollination process and the importance of honeybees and native pollinators to our food supply.  We’ll also identify and learn the flowering schedules of plants in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and discover which plants are most visited by bees and other pollinators.

Ken Bower has had a passion for growing plants and vegetables since his youth. Living in Santa Fe for the past 14 years, he and his wife created Eldorado Windy Farm. He completed the Master Gardener course in 2001, sells his lavender products and beeswax at the Eldorado Farmer’s Market, assists friends the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, and volunteers with the Santa Fe Botanical Garden in many ways.  Ken is also a beekeeper and active member of the Sangre de Cristo Beekeepers Association.  For the past several years Ken has been actively recording the flowering schedules of plants to determine which pollens are most sought after by his bees.

Our 2013 Fall Lecture Series was very popular and we thank all of the members, volunteers, and supporters who made it possible.