March 2019

Dear DOT Garden Friends,

What would spring in Albuquerque be without sunshine, wind, and plummeting nighttime temps? If you’re struggling with the ups and downs of the season, you’re not alone. Luckily, May is on its way and we’ll soon find a steady climb to summer’s heat and bounty. If you’re itchin’ to get summer plants in the ground, be sure to provide them with protection as these next few weeks may still be tumultuous for such sun loving babies.

Also, our annual Plant Sale & Local Garden Fest is just two weeks away! Join us on April 27th from 10am-2pm – you’ll find an assortment of desert-adapted veggies, herbs, and flowers. We’ll also be joined by Rio Grande High School, Lavaland Elementary and local artisans, community organizations, and food vendors. This is our primary fundraiser for the garden and your support helps our program grow! Interested in volunteering for the event? Contact Tiana Baca for more info.

Looking forward to see you all on the 27th!

--The DOTG crew

Garden tip

Have a plethora of mustards in your garden? Eat them! All parts of the mustard plant are edible – flowers, leaves, roots. Try sauteeing the leaves with a little butter and lemon juice or make a mustard sauce with the flowers. We’ve been cooking up mustards with our high school students and they whole heartedly approve.

Upcoming DOT Garden Events

Plant Sale & Local Garden Fest 

Saturday, April 27

Join us for our annual fundraiser and community gathering to get your desert-adapted plant starts and other resources for your home gardens!

Volunteer Days

Wednesdays 9am-12pm

The DOT Garden can always use help and we love our volunteers. Bring your friends, family, or club out for a morning outside!

Sign-up prior to attending is required. Email Tiana Baca to sign up.

Watering During the Heat of the Summer

Saturday, June 8, 9-11am

Part of the WaterSmart series. Learn the basics of different types of irrigation and water saving strategies to beat the heat and help your vegetable garden flourish. Visit for more info.

Garden & Sustainability Internship
Now Accepting Applications

The Garden and Sustainability internship is a part-time to full-time position (based on applicants’ availability and interest) for the 2019-2020 school year (August 2019 through May 2020). The internship is intended to support the development of a relatively new professional to the field of sustainability education and should provide excellent experience to support future professional goals. Additional opportunities for local professional development will be available to support the intern’s growth over the school year.

For more information on job requirements, compensation, and job responsibilities, see the full job description here.

Applicants should submit cover letter & resume by May 24th.

Contact Tiana Baca with any questions at

Click here to download the internship post in PDF format.
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The Desert Oasis Teaching Garden is a community education and experiential learning space at Albuquerque Academy where we explore sustainability and growing food in the arid southwest. We take the classroom into nature to investigate innovative ideas for cultivating dryland growing and we share this information across the middle Rio Grande region. The DOT Garden is a space where everyone is welcome to volunteer their time and knowledge to inspire others to fold sustainable living into their lives. We want to support all of Albuquerque becoming more adaptable and resilient.
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