November 2018

Dear DOT Garden Friends,

Darker days are fast approaching but sunny fall afternoons still make for wonderful time outside in the garden. In the brief lull between fall plantings and preparing for our Winter Gift Sale, we’ve taken some time to look back on the last school year and put together a list of accomplishments.

As we embark on this season of gratitude, we want to share our THANKS for each and every one of you and all the ways you support our garden and help our community grow.
Here’s a peek at some of the things we’ve accomplished together:

Garden tip

Now it the perfect time to plant garlic! Divide bulbs into individual cloves and plant at least 4” apart. Be sure to give them a good drink to get established. Add a thin layer of leaf or straw mulch to help protect the soil. Or try interplanting with a covercrop, like wheat or rye.

Upcoming Community Events

Winter Gift Sale

@ DOT Gardens

It’s back! Our online, garden gift sale will be the first week of December. We’ll have an assortment of garden based body care products, prickly pear syrups, stone ground flours and more! Stay tuned!

Community Seed Dinner & Varietal Tasting

Dec 5th 6-8pm
@ Three Sisters Kitchen

Hosted by Tierra Luna Seed Collaborative, join us for a night of seed, food, and fun. This potluck style community event will include an heirloom bean varietal tasting. For more information contact

E-Waste Recycling

Saturday, November 17
9am - 12pm
@ Albuquerque Academy Farmer's Market Lot

Bring your old electronics such as old computers, servers, laptops, cameras, phones and more and keep them out of the landfill. See this list for accepted items. We are in competition with Sandia Prep and Bosque Prep, so spread the word! 

Nominate someone for a Local Food
or Farm-to-School award!

The Annual Local Food and Farm to School Awards celebrate individuals and organizations in New Mexico who are actively fostering innovation around our local food economy. The Awards are designed to ignite a statewide passion around local food that ultimately will create change in systems, thinking, and approaches to food production, use, distribution, and policy.

The Awards categories are: 
  • Farmer of the Year
  • Outstanding Organization of the Year
  • Educational Program/Educator of the Year
  • School Garden of the Year
  • School Food Service of the Year
  • Double Up Food Bucks Champion of the Year
All categories will be evaluated using a lens of equity and justice. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to land and culture, innovative and creative approaches to complex problems, and an investment in creating healthy food, a healthy economy, and a sustainable future for New Mexico. 

Nominations will close at 11:59pm on November 16, 2018. 
More info and the nomination link here
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Thank you so much for supporting the Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens!
We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

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The Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens 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 Gardens 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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