October 2018

Dear DOT Garden Friends,

We’ve entered the season of transition here at the garden. Summer bounty is subsiding and we’re slowly making our way to fall and winter crops. For this coming fall and winter, we’re opting to keep things simple and focus on heritage grains, cover crops, and garlic.

We’ve had a bounty of new classes out in the garden and decided a subdued winter grow-out will allow us to stay devoted to curriculum development and experiential learning. As part of this, we’ve had a great time embarking on fermentation and medicinal plant projects with the students. Some of these treats will even be finding their way to you (hello prickly pear vinegar!) in the coming months.

As your own garden needs lessen, know that you’re always welcome to come play in the dirt with us. A simple season though it may be, we’ll still have plenty of projects and need of helping hands.

We’d love to see you in the garden!

--The DOT Garden Crew

Garden tip

Interested in winter veggies? There’s still time to direct seed cool season crops outside.
Need a break? Now is a great time to start putting in cover crops to protect and nourish your soil through the dark side of the year.

Upcoming Community Events

Encuentro de Medicina Tradicional

Saturday, October 13
10am - 4pm @ Barelas Community Center

9th annual gathering of natural and traditional medicine. Healing, food (including DOTG produce), workshops, vendors, music and entertainment all coming together in celebration of this years theme "Uniting community to heal our children." 
More info on the facebook event.

Regenerate Conference

October 31 - November 2
@ Hotel Albuquerque

For the first time ever, the Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and the American Grassfed Association will collaborate to convene ranchers, farmers, environmentalists, land managers, food producers and distributors, health experts, students, teachers, and others to explore ideas of regeneration: everything from the connection between soil and gut health to no regrets investment in land to interdisciplinary soil health research to wildlife habitat and stock density.
More info at

Seed School in a Day: Seed Literacy for Western Ranchers and Sustainable Farmers

Saturday, November 3
9am - 5pm @ DOT Gardens

A day-long immersion into the modern seed world. This engaging workshop will touch on the history, structure and growth of the modern seed industry, its extreme centralization, and the worldwide efforts and new opportunities for smaller operations. You will learn where your seeds are actually grown and how you can find, test, source, grow, adapt, harvest, clean, store and even market the best seeds for your environment. More info at

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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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