January 2019

Dear DOT Garden Friends,

A new year has arrived and we’re excited to share our vision with you as we step into our sixth year! If you’ve been with us since the early days of the garden, you might recall our Learn Work Days – large volunteer days to help us complete big projects in the garden and teach our community along the way. Those events helped us build out new planting areas and raised beds, install irrigation, and transplant hundreds of perennials in our Welcome Center. We’ve paused the past year or so on any new build outs but we’re ready to get growin’ again! Keep an eye out later this year for a revival of our Learn Work Days as we embark on fencing projects, first steps towards a food forest, DIY coolers, and improved storage areas.

These big projects will help us accomplish some of our other goals this year, like expanding our CSA and growing our community classes and education opportunities. Interested in getting weekly boxes of fresh produce from the garden? We’ll continue our 22 week CSA option (May 7-Oct 1) as well as open up a 10 week CSA (End of July – Beginning of Oct). Interested in learning more? Contact Tiana Baca.

We’ll continue to offer FREE GARDEN CLASSES in partnership with the Water Authority. We’ll also be spreading the good word on soil, seed, and desert abundance at various conferences, Master Gardener events, and more (see the list below).

We can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together this year!

With gratitude,

--The DOT Garden Crew

Save the Date: Plant Sale & Local Garden Fest
Saturday, April 27

Save the date for our biggest event of the year where you can get your desert-adapted plants.

Plant Donations:
Send Us Your Wishlist

Are you a school garden or non-profit? Need plants? We’re taking wish lists for spring and summer plant starts. Email Serena Wright for more details.

INTERN with DOT GARDEN this Summer!

Open to High School | 8 AM to 12 PM | Monday - Friday

Position Includes:

  • Working outside!
  • Learning about regenerative agriculture
  • Helping with our Community Supported Agricultural program
  • Harvesting crops, weeding, planting, and assisting with all garden operations
  • Learning about local food system, teaching, and team-building in a hands-on environment

Interested? Want more information? Have questions?
Contact our Garden Manager Tiana Baca

Applications open in February, but don’t hesitate to contact us first!

2019 Events - DOT GARDEN

April 27 (10am-2pm) – Plant Sale & Local Garden Fest


Feb 15-16 – NM Organic Farming Conference
Our director will be speaking on a panel “Tools & Strategies for Water Conservation & Resilience”

Feb 21-23 – Mountain West Seed Summit
Our director will be speaking on a panel “Young Seed Stewards Rising”:

Master Gardener Events

March 26 – Water Wise Gardening
Part of the Master Gardener training program. Open to all.

2019 Water Smart Workshops

March 2 - Seed Starting
Basics of starting your own seedlings for transplanting, making potting mix, navigating seed catalogues, planning for spring/summer. 

March 9 - Planting an Early Spring Garden
Amending your soil, transplanting and direct seeding cold hardy plants, how to use row cover for season extension. 

March 30 - Planning Your Summer Garden
How to plan your own vegetable garden, companion planting, spacing, irrigation needs, maps/drawings

April 6 - Planning Your Summer Garden
How to plan your own vegetable garden, companion planting, spacing, irrigation needs, maps/drawings

June 8 - Watering During the Heat of the Summer
Different types of irrigation and water saving strategies to beat the heat and help your vegetable garden flourish.

July 6 - Pest & Disease Management
Troubleshooting common vegetable garden pests and diseases, how to identify, prevent, and treat 

July 13 - Seed Saving
Basics on seed saving from your own vegetable garden, avoiding cross-pollination, collection, cleaning, and storage 


September 7 – Harvest Festival (Partner with WUA & Tierra Luna Seed Collab)
Celebrate the harvest season and learn how to make the most of your garden bounty. Family friendly activities, take-home projects, food sampling, games, and more. Local experts to offer activities and educational opportunities.

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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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