This handbook was made possible by funding from the McCune Charitable Foundation
The following people contributed to this handbook:
Le Adams, Director - Farm to School Program, Farm to TableOlivia Andrade de Sanchez, Environmental Health Supervisor
City of AlbuquerqueMary Erwin, 3
Grade Teacher - Bandelier Elementary School, Albuquerque Public SchoolsChristianna Cappelle, Project Facilitator
GardenersGuildJohn Garlisch, Agent - NMSU Cooperative Extension ServiceWhitney Kane, Social Worker - Grant Middle School, Behavior Intervention Program, APSJennie McCary, Wellness Manager - Albuquerque Public SchoolsCara McCulloch, Architect and Community VolunteerNissa Patterson, Community VolunteerBecky Pierce, Board member - Rio Grande Community Farm and Horticultural TherapistTess Grasswitz, Urban/Small Farm IPM Specialist - NMSU Agricultural Science Center, Los LunasJoran Viers, Horticulture Agent - Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service/NMSU
The purpose of this handbook is to provide resources, guidanceand information to APS staff and studentsso that their gardens will be successful and fruitful.
This handbook contains information on the basics about gardening in the climate of thesouthwest. There are many theories and techniques related to appropriate seeds and plants,soil, water, sun, mulching, and beds. This publication shares the best thinking of the Growing Gardens Team but you may find that you have a technique that is different or
works better for you. That’s fine! Gardening is always an evolving art.
This is the first edition of this handbook. We hope to revise it in the future.