Los Jardineros grants spur new projects across Taos
By Carol J. Nelson
For The Taos News
The Los Jardineros Garden Club announced its 2016 grants at its annual meeting in late October. The club uses profits from its annual Garden & Home Tour, as well as membership dues, to fund civic beautification or educational projects each year. Projects funded by these grants must provide environmental and horticultural education, or beautification of public landscapes within Taos and the immediate surrounding communities.
Los Jardineros is pleased to announce the following recipients:
• Las Cumbres Community Services — $1,650 Las Cumbres plans to create a vegetable and flower garden within the Taos County Juvenile Detention Center.
This garden will be used primarily as an educational opportunity for the juveniles who are housed in the detention center. Creating a beautiful space within the detention center will serve as a place for residents of the facility to meet with probation officers and counselors.
• Roots and Wings Community School - $1,500 Roots and Wings plans to build an adobe waffle garden, food forest and worm composting area around their existing spiral garden. These gardens will be connected to a solar-powered rain catchment system previously installed.
• Taos Art Museum at Fechin House - $4,000 The museum plans to prepare and plant a natural food forest. The food forest will be used to engage families, school groups and visitors from all backgrounds in observing, appreciating and cultivating food sources and sharing the produce. This project will be implemented in partnership with Lettuce Grow Farms.
Los Jardineros would like to encourage educational and nonprofit organizations in the Taos community to apply for the 2017 grants.
For more information on the grant process, please visit our website at gardencluboftaos.
org or contact grants chair John Mayer at (575) 770-3427, or email him at jktaos@msn.