A.I.R.E. for Growing Community Now: -$1,745.34 For creating eight new garden planting boxes with which the students will learn to plant and process 75 edible cultivars, native plants and seeds.
The Friends of the Taos Library: -$3,000 To expand the garden that was installed this year to include a renovation of the streambed and planting the area along the sidewalk. The area to the north of the garden will also be renovated and the plant signage installed.
Nonviolence Works: -$2,891.37 for the joint project with the Taos Village Farm to purchase fruit trees, supplies and child size equipment for the Taos E.A.T.S. program.
Taos Center for the Arts -$2,158: For rehabilitation of an area behind the Los Jardineros Celebration Garden from the entry to the TCA offices to the auditorium parking lot.
Taos Art Museum at Fechin House- $1,500: For establishment of new flower beds, reconfiguration of the flagstone walkways, flagstone paving of a large area for a tented space, upgrading the irrigation system, adding a large water feature and benches for additional seating.
Equine Spirit Sanctuary -$1,300: For a garden/break/meditation area along the acequia near the horses. A bridge will be built over the acequia by home school students and their instructor.
Taos Integrated School of the Arts -$1,935: For ten trees, a raised bed pollinator garden and a composter. The trees will be planted along the acequia on school grounds. The school will teach students about the role water plays in an arid landscape and familiarize them with the importance of the local foodshed.
Friends of the Taos Public Library -$3,000: For reconfiguring and replanting with rocks, new soil, and new native plants) the garden on the west side of the library. The Friends of the Library committed to matching funds for the labor costs.
Roots and Wings Community School -$1,491: For revitalizing the onsite greenhouse with drip irrigation, solar pumps, seed trays, growing soil and heritage seeds. The greenhouse has been made pest free by professionals. The produce will be used in the year-round lunch program.
Localogy/Questa Community Center -1,353: For installation of a drip system for recently planted trees and landscape in the park area surrounding the Questa Library and youth center. UNM Construction Tech program will install signs for the trees.
Las Cumbres Community Services - Garden at the Taos County Juvenile Detention Center - $1,650 This project will create a vegetable and flower garden in the juvenile detention center. The project will serve primarily as an educational opportunity for the juveniles who are housed in the detention center. There is also the component of creating a beautiful space within the detention center that can serve as a space for residents of the facility to meet with probation and counselors. The detention center would also like to construct benches for residents to meet with service providers, when appropriate.
Three Sisters Garden at Taos Charter School $2,000 This grant was provided to Agriculture Implementation Research and Education (AIRE) to create a "three sisters" garden in the arroyo at each of the terraces defined by the flood control check dams east of Taos Charter School. The arroyo garden will demonstrate a Native American agriculture technique that was common to this area in pre-Hispanic times. The tree pruning workshop is in collaboration with the Heartwood Coalition to maintain the fruit trees that currently exist at two sites to the east side of the school and surrounding the arroyo.
The Fechin Food Forest - $4,000 The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, in partnership with Lettuce Grow Farms and Education Center will develop the Fechin Food Forest to inspire and engage the public in permaculture and the cultivation of healthy, free food for the public. The goal of the food forest is to engage families, school groups and visitors of all backgrounds in observing, appreciating and cultivating these precious food sources and sharing their produce. The garden produces fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and fungi in a layered forest. It will attract bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators. It will include a beehive, which will provide honey. All food is free to the public for harvesting.