Join us for a special urban farming educational event at Molecule Design in Santa Fe. A free fun opportunity for families and individuals to learn about growing your own food, sustainable planting and ideas for small space and vertical gardening. With local experts present to talk and answer your home garden questions. This opportunity is open to the public Saturday May 7 at 1 – 5 PM with speakers starting at 1:30 PM.
Guest speaker Maria Bernardez of the Mother Nature Center will demonstrate growing your own food, soil requirements for our region and fertilizer, as well as inspiring kids in the garden. A mother of two, she has worked with children as an elementary bilingual teacher at Santa fe Public schools, food educator with Cooking with kids, and as a Science and ecology facilitator at the Audobon Center. Maria founded The Natural Child LLC In 2007 and in 2012 the non-proffit organization Mother Nature Center, providing care and education to infants, young children and their families. Maria has been very active in promoting GMO-free action, education and reform in the City of Santa Fe. Maria grows produce at her home and through Mother Nature Center encourages and supports others in creating edible sustainable home gardens. She was a participant in developing future ordinances in the area of greening the public schools, gardens in schools, food policy and most important Food Security. http://mothernaturecenter.org/
Christie Green of Radicle Landscape Design will present sustainable garden design. Green has been creating and implementing innovative, ecologically sound landscape designs since 1999. Her plan for the 85-acre Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, NM was awarded the city’s 2012 Sustainable Award for Water Conservation, and she was selected in 2014 to participate in SFAI’s Food Justice Residency Program. Sponsored by Grater Albuquerque Housing Partnership, she worked with Design Group to develop the conceptual design for the NM Mortgage Finance Authority Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) Design Competition and was awarded 2nd out of 16 in the 2015 design competition. http://beradicle.com/
The team from Molecule will demonstrate fun, easy to use raised beds and vertical gardens using their modular, green breathable planters by Woolly Pocket. The planters are made in the USA from 100% food grade recycled milk jugs. Exactly what you need to enhance your garden experience this year. Our planter will help you quickly and easily create edible gardens in raised beds or as living walls on any indoor/outdoor wall, fence or railing. Each comes with a brochure with specs and planting ideas.
- Children will receive a gift of a book with the purchase of a Mini Pocket planter. The book and pocket combo is a fun encouraging start to inspire parent-child gardening.
- Molecule is also pleased to announce our first annual Green Molecule School Garden Program by donating a 50 piece wall garden set to the Mother Nature Center. This will be followed annually by continued work with qualifying schools, after school programs and nonprofits.