Community Health

Funders Alliance 

Community Grants

Program Curriculum

Soil: What is soil? How is it made?

  • Soil microbiology, life in the soil (Sam Knowlton, Soil Symbiotics, Santa Fe, NM)

- Draw representations of soil micro-organism

  • Types of soil, how to prepare your soil for planting

  • Fertilization and soil amendment

- Types of fertilizer and applications for specific plant needs

Song and Dance Exercise Routine: “Compost Party“ (https://soundcloud.com/allaboardearth/compost-party)

This Song describes the main concepts of decomposition, descriptions of the FBI (Fungi, Bacteria, and Invertebrates) and the steps involved composting at home)

  • Dance Video: Make your own dance video to the song, share how your dance expresses your relationship with soil, the world of life in the soil and the cycle of decomposition

  • Demonstration: how to make a compost system

  • Tumbler System

  • Thermal System

  • Vermicomposting

Food: Where does your food come from? How is it grown? How is it prepared?

  • On food, sourcing for sustainability and health (Ibrahim Loeks, Mother Nature Center)

    • Bioneers "Dreaming New Mexico" Food Shed Map​

  • Kitchen Activity: for 10 different food items, write down the places where they were produced

  • Collect 10 different kinds of seeds used to cook with, draw each seed, detailing unique texture and color

  • How to start and care for seedlings

    • How to make a Newspaper planting pot

    • How to fill a planting tray with soil

Starting Seedlings; growing micro-greens at home

  • Scalable gardens: 5 gallon bucket, straw bale, in ground and/or raised bed construction

Song and Dance Exercise Routine: “Gangsta Gardening“ (https://soundcloud.com/allaboardearth/gangster-gardening-hood)

  • This song highlights aspects of community gardening, traditions around food preparation and philosophies of ecological stewardship

  • Dance Video: Make your own dance video to the song, share how your dance expresses your relationship with gardening

- Food Prep 101: simple and nutritious meals (Faith Suzio, Vegan Santa Fe) [parental supervision required]

- Salads, Vegetable Stir-Fry, Baked Vegetables

- Make Your Own Fruit Creature! – Fruit pieces as body parts

Song and Dance Exercise Routine: “Feel Good Food“ (https://soundcloud.com/allaboardearth/feel-good-food)

- This song describes many different kinds of fruits and vegetables, methods of food preparation and the celebration of sharing food.

- Dance Video: Make your own dance video to the song, share how your dance expresses your relationship with food and cooking

The Mother Nature Center

A Non-Profit Community Seed Bank and Nursery

Serving Northern New Mexico

This is our newly built hoop house which will shelter the 600+ seedlings we have started indoors. Our seed bank has ~1/4 Million Seeds!

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