The Fechin Food Forest
On Saturday, April 29, it’s all about the outdoors as we partner with Lettuce Grow Farms and Educational Center to launch the FECHIN FOOD FOREST to inspire and engage the public in learning about permaculture in small gardens, and the cultivation of healthy, free food.
The FECHIN FOOD FOREST combines Nicolai and Alexandra Fechin’s history of surviving the Russian Revolution by growing their own food, with Taos’s traditions of agriculture and creativity.
Scheduled to coincide with the public opening of the Museum’s special exhibition of artwork by that supreme outdoorsman, W. Herbert “Buck” Dunton, the Fechin Food Forest event will offer free garden-oriented activities for children, interpretive materials about permaculture, and plant “guilds.”
With minimal changes to the existing garden, the Fechin Food Forest project will produce fruits, vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs, flowers, and fungi. It will also attract bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators, illuminating the essential and delicate interactions of plants and animals. Visitors and school groups will learn how to help rebuild our ecosystem, address climate change, and increase free and equal access to fresh food in a public setting.
Throughout the spring and summer the public is invited participate in the Fechin Food Forest in four different ways.
First: ON REGULAR MUSEUM DAYS
During regular museum hours garden is open to the public for free, and will feature interpretive signs and handouts that encourage observation and discussion of what a “food forest” is, how it works, and what it can become—also free harvesting of any vegetable or fruit growing at the time.
Second: ON SUNDAYS
During Sunday Coffee Cart hours (10 AM – 1 PM), starting May 7, free age-appropriate, creative activities will introduce young children to the garden and natural materials, along with all the other Museum’s free “Funday” activities.
Third: MAY 20-JULY 8
From May 20 - July 8, a Saturday Junior Master Gardeners Program for children in grades 3 – 5 will teach horticulture and environmental science through fun and creative activities. Modeled after the national Master Gardening Program this series enables participants to work toward certification as a Junior Master Gardener.
Volunteers are more than welcome to join us and bring the project alive. Activities will range from hospitality to education and from planning and planting to helping with activities for children.
For more information about the Fechin Food Forest, the Junior Master Gardner Program, or volunteer opportunities, please call Fechin Food Forest Project Manager Julie Shedko at (575) 758-2690, ext 103 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Fechin Food Forest will engage people of all ages in the art of sustainable food culture—oh, and parking is free!
Public Launch: Saturday, April 29 1-3 PM, FREE
Weekly Demonstrations and Activities: Sundays 10 AM-1 PM (Except 8/27), FREE
Museum Hours, May-October: Tuesday - Sunday 10 AM-5 PM
Junior Master Gardner Program Dates: May 20 - July 8
Location: 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos NM 87571, FREE parking