What We Do

 
The Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens provides a place for our community to join together to learn, laugh, and relax. We work according to the principles of stewardship and resilience. We must thrive with our limited resources and care for the land so that it can continue to support us in the face of drought and other climate uncertainty. The Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens draws inspiration from the natural high desert landscape as well as the agricultural traditions of the regional Pueblo, Hopi, and Navajo peoples; the Spanish, Moorish, and Jewish families that settled here; and other arid farmers around the world. The garden is a space for sharing those histories as well as hopes for the future through storytelling, visual arts, and performance.

Mission

The Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens inspire action today and plant seeds of hope for tomorrow by cultivating resilience to climate uncertainty through teaching ecological restoration and food production gardening; implementing and evaluating desert-adapted agriculture; unifying the power of innovative technologies with the strength of New Mexico’s diverse cultural heritage; and demonstrating respect and reverence for nature and humanity.

Core Values

  • Regenerative agriculture
  • Permaculture ethics and design principles
  • Respect for traditional knowledge
  • Building resilience for individuals, groups, and systems
  • Accessible education
  • Diversity
  • Sense of hope, optimism, and a positive future for all

As a project of Albuquerque Academy, we’re committed to supporting the broader mission of the school. Visit the Albuquerque Academy website to learn more about our pledge to education, community service, and life-long learning.