Meet the DOT Garden Team!

The DOT Garden team organizes programming in the garden and works with Albuquerque Academy faculty and staff, as well as our many partners and supporters to share the garden with our community.


KarenBeamishKaren Temple-Beamish

M.S. Environmental Science | B.S. Biology
2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching | 2014 EECapacity Community Climate Change Fellow | 2015 NOAA Climate Steward

Karen has taught and mentored students at Albuquerque Academy for 19 years. As her mastery for teaching environmental science has grown and matured, she has been recognized as a leader in her field. Karen hopes to share with the global community her experiences teaching students how to be agents of change. Karen also directs the campus Sustainability Program at Albuquerque Academy, focusing on diverse projects such as campus-wide food waste composting and materials recycling, xeriscape gardens, water conservation, and sustainable food education programs. Karen’s hope for the future lies in the super smart kids that she teaches. She finds solace from the crazy-scary environmental destruction by walking in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains and digging in the dirt of the gardens that she grows.

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TianaTiana Baca

Garden Manager
M.S. Geography + Environmental Studies
Permaculture Design Certificate

Driven by a passion for plants and a love for the Southwest, Tiana has worked on several agricultural projects across New Mexico, exploring the potential of growing food in arid landscapes. She has a keen interest in native, traditional, and medicinal plants of the Southwest. Tiana’s farming experience began on a four acre, diversified Organic farm, specializing in market gardening and restaurant sales. From there, she managed an education-based farm at Cottonwood Gulch, where she also explored a field-to-kitchen approach. These experiences, along with her continued permaculture education, solidified her passion for community education and development. The DOT Gardens provide a unique space for her to explore regenerative agricultural techniques while engaging the larger community in experiential and place-based education opportunities.

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Karen Bentrup

Technical Advisor for Development and Farming Practices
As an avid food grower, contemplative practices student, and longtime educator, Karen brings a wide-angle perspective that envisions a healthy, peaceful, and equitable world for all beings. The DOT Gardens weave together the lifestreams that Karen is passionate about – resilience, sustainability, social justice, food security, and the wonderment and beauty of our shared earth. Karen’s agricultural expertise includes large-scale grain crops; no-till row crop farming systems; urban community gardening; farm-scale fruit and vegetable production; community-supported agriculture and grower’s market sales; fruit tree nursery oversight; greenhouse management; vermicompost systems; bee keeping; poultry flock care and egg production; and, of course, sharing food with friends!
“The sun is my heart outside of me.“ Thich Nhat Hanh


Tanya Hebert

Sustainability Intern