March 20, 2017
Spring is here, and that means we’re entering seasons of growth—specifically our Seasons of Growth Learning Series here at the
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center! Through this brand-new program, anyone and everyone can come experience Pueblo agricultural practices firsthand on the second Sunday of each month by digging into our Resilience Garden, working the soil, planting seeds, and cultivating crops.
For years the garden just north of the museum has allowed visitors to take a self-guided tour, immersing themselves in the sights, smells, and textures of traditional farming in person. Now, for the first time, these classes will offer visitors the chance to actually get their hands dirty and learn through their own experiences.
Seasons of Growth officially kicked off on March 12, when some twenty-five participants from infants to retirees came together to get to know each other and the land. The discussion was led by our Cultural Education Specialist, Bettina Sandoval of Taos Pueblo, but everyone was welcome to jump in, asking and answering each other’s questions on subjects ranging from ancient techniques to the details of ongoing seed swaps.
And before long students and teachers alike were at work in the soil beds, uprooting weeds and spreading mulch in preparation for the first round of indigenous seeds. All the while, the sun climbed into a brilliant blue sky above the Sandia Mountains to the east, setting our Sun Dagger sculpture aglow and casting a great spiral shadow across the garden’s unplanted dirt.
The Seasons of Growth series will focus on a different aspect of traditional agriculture in each class. On April 9, we’ll continue the Resilience Garden’s development by hand-forming the “waffle” structure that Pueblo farmers have used for centuries to concentrate limited rainfall around crops’ roots. Planting will begin with beans, corn, zucchini, and watermelon seedlings, as well as radish, carrot, and spinach seeds.
We hope you’ll join us in the months ahead as spring bursts into full bloom and the weather continues to warm! Learn more about Seasons of Growth with the links below, then get in touch with Bettina at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot in the class or classes of your choice.
We plant tiny seeds now, knowing that over time they’ll grow into great benefits that we can reap for the whole community. Show your support for educational programs like these by planting your own seed: donate to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center today.