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Jim O'Donnell

Taos Land Trust will host fall cleanup and permaculture events at Rio Fernando Park this fall.

It has been a truly incredible summer at Rio Fernando Park. Amidst all of the challenges we've encountered this year, we did some amazing things with your support:

For the second year in a row, our cooperation with the students at Vista Grande High School has resulted in an impressive haul of fresh vegetables grown for our community.Our Youth Conservation Corps members made impressive progress on invasive species control, restoration work, gardening, composting, and the construction of our new outdoor produce washing and packing station and outdoor learning center.We delivered another 60 garden planter boxes and developed videos and materials to support box recipients as they get going on their gardens.We continued our cooperation with Taos High School and the University of New Mexico Taos branch on natural resource management education. We improved our groundwater monitoring system and began developing systems and protocols for our long-term ecological monitoring program.So much has happened this summer, and we'd love for you to see our efforts. This fall, we want to offer you the opportunity to see our progress at Rio Fernando Park and to help us prepare for 2022.

Rio Fernando Park Clean-Up

Sept. 18

Volunteer to help clean up Taos Land Trust's Rio Fernando Park on September 18th, 2021. We will be preparing garden beds for the fall and generally cleaning up the property and walking path. We will be distancing during the outdoor cleanup, but we encourage you to be vaccinated. Masks are required. Sign up at taoslandtrust.org.

Meet at Rio Fernando Park, located at 410 La Posta Rd, also accessible through Fred Baca Park, at 9 a.m. on Saturday (Sept. 18). We will work until 12 p.m., and boxed lunch will be provided.

Food Forest (Permaculture) Workshop

Sept. 19

The Taos Land Trust will host a free Food Forest Workshop, Sunday (Sept. 19) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rio Fernando Park in Taos, New Mexico. Limited to 25 people. Our workshop will give you hands-on experience in food forest creation by helping us create our very own food forest at Rio Fernando Park. Lunch will be provided.

Twice Weekly Park Tours

Sept. 21-Oct. 14

We will be offering guided walking tours of Rio Fernando Park from Sept. 21 to October 14, on each Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday tours will be at 11 a.m., and Thursday tours at 5:30 p.m. Select your preferred day and time below, and meet us at 410 La Posta Rd with your mask on. Each tour is limited to 10 people. If you would like to schedule a tour at a day or time other than those available, please enter your preferred day/time in the "Other" category on our website.

We will also host a clean-up day for the Vigil y Romo Acequia in later October - stay tuned for more info.

Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, we have to cancel our annual Fall Harvest Week and Matanza. We take the COVID pandemic seriously. The health and well-being of our community is our priority. Like all of you, we hope next year will bring brighter days and a return to gatherings at Rio Fernando Park.

In the meantime, join us outdoors.

Kristina Ortez is the executive director of Taos Land Trust is a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives from the 42nd district. This article has been reprinted with permission from Taos Land Trust. More information can be found at taoslandtrust.org.

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