A collaboration between the University of New Mexico's Research Service Learning Program, the Office of Sustainability, Sustainability Studies, University Studies and the Office of Community Health is offering "Lobo Gardens" this summer, a 3-credit course that will meet 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on June 16 and 30, and July 14 and 28, with flexible scheduling according to course projects.

Lobo Gardens is envisioned as a learning laboratory project that would be planned, managed, planted, and harvested to benefit organizations who provide food to the state's families in need. Used as an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional effort, Lobo Gardens will eventually involve numerous departments and schools on north and main UNM campus as well as other university partners. The garden may also serve as a learning site for younger school students (K-12) and an opportunity to participate in mentoring and pipeline experiences with university students.

The goal is for the Lobo Gardens to become a training ground and laboratory for the expansion of local food production in New Mexico.   

"To make this happen," said Dan Young, Director of the Research Service Learning Program, "we will be assembling a mobile garden installation vehicle--with funding provided by the Albuquerque Community Foundation--which will travel to potential garden sites to help community partners with the heavy initial working of putting in a new garden."

The course will involve the active collaboration of engaged students, UNM faculty, and community faculty. Some classes will be off-campus in area community gardens and farms. 

The course will be offered again in fall. 

For more information, contact Tema Milstein at 277-5305 or e-mail, tema@unm.edu.

Media contact: Mara Kerkez (505) 277-1989; marakez6@unm.edu