Food forest, gardening class at Fechin

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Taos Art Museum at Fechin House is teaming up with gardeners to offer outdoor educational programs for children and adults this summer.

On Sundays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., visitors can tour the "Fechin Food Forest." The museum, in partnership with Lettuce Grow Farms and Educational Center, has created a garden to engage the public in learning about permaculture in small gardens and the cultivation of healthy, free food.

The Fechin Food Forest combines Nicolai and Alexandra Fechin's history of surviving the Russian Revolution by growing their own food with Taos' traditions of agriculture and creativity. With minimal changes to the existing garden, the Fechin Food Forest project will produce fruits, vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs, flowers and fungi. It will also attract bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators. Visitors and school groups will learn how to help rebuild the ecosystem, address climate change and increase free and equal access to fresh food in a public setting.

In addition, Fechin will offer a Junior Master Gardeners class from May 20-July 8 for children in third through fifth grades. Youth can work toward certification as master gardeners.

For more information about the Fechin Food Forest, the Junior Master Gardener program or volunteer opportunities, call Julie Shedko, the Fechin Food Forest project manager, at (575) 758-2690, ext. 103 or email her at museum@taosartmuseum.org. Parking is free.

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