Alibi V.16 No.16 • April 19-25, 2007 


Eating Weeds

Your backyard: It's what's for dinner!

A friend of mine likes to tell (and retell) the story of an early failed romance. Back in elementary school, the story goes, an eager suitor gathered a bouquet of dandelions in an attempt to woo her. The offering was met with scorn.

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Other Weeds You Might Enjoy

Thanks to Joran Viers, NMSU faculty adviser to the master gardener program in Bernalillo County, for providing information about several other delicious weeds. If you have any questions about this topic, feel free to contact him at jviers@nmsu.edu and 243-1386. Generally speaking, the younger the weed the better it will serve as food, and don't eat anything you haven't clearly identified. Also, remember to only eat weeds growing in soil that hasn't been nuked with pesticide.

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New Mexico Foodscapes owner Eric Garretson, an edible landscaper, peeks out of a lush grove of bamboo he planted in the backyard of one of his clients.
Tina Larkin


Edible Landscapes

Why your front yard is the next big thing in sustainable agriculture

Look up the word "vital" and you might see a picture of Eric Gattetson smiling right back at you. At 49 years, Eric has the energy of someone half his age. Eric is the director of the Albuquerque Downtown Growers' Market, a local agriculture advocate and a business owner. Three years ago, he merged a lifelong love of farming with his 10-year-old landscaping business. New Mexico Foodscapes was born.

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Feature: Schedule

Inherit the Earth

Some Earth Day events in Albuquerque and Santa Fe

Friday, April 20

Make wildflower seed balls, newspaper potting cups, noisemakers and scarecrows at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture off Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe from 1-4 p.m. Guided walking tours of the Avanyu Trail will be ongoing throughout the afternoon as well.

Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21

Help the Forest Guardians plant native trees from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, visit their website or call Carol Norton at (505) 988-9126 ext. 150.

Saturday, April 21-Sunday, April 22

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