Mission Statement

The Alley Gardens project is a multidimensional group that is working to introduce green space, and to manifest sustainable solutions within the greater Albuquerque area. The Alley Gardens team’s specific goal is to install community gardens throughout the city’s alleys using the most environmentally conscious methods possible. We have a multitude of other objectives that we would like to address through the installation and maintenance of community gardens:

  • sustainable living education
  • year round organic gardening
  • localization of food sources
  • creation of new public space
  • community development
  • city beautification.

Why we’re doing it

The Alley Gardens team seeks to reintroduce Albuquerque’s community to the possibilities inherent in our city. Community gardens increase the quality of life in an urban setting by providing residents with the opportunity to become involved and invested in the greater community and the landscape of which they are a part. The investment in the land also increases environmental awareness, and can reduce the sense of disconnect and indifference often experienced in an urban setting. Finally, the Alley Gardens team understands that community gardens are not simply about city beautification but also citizen involvement and empowerment.

Who we are

The Alley Gardens team is a collaboration of University of New Mexico students and residents of Albuquerque. The collective experience of our five founding members is diverse and manifold. Several of our team members have been working on research in urban planning initiatives; another specializes in water and environmental issues. One has been farming for the last several years, and has completed research on various communities throughout the country. Together we have education and experience with herbalism, organic gardening, irrigation techniques, resource management, soil science, landscape design, architectural design, effective volunteerism, and organizational management. Our team’s experience is broadened by contact with city officials, faculty at UNM, local non-profits, community members, and local farmers and engineers who provide feedback and various levels of support.