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Community Invited to Name YMCA Community Garden

on February 2, 2014 - 7:01am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is starting a community garden on a plot of county land on North Mesa. This will be a not-for-profit, educational garden that will be open to the entire community. 

The Y is excited to be the steward of this plot of land, which will be an opportunity to bring the individuals, families, organizations, and businesses of the community together through the educational and enriching experience of gardening.  

This garden is currently in its very beginning development and planning stages.

Hoop-House Raising Celebrates Community Garden Funded by State Farm

on October 24, 2012 - 11:15am

From left, Pat Santoro, local State Farm Agent Lou Santoro, the State Farm Good Neigh Bear and local State Farm Office Manager Marcella Martinez hold a check for $96,250 to present to the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) in support of an educational and outreach community garden in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

A small “barn-raising” was held on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market, in conjunction with a national State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant award presentation.

Youth and adult volunteers were invited to

State Farm Awards $96,250 Grant to Local JJAB

on October 16, 2012 - 5:10pm


The National State Farm Youth Advisory Board awarded a $96,250 grant to the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) in support of an educational and outreach community garden.

JJAB has contracted with The Family YMCA to deliver the grant’s education and food-assistance objectives throughout the next year.

A small “barn-raising” is set for 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market, 95 Entrada Dr., in conjunction with the State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant award presentation.

Youth and adult volunteers are welcome to assist with the

Los Alamos Youth Food Project Plows Forward

on May 9, 2012 - 8:38am

A major milestone in the development of a community garden by the Los Alamos Youth Food Project has been accomplished. The garden's field at the Los Alamos Middle School has been leveled. Good fill dirt is being added. Leveling is a key step that is necessary before planter boxes can be built. To find out more about the Los Alamos Youth Food Project, check out our special Focus section.

A plow levels the Los Alamos Youth Food Project garden field at the Los Alamos Middle School. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Youth Food Project - Flash Mob Practice

on May 1, 2012 - 5:08pm

Watch as the Los Alamos Middle School Green Team practices an original song they plan to perform as a "flash mob."  When and where will the flash mob occur? So far it's a big surprise.

See the Los Alamos Daily Post "Focus - Los Alamos Youth Food Project" special section for more information on the Project and it's goals.

Pajarito Enviromental Education Center - Earth Day Video

on April 23, 2012 - 4:54pm

Video footage from PEEC's Earth Day 2012 Celebration. By Greg Kendall/

Cleanup at Los Alamos Middle School Garden Site

on April 19, 2012 - 5:34pm

On Thursday evening students, Victoria Young, Gabriela Vallejos and Jamie Justice picked up trash from around the site of the Los Alamos Middle School Community Garden. Photo by Greg Kendall/

The Los Alamos Youth Food Project's [LAYFP] key goal is to develop a community garden adjacent to the Los Alamos Middle School near the new Solar Array and KRSN AM 1490 antenna.

The garden will be available to K-12 LA Public School students, to community organizations and to individuals.

Other garden locations may be developed as well, including a greenhouse at the Los Alamos

Youth Co-op Conversation - Build Your Own Mini Greenhouse!

on April 12, 2012 - 12:38pm

(Free Series) 

Do you want to grow your own food?

Do you want to make your own mini greenhouse?

Come by the Co-op Tuesday, April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m and join the Los Alamos Youth Food Project (LAYFP), the JJAB and The Family YMCA by creating a miniature greenhouse. Kids of all ages can stop by the Co-op and learn about the LAYFP, sponsored by a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, and receive free supplies and instructions to get them going and growing. We can all help create a Healthy Community and Healthy Youth!

This is a FREE opportunity for members and non-members alike (no

School Board Adopts $5 Million Bond

on April 12, 2012 - 11:10am

LAHS student Holly Erickson, right, Northern New Mexico International Science and Engineering Fair Qualifier with alternate LAHS Freshman David Murphy, won an all expense paid trip for herself and her sponsor to the International Fair May 13-18 in Pittsburgh, PA. Erickson will compete against 1,500 students from across the globe for $2.5 million in prizes and awards. Photo by Art Brown

By Kirsten Laskey

The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education adopted a $5 million bond, the final installment of the school district’s $40 million designated bank qualified bonds for construction

Community Garden Takes Root

on March 15, 2012 - 5:57pm

By Kirsten Laskey

An idea was planted in a Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) classroom and through the efforts of community organizations such as the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), has sprouted into a full-fledged program – the Los Alamos Youth Food Project.

Photo: Sylvan Argo by Greg Kendall/

The program continued to germinate during Tuesday night’s Los Alamos Board of Education meeting as members unanimously approved a memorandum of agreement to provide a piece of land on the middle school grounds for the program’s community garden.

In the general conditions of

LA Youth Mobilizers - LA Youth Food Project Survey Report

on April 26, 2011 - 4:16pm


Attached by a link is the report of the survey given to all 7th and 8th graders @ LAMS after the November 2011 Pep Rally for the LA Youth Food Project. The survey and resulting report was created by the Los Alamos Youth Mobilizers (Myles Gurle, Daniel McCurdy, Sarah Park, Cydney Remelius) and was published in March 2012.  It is in Microsoft Word Document format. The Los Alamos Youth Mobilizers are sponsored by the Los Alamos Family YMCA and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.


What material and equipment donations are needed?

The project needs (any ideas, expertise, materials, etc to contribute) :

  • Bags of Leaves, mulch, fertilizer.
  • Long flexible PVC pipe to build "hoop" greenhouses. See a hoop house design HERE.
  • Plywood / lumber: 1x1, 1x4 and 1x8 etc. type planks to make the sides of planter bed frames.
  • Rototiller equipment to borrow.
  • Gardening tools: hand shovels, shovels, gloves, rakes, hoes, etc.
  • Rocks both big and small for lining planting areas.
  • Water rain barrels. A cistern. There currently is no source of water for the garden. This is one of the biggest issues.
  • Water filtration equipment.
  • Locations to store seeds

Who are the sponsors and collaborators of the LAYFP?

State Farm Insurance (Sue Hofmann and Lou Santoro) , Juvenile Justice Advisory Board [JJAB], The Family YMCA (Sylvan Argo - Adventure Programs Director), The Los Alamos Cooperative Market (Sandra West - Outreach Coordinator), Pajarito Environmental Education Center [PEEC], The Youth Mobilizers, Kiwanis (K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club), LA Middle School, LA High School, LA Public Schools, Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, Ecolutions LLC, Bernadette Lauritzen of Assets in Action, Greg Kendall of the Los Alamos Daily Post,  Private Donors and more.


What are some of the future plans of the LA Food Project?

Some of the future plans for the project include:

  • Finding a permanent solution for supplying water to the LAMS Community Garden [CG] site.
  • Grading and leveling the LAMS CG site.
  • Constructing planter boxes at the LAMS CG Site.
  • Constructing plant starter containers at the LAMS CG Site.
  • Constructing a fense around the LAMS CG site.
  • Making the LAMS CG ADA acccessable with a parking spot and paths.
  • Constructing a restroom on the LAMS CG site.
  • Constructing simple "hoop" greenhouse structures at LAMS CG and at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.
  • Constructing a greenhouse on the LAMS CG site.

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