About The Gardens

VCG builds community as we grow!

Valencia Community Gardens provides education and hands-on learning for growing food in the community. VCG plots provide tilled space, water, compost and help for anyone interested in learning to grow their own food without pesticides/chemical fertilizers. Individuals are encouraged to plant and harvest with other members in communal plots. We build community as we grow food together. We provide educational workshops on composting, amending soil, ways of conserving water, companion planting, managing pests organically, making ollas (clay pots that can be buried next to plants and filled with water that will seep directly to roots), canning harvest and much more. Valencia Community Gardens is working with seniors, teens participating in Summer of Service program in Belen, local Boy Scouts and any others in the community who wish to participate. Those who plant together will share harvest, then donate excess to local food banks and meals on wheels programs. Our dream is to help start community gardens in various locations in Valencia County in order to give more neighborhoods the chance to work together to grow food and build community.

Hours of Operation

All visitors are welcome. The working hours for the gardens are Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Membership is available year-round. Forms are available upon request at the gardens. Annual membership dues are $25 (for individuals or families). The Valencia Community Gardens is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and donations are always welcome.


Our gardens are located off of State Highway 47, just south of the Tome Post Office. If you are traveling south from Los Lunas, you will proceed south past the Tome Post Office for 0.4 mi to Church Loop Rd. Turn right on Church Loop Rd. and proceed for 0.1 mi to the intersection. Take a left on Silva Road and you will see the Valencia Community Gardens on your left. If you are approaching the gardens from Belen, take State Highway 47 north toward the UNM Valencia Campus. You will proceed on State Highway 47 north for approximately 6.2 mi and turn left on Silva Road at the Tome Gallery (on your right will be the turnoff for UNM Valencia). The gardens will be on your right on Silva Rd.

Board Members elected Fall 2023

Joyce Johns, President

Ingrid Baker, Treasurer

Claudia Gale, Secretary

Deb Christensen, Past President and now onsite garden manager

Patricia Clemons

Ron Goens

Fran Miller

Geri Rhodes