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Espanola Healing Foods Oasis - SWAAN Webinar

  • October 11, 2023
  • 8:00 AM
  • Zoom


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in partnership with the Arizona Community Tree Council presents:

Espanola Healing Foods Oasis WEBINAR

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

at 9:00am MDT/8:00am Arizona

Register here to receive the receive the Zoom invitation:


9:00 – 9:05 – Housekeeping (using Chat, continuing education credits, recording) – Bev Babb, ACTC

9:05 – 9:10 – Introduction by Steve Price, Utah Rep, SWAAN Executive Committee

9:10 – 10:10 (60 min) – Presentation by Kayleigh Warren, Tewa Women United

Presentation Description: This presentation will be an introduction and virtual walkthrough of the Espanola Healing Foods Oasis (EHFO), a 1.5-acre ethno-botanic public demonstration, research, and edible food garden in Espanola, New Mexico. Emerging from what was a weedy, erosive slope between the Espanola City Hall and Valdez Park, an adjoining city municipal park, the EHFO is a home to edible and medicinal plants of cultural and ecological significance. The garden, accessible to Española residents and surrounding tribal communities of the northern Rio Grande Valley, provides seasonal food, herbs, native plants, accessible pathways, and aesthetic beauty while harvesting precious rainwater. The EHFO engages grassroots, stakeholder-driven action towards hands-on learning of Tewa dryland farming, water harvesting and soil-building techniques as a means of learning about cultural, environmental, health and climate change issues related to water. Additionally, it serves as a demonstration site for the use of mycoremediation practices to restore soil health.

Biosketch: Kayleigh Warren is Tewa and Tiwa from the Pueblos of Santa Clara and Isleta. She was raised in the traditional Pueblo farming lifeway in Santa Clara Pueblo. From her land-based upbringing as well as through community and professional mentorship, she has focused on becoming an advocate for ancestral lands protection and the preservation of Pueblo land-based lifeways, especially farming and ethnobotanical traditions. She has worked in native plant preservation, monitoring and cultivating threatened and endangered plant species in western Oregon and southern New Mexico, and in supporting Indigenous food sovereignty initiatives in communities across the country. Kayleigh currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Environmental Justice Program of the northern New Mexico-based non-profit organization, Tewa Women United. Founded in 1989 in the Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico, Tewa Women United is a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women. The mission of Tewa Women United is to nurture and celebrate the collective power of beloved families, communities, and Nung Ochuu Quiyo (Mother Earth). To learn more about the organization and its work, please visit

10:10 – 10:25 (15 minutes) - Q&A with the presenters

10:25 – 10:30 (5 minutes) – Closeout by Chris Jones, Chair, SWAAN

10:30 – 11:00 (30 minutes) - SWAAN Business Meeting led by Chris Jones

Continuing education credits for program: The applications have been submitted.

  • X.X hours of Continuing Forestry Education credits (Cat. 1) by the Society of American Foresters (SAF – contact Andy Mason,
  • X.X hours of Continuing Education Units (Sustainability) by the America Society of Agronomy (ASA – contact Mick O’Neill,

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