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NMSU professor, two Las Cruces schools to plant community gardens

An associate professor in New Mexico State University’s College of Education is teaming up with two Las Cruces schools to plant school-community gardens.

Photo of students working on a garden
Students work on a school-community garden last year at Conlee Elementary School. NMSU College of Education professor Azadeh Osanloo is coordinating school-community gardens at Booker T. Washington Elementary and Las Cruces Catholic School this month and is looking for volunteers. (Courtesy photo)

Azadeh Osanloo is the Stan Fulton Chair for the Improvement of Border and Rural Schools and an associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Administration. The Stan Fulton Chair was established in 2005 to enhance communication among NMSU faculty, staff and students and pre-kindergarten through 12th grade constituents to improve border and rural schools. The chair works to expand, improve and coordinate existing outreach programs and research activities.

The chair is funded in part by an endowed gift from Stan Fulton, a benefactor to the university and owner of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino

Students and staff at Booker T. Washington Elementary School and Las Cruces Catholic School will be planting their school-community gardens from 9 a.m. to noon April 23. Last year, Osanloo spearheaded similar gardens at three other schools in the Las Cruces Public Schools district. Participating students used science, technology, engineering and math skills to plan the gardens.

“Quite frankly, I have never met two more dedicated, impactful and thoughtful administrators in Principal Mari Rincon (at Booker T. Washington Elementary) and Principal Connie Limon (at Las Cruces Catholic School),” Osanloo said.

Osanloo is looking for community volunteers to help students plant the gardens. Volunteers can show up at either school and get their hands dirty while helping students learn.

For more information, contact Osanloo at azadeh@nmsu.edu