The Railyard Stewards
Our Free Community Gardening Workshop Series Is Currently Underway!
Join us in the Railyard Park Community Room behind SITE Santa Fe on Saturdays mornings throughout April, May, and June for workshops on a variety of garden-related topics. In April, we have professional horticulturist Linda Churchill leading rose pruning, farmer Abby Ferla teaching seed starting, and Bob Wood of the City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Department instructing home water audits and conservation.
Coming in May – Tree Planting, Drip Irrigation Systems and Design, and Pollinator Hotels all led by community experts.
For more information, visit our workshops page here.
OUR MISSION: To provide community stewardship and advocacy for the care and programming of the Railyard Park and Plaza.
OUR VISION: To build a vibrant, beautiful, popular and safe community gathering place representing the history, values and aspirations of the people of Santa Fe.
OUR RESPONSIBILITY: To ensure that the Railyard Park and Plaza are maintained in perpetuity “as a park, open space, community gathering place, Rail Line corridor, trail corridor and plaza area,” as designated in the Railyard Master Plan.
Who Are the Stewards?
The Railyard Stewards is a local organization working in partnership with the City of Santa Fe in a unique care, conservation and education effort to encourage residents to actively participate in our newest and largest city park and adjacent community plaza. The Stewards was originally a program under the nonprofit Trust for Public Land. The Railyard Stewards serve as the community ‘friends of’ group of the Railyard Park + Plaza in Santa Fe.
The Railyard Stewards is modeled after such successful stewardship groups as New York’s Central Park Conservancy. The Stewards support the City of Santa Fe’s regular park maintenance by providing specialized care of the park’s ornamental gardens; coordinating extensive community outreach programs; and maintaining ongoing oversight of the park’s horticultural programs and design.
The Stewards rely on community volunteers to fulfill the following goals:
Care for the Land: To advocate and provide resources for the maintenance and enhancement of the Railyard Park and Plaza landscape according to the highest standards of excellence.
Focus on the Visitor: To develop event and educational programming that provides opportunities for diverse visitor experiences that encourage repeat, year-round visitation.
Foster Community Ownership and Partnership: To build a network of volunteers who advocate for and work to sustain the Railyard Park and Plaza in perpetuity
Fund the Future: To raise sufficient funds to support the ongoing care and enhancement of the Railyard Park and Plaza