Growing your own produce can cut down on grocery-store mishaps such as knocking over canned-item displays or accidentally bagging yourself. Circumvent grocery-aisle trials with today's Groupon: for $17, you get one ticket to the Home Grown New Mexico and Edible Santa Fe Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour on Sunday, July 24 (a $35 value). Kids younger than 12 get free admission to the tour.
The Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour, organized by Edible Santa Fe and Home Grown New Mexico, spotlights chicken coops, produce gardens, and other self-hewn food-raising solutions constructed by six green-thumbed area homeowners. Sondra Goodwin smashed through asphalt, concrete, and astroturf to free up a half-acre space for her garden of unusual varietals, including water spinach, japanese mugwort, and a dancer melon that looks like a greenish Rick Moranis. The hydrophilic Baker family uses water-conserving contraptions to irrigate their densely fertile lot, and the scrupulously maintained fruit trees and vegetable beds of Home Grown New Mexico board member Don Emery enmesh onlookers in an aesthetic maze of landscaping intricacy.
Participants can pick up an all-entry bracelet at any of the six homes on the day of the tour to roam freely from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each homeowner will be on site and ready to answer inquiries about germinating plants, keeping chickens, and how to make watercress grow faster by singing it the Green Acres theme.