Conference Topic – Desert Lessons: Water Wise Growing for Home Gardeners

While desert growing can leave you and your garden feeling parched, there are lots of simple techniques to save water and help your garden flourish. We’ll discuss the water saving potential of healthy soil, irrigation techniques for arid landscapes, and heat hearty vegetables you can grow.


Driven by a passion for plants and a love for the Southwest, Tiana has worked on several agricultural projects across New Mexico, exploring the potential for growing food in arid landscapes. Along with her work as a seed steward, she has a keen interest in native, traditional, and medicinal plants of the Southwest. Tiana’s farming experience began on a four acre, diversified Organic farm, specializing in market gardening and restaurant sales. Since then, she’s managed two education-based farms and explored a field-to-kitchen approach. These experiences, along with her continued permaculture education, have solidified her passion for community education and development.

Tiana Baca – Curriculum Vitae


Master of Science, Geography and Environmental Studies University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM Concentration in Environmental Management. Thesis Distinctions Summer 2014

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM Concentration in Ethnology
Minor in Geography. Summa Cum Laude Summer 2011
Permaculture Design Certificate Permaculture Institute, Santa Fe, NM. Spring 2012

Seed School Teacher Training
Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, Denver, CO. Fall 2017


UNM Foodshed Graduate Fellowship
Funded through the USDA Hispanic Serving Institutions Grant. Aug 2012-May 2014


Holistic Management International: Open Gate at Speakeasy Gardens Sustainable Community Engagement Panel November 2017

National Young Farmers Coalition Convergence Leadership & Farming in New Mexico Panel. November 2017

Bernalillo County Backyard Farming Series Traditional Uses of Plants. September 2017

Sandoval Master Gardeners Urban Horticulture Series Creating Resilient Garden Systems II. May 2017

Land & Water Summit
Lesson Learned from the Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens . February 2017

Association of American Geographers Annual Conference Connecting People and Place: Farmers, Resilience, and the Future of Smallholder Farms in Albuquerque. April 2014

Beyond Pesticides Forum: Sustainable Families, Farms, and Food Foodshed Movement and the New Agrarians. April 2013

Burque Bioneers Conference
UNM Foodshed Fieldschool – Showcase of Local Hero Short Films. October 2011