The handbook features information and lessons on planning a garden, soil preparation, water, seeds, plants, insects, harvesting, winter production and food systems. Interspersed in the lessons are stories by the Advisory Council about farming in New Mexico, including using the acequia system, chile harvesting, and the tradition of San Ysidro Day. Photographs of familiar New Mexico landmarks and hand drawings by local New Mexico artists add to the charm of the handbook.
Building a Community Garden: A Collaboration of New Mexico Farmers and Educators” was published by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) of New Mexico in February 2010 as a handbook for school teachers and community groups to teach gardening skills. The AFSC convened a nine person Advisory Council made up of local farmers and teachers to create lesson plans that can enhance the classroom curriculum to meet state standards for middle schools and also can be used with community groups who are creating gardens.