Founded in 2005, Seeds of Wisdom, LLC, specializes in Urban Forestry Design and Stewardship.

From species selection to tree health, from conceptual design to green infrastructure, Seeds of Wisdom cares for trees in urban and semi-arid environments. Our projects aim to support urban ecosystems, make the most of stormwater, and create spaces for people to enjoy trees. Seeds of Wisdom continually adapts management strategies for urban trees, forests, and landscapes.

Athena Beshur, principal designer and owner, is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist and holds a Master of Natural Resources with graduate certificate emphasis in Urban Forestry.  She uses native and adaptable plants to add to the vibrancy of place-based design.  Her designs emphasize enhanced habitat and help create a sense of calmness and repose.

Public works include management of the Santa Fe River corridor between Sandoval and Guadalupe, Phase 1 of the Guadalupe Credit Union landscape at Academy and Airport Road, the Stations of the Cross Prayer Garden and Jardin de los Santos at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, and the Alameda Rain Garden at El Alamo and Cathedral Place.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and enjoys playing the clarinet.

Joel is a veteran in the Santa Fe landscape community, having worked in the local industry for over 25 years. Originally from a small ranch in Chihuahua, Mexico, he grew up tending horses, cattle, goats, chickens, and other livestock. Much of his youth was spent seasonally sowing fields and maintaining small and large vegetable gardens and also making produce to sell at the local markets. He is a family man and a hard worker. He has much experience guiding outdoor projects, and he values hard work and doing the best work possible in the first time around. Joel has a wealth of experience with tree and shrub installation, building green infrastructure, irrigation systems, general maintenance, coyote fencing and fountain work. He has much experience with machinery such as backhoes, skidsteers, grinders and chainsaws; he is also an adept stonemason.

As Foreman at Seeds of Wisdom, Joel is the backbone in the field of many of our projects. He guides and oversees the practical implementation of the work that we do, ensuring that it is done in a way that is not only functional and effective, but also lasting. He often plays active roles in troubleshooting and constructing irrigation and sprinkler systems, and he oversees larger installations that include sustainable green infrastructure and rock work. He ensures that projects are streamlined, and that the work being done is carried out in an orderly and systematic way such that it will be done well.

He is also an accomplished tree pruner, and is at the forefront of tree trimming projects. As Arborist Assistant at Seeds of Wisdom, Joel focuses on maintaining and promoting tree health in diverse landscapes. His efforts often include the removal of dead, obstructive, or intersecting limbs; the therapeutic treatment of diseased and infected trees; or the careful removal of dead or unhealthy trees altogether to support nearby plant life. In concert with the Seeds of Wisdom ethos, Joel applies an ecological approach toward tree health, taking into account the surrounding context within which a given tree, or cluster of trees, thrives. This often involves a careful consideration and evaluation of local plant, insect, and animal habitats, as well as a concern for proximal manmade structures such as houses, fences and walkways. He also routinely constructs green infrastructure technologies for trees.

Construction Specialist

With many years of experience, Dago is adept at working with a variety of materials, including flagstone, concrete, cement, gabion, irrigation piping, stucco, and plastering.  He also has extensive experience with tree planting and pruning, and is dedicated to doing high-quality work on projects of all sizes, whether they involve safely operating specialized equipment such as a mini-excavator or chipping flagstone with hand tools.  Throughout the hard work that goes into bringing a project to realization, Dago keeps the team in good spirits.

Dago is from Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico, which is a beautiful part of the country, and is home to the largest agricultural community and granary in Chihuahua.

From installation to maintenance to troubleshooting, Crisanto’s expertise spans all aspects of irrigation systems.  He works hard and is meticulous in his approach to each project, documenting materials, dimensions, and other information.  He also has experience with pruning trees and planting, and enjoys working on a variety of projects.

Crisanto is from Durango, Mexico, which is a beautiful place with lots of agriculture, cows, horses, and hot springs, as well as lively festivals.  When he has free time, Crisanto enjoys listening to music, playing soccer with his kids, and dancing.

Emily works on design and supports office coordination.  From initial hand-drawn sketches of concepts through design development and documentation using the BIM software Vectorworks, she assists with projects across several stages of design.

During her Master’s in Architecture, Emily researched the connections between design, materials, human health, and the environment.  Her background, which also includes studying East Asian languages, history, and literature during her undergraduate degree, helps bring a broader cultural understanding to projects.  She enjoys getting to learn more about the landscapes of the American Southwest through working at Seeds of Wisdom, and in her spare time studies languages and tries to learn new musical instruments.

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Klara holds a Master’s degree in Education from Juhasz Gyula Faculty of Education at the University of Szeged, Hungary, and was a teacher until moving to the USA.  She had to reinvent her path in the States, and drew inspiration from the rich agricultural traditions of her native land of central Hungary.  Her ancestors have a long history of farming, wine-making and forestry, which inspired her to take on the challenge of farming in her family’s small scale organic gardens in Northern New Mexico.  Her produce was enjoyed locally at farmers’ markets in Taos and Los Alamos, and at the co-op in Española.  She loves nurturing plants, people and animals.  She is a quilter, baker and home-maker.

Lead Steward, Soil Specialist

Matt holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science with an emphasis on Sustainable Technologies from Santa Fe Community College. He is currently working toward a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from Northern New Mexico College. He has multiple environmental honors and certifications, having received two certifications as Compost Facility Operator, granted by both the Environmental Protection Division and by the New Mexico Recycling Coalition. He has received leadership certifications from SFCC, has acted in leadership positions as a Student Ambassador, and has also completed a year-long apprenticeship in traditional acequia farming and modern market gardening practices through the New Mexico Acequia Association’s Farmer Training Program. He is an Honors Scholar for Phi Theta Kappa with an emphasis on Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration. Matt is originally from Chimayo, NM, where he currently resides and operates a farm, experimenting with sustainable vegetable and greenhouse gardening, and with water harvesting and soil enhancing techniques.

As Lead Steward at Seeds of Wisdom, Matt is a multitasker. He focuses on the many features of the ecosystems where we work, with an emphasis on soil composition, while at the same time also handling many everyday details of our projects. His main task involves enhancing soil health through the application of revitalizing nutrients and minerals that promote plant life and contribute to local ecosystems. This includes the application of microbes, fungi, iron, compost, or holistic fertilizer to bolster the soil, but it can also include the application of soil treatments such that it performs better in its water retention or its ability to channel water to or from a source. He often constructs and/or maintains compost stations in gardens, and he instructs and advises clients on how to do so effectively. He regularly applies nutrients to particular plants, whether they be new plantings or existing plants in need of help. He builds sustainable green infrastructure for soil mitigation, erosion control, and water retention. He works closely with the team in order to monitor, diagnose, and treat plant health both above and below ground level.

With 25 years of experience working with irrigation systems in Santa Fe, Patricio is a methodical problem-solver who finds economical solutions to irrigation issues.  He is skilled in installing, maintaining, and repairing a wide array of water systems, from rain gutters and water hydrants to valve boxes and backflow devices.  Patricio is a hard worker, and he works on all technical aspects after plumbing work is completed.  He also has extensive experience with flagstone and block masonry projects, residential construction, and interior finish work.  Patricio believes it’s good to always be learning new skills, and applies his collaborative, safety-minded approach to every project.

Patricio has lived in Santa Fe since elementary school, and in his free time, he enjoys grilling, bicycling, singing karaoke with friends, and visiting his family in Mexico — especially riding horses with his grandson.

Marta holds a PhD in Horticulture with a focus on Crop and Horticultural Sciences from the Budapest Corvinus University and has served for many years on the Faculty of Horticultural Science at the Szent Istvan University in Budapest, where she teaches semester-long courses in Horticulture and tree care each year. She is a certified Master Gardener, and is a member of the Santa Fe Extension Master Gardeners. She specializes particularly in the care of fruit trees and native shrubs.

As Horticulturalist for Seeds of Wisdom, Marta performs a wide range of specialized and detailed tasks regarding plant selection, identification and care. Not only does she assist with selection of plant species for our design team, she also performs detailed research into the plant species we encounter in the field, which helps us to better nurture and care for our plants in any number of ways. She, in addition, oversees container garden floral designs and plantings, while also advising in key decisions regarding tree and shrub pruning efforts. She identifies and facilitates disease (pest, pathogen or abiotic disorders) of plants, and oversees the care of distressed plants in the effort to facilitate a return-to-health, recovery or therapy-based approach to distressed plants. She attends to garden spaces in private residences with a view to promoting an overall healthy and thriving ecosystem, even at one’s home.