4th Annual Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour-Sunday, July 27 from 9 am – 2 pm

FINALWEB 2014 HGNM KItchen Garden Tour

IT’S HERE! The print version of the 2014 Kitchen Garden Tour addresses and map

Just print it out and come out for the tour. Read on for more info on how to purchase tickets and the homes on the tour!

Our 4th Annual Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour is on Sunday, July 27  from 9 am – 2 pm.  Come get inspired for your own gardens! See five of Santa Fe’s most inspirational gardens.  Pick up ideas that you can use at your place or just enjoy these beautiful edible and functional landscapes.

‘The 5 properties on the tour this year will feature many gardening ideas—beautiful vegetable gardens, backyard chicken coops, beehives, composting, greywater systems, hoophouses, a neighborhood community farm, permaculture sites, edible landscapes and rainwater harvesting systems.’
Excerpts from: Edible Magazine, our premiere sponsor

 Tickets are $25 this year and children under 12 are free.

*Tickets can be purchased 2 ways:
1-Pre-purchase tickets online here.
2-Purchase on day of tour at homes. Cash or checks accepted at each house and credit cards accepted at house #1 only.

HERE ARE THE ADDRESSES FOR THE 5 SPECIAL PROPERTIES ON THE TOUR:

1. Linda and Jim Archibald- 1105 Caminito Alegre
This Casa Solana home features chicken coops, fruit trees, large raised vegetable gardens, perennial and annual flowerbeds.

2. Jesus and Charlotte Rivera – 405 Salazar Place
Tune-Up Café’s owners, Jesus and Charlotte Rivera’s home features raised vegetable gardens, fruit trees, herbs and greywater systems. Charlotte’s goal is to use greywater only for watering all her gardens.

3. Reese Baker – 2053 Camino Lado
The RainCatcher’s owner, Reese Baker’s home incorporates many Permaculture designs. His mature gardens will amaze and inspire all. His edible landscaping includes fruit trees, berries, edible bushes and vegetables. He has chickens, a fishpond and passive water harvesting systems including Zuni bowls, rainwater catchment and greywater systems that channel water to the fruit trees and pond. This site is a great example of what can be done on a small city lot!

4. Poki Pottin/Gaia Gardens – 2255 Paseo de los Chamisos
Poki who started Gaia gardens is known from the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market where he sells his vegetables. This is a phenomenal property that is a neighborhood community farm based on biodynamic principles. The farm features many vegetable gardens, chickens, composting systems, hoophouses and even has ducks! Poki will have lots of  plant starts for sale if you still need some.

5. Jeremiah Kidd – 29 Hidden Valley Road
San Isidro Permaculture’s owner, property in the foothills of the Sangre De Cristos showcases permaculture designs in keeping with our arid high desert. His property features edible landscaping, erosion control installations, grey and blackwater systems, rainwater catchment and a hoophouse. His edible landscaping includes berries, grapes, fruit and nut trees and many other exotic edible plants.

Master Gardeners and the homeowners will be present to answer questions at each site. Don’t miss this exciting Kitchen Garden & Coop tour in Santa Fe this year!

Other contributing sponsors for the tour are: Joes’ Diner, Osuna Nursery and Whole Foods

 

July is an exciting month for Home Grown New Mexico and why you should become a member NOW!

July is an exciting month for Home Grown New Mexico. We have 4 things happening this month that you should be interested in! All of them fantastic! We are also encouraging all of you who have not joined this year  ($35-a bargain) to JOIN NOW because IF YOU DO, ALL THE FOLLOWING EVENTS ARE FREE!!

1. The first is our Community Potluck Wednesday, July 16th at the Whole Foods Community Room (Cordova and St. Francis location). ‘The Tomato Lady’ at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, will talk about pests that are in our gardens now and what we can do about them. Flea beetles, grape eating caterpillars, tomato hornworms, aphids, cabbage loopers and grasshoppers are a few of the culprits visiting the garden now. Come learn how to deal with these organically! Bring your questions. We ask a $5 donation but free when you are a member!)

2. We have 2 terrific classes this month. They are both on the weekend of Saturday July 19 and Sunday July 20th. The first one is about rain catchment and this is the year to find out how to capture the rain as we are in an El Nino effect which should produce rain  (finally) with the monsoons we will get:

Sat. July 19, 10 am to 1 pm
Creating a Rain Barrel & Rain Catchment
Learn how to make your own rain barrel and learn all about rain catchment
Instructor: Amanda Bramble
Location: Milagro Community Garden (Off Rodeo Road east of Sam’s Club-Turn north onto Legacy Court. Garden is behind the church, ‘Church of the Servant’ on corner)
RSVP to 505-983-9706 or email: homegrownnewmexico1@gmail.com (You will not be contacted back, we just need to know how many are coming for printing handouts.)

Learn how to make your own rain barrel with this hands-on workshop. We will demo how to turn an ordinary 55 gallon drum into a rain barrel. The class will also cover the basic elements of rain collection systems including sizing and sitting your tank as well as keeping the water clean. We will also discuss accessories like tank gauges, first flush systems, and filters for DIY systems. Amanda Bramble is the director of Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center in Cerrillos, NM (www.ampersandproject.org).  Suggested $10 donation or become a 2014 Member for $35 -all free classes, potlucks and tour.

3. The second class is one we’re excited about. Jannine Cabossel and Duskin Jasper are teaching a ‘Jamming Jam’ class on making jam but not just ordinary jam- we will focus on using some unusual ingredients with our fruit to make some new artisan jams! Here it is:

Sunday, July 20, 10 am to 1 pm
‘Jamming Jam Class’
Jam Making Class-Learn how to make and can your own artisan jam using fresh fruit and unusual ingredients

Instructors: Jannine Cabossel/Duskin Jasper
Location: Whole Food’s Community Room (St. Francis location)
RSVP to 505-983-9706 or email: homegrownnewmexico1@gmail.com
(You will not be contacted back, we really need to know how many are coming for printing handouts and for getting our ingredients and jars.)

In this preservation class, you will learn how to make and process jams with available seasonal fruit. The twist on this jam session is our emphasis will be on adding unusual ingredients to make unique artisan jams. We will hand out recipes. We will also go over basic canning processes. You’ll get a jar of jam to take home! Come jam with us! Suggested $10 donation or become a 2014 Member for $35-free classes, potlucks and tour.

4. Lastly and the ‘creme de la creme’ event this year. This is our major fundraiser to provide all these great classes and workshops throughout the year:

FINAL 2014 HGNM KItchen Garden Tour

Our 4th Annual Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour on Sunday, July 27  from 9 am – 2 pm. You don’t want to miss this one as it will be outstanding. Come get inspired for your own gardens! Come see five of Santa Fe’s most inspirational gardens.  Pick up ideas that you can use at your place or just enjoy these beautiful edible and functional landscapes.

‘The 5 properties on the tour this year will feature many gardening ideas—beautiful vegetable gardens, backyard chicken coops, beehives, composting, greywater systems, hoophouses, a neighborhood community farm, permaculture sites, edible landscapes and rainwater harvesting systems.’
Excerpts from: Edible Magazine, our premiere sponsor
Other contributing sponsors for the tour are: Whole Foods, Joes’ Diner and Osuna Nursery

Tickets are only $25 for this great community event.  All proceeds go towards supporting Home Grown New Mexico’s classes and events.

Go to our  2014 Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour page for more info and to purchase tickets.

The tour is self paced and owners will be present along with Master Gardeners to answer your questions. You can purchase tickets online or at each house with cash or check OR if you want to use a credit card the day of the event, you’ll have to go to the first house on the tour as that’s the only home with a credit card machine.

* Location addresses  and a map will be posted at Home Grown New Mexico’s website Sunday July 20th, before the tour.

 

NEXT CLASS-Honeybees and Native Pollinators-Saturday June 14

bees on blossomSaturday, June 14, 2014
Honeybees & Native Pollinators: Free Class
Learn all about honeybees and native pollinators
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Instructor: Ken Bower
Location: Whole Food’s Community Room (St. Francis location)
RSVP to 505-983-9706 or email: homegrownnewmexico1@gmail.com

The pollination process is necessary for most of our important commercial food and nursery crops. The honeybee is the major pollinator for crops such as grapes, onions, cucurbits, almonds and fruit crops.  The honeybee is the insect most used to pollinate these crops, but New Mexico has over 500 species of wild bees other than honeybees as well as various other wild pollinators.

This class will provide an in-depth look at the pollination process and its relationship to all of the New Mexico pollinators. An emphasis will be placed on the identification and flowering schedules of the plants most visited by all of the pollinators.

Ken Bower has had a passion for growing plants and vegetables since his youth. Living in Santa Fe for the past 15 years, he and his wife created Eldorado Windy Farm. He completed the Master Gardener course in 2001, sells his lavender products and beeswax at the Eldorado Farmer’s Market and assists friends the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market.  Ken is also a beekeeper and active member of the Sangre de Cristo Beekeepers Association.  For the past couple years Ken has been actively recording the flowering schedules of plants to determine which pollens are most sought after by his bees. Suggested $10 donation or become a 2014 Member for $35 with $250 value and all free classes, potlucks and tour.

Home Grown Potluck-June 11th -Come Out to this Event!

WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014

Time: 6-8 pm

LOCATION: WHOLE FOODS COMMUNITY ROOM-(the small Whole Foods on Cordova and St. Francis)

Erin O'Neill

Erin O’Neill in the SFCC Culinary Arts Garden

GUEST SPEAKER: Erin O’Neill

Erin will talk about ‘4 Season Harvests in the High Desert’

‘In 2000, Erin O’Neill moved to Santa Fe in 2000 , where she continued her work in educational gardening in various capacities, most recently as the garden consultant for the Culinary Arts Garden on the Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) campus. The garden was recently honored with a Sustainable Santa Fe award as an innovative food production system, and O’Neill was recognized for her dedicated efforts at the college. Before the 16-bed garden and 21-tree fruit orchard came to fruition, it was “just an empty dirt courtyard” outside the East Wing Eatery. Its evolution into an award-winning food production system began several years ago.’ Excerpts taken from The New Mexican in an article written about Erin O’Neill and the SFCC Culinary Gardens.

In addition, Erin O’Neill also co-founded Radical Homemakers along with Arinna Pittman of Permaculture Institute and Kyce Bello.  Radical Homemakers are people from all walks of life who are reclaiming the home as a site for political and ecological activism. Radical Homemaking is a journey of discovery as we reconnect with life skills and our unique purpose and passion in the name of making a better world and life. You can find more about Erin on her website seedsandstones

Next class-May 24-VERMICOMPOSTING-this Saturday!

220px-Wormbin.beddingSaturday, May 24, 2014
Vermicomposting: Free Class
Learn the basics of worm composting
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Instructor: Duskin Jasper
Location: Milagro Community Garden (Rodeo Road and Legacy behind church)
RSVP to 505-983-9706 or email: homegrownnewmexico1@gmail.com

Become a worm farmer! Let red wigglers do the work of transforming your household waste into “black gold” vermicompost. This workshop will allow you to discover how simple it is to create an outdoor vermicompost bin from straw bales and salvaged materials. The class will cover what goes in a worm friendly compost bin and how to care for worms and harvest their compost. Duskin Jasper is certified by the Santa Fe Master Gardener Association in conjunction with the City of Santa Fe as a public outreach educator to promote residential composting in Santa Fe. Presented in cooperation with Milagro Community Garden (MilagroGarden@yahoo.com). Suggested $10 donation or become a 2014 Member for $35 with $250 value and all free classes, potlucks and tour.

Next Community Potluck-Wednesday, May 14th

 

amandaCOMMUNITY POTLUCK

LOCATION: WHOLE FOODS COMMUNITY ROOM-(the small Whole Foods-Cordova and St. Francis)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Time: 6-8 pm
GUEST SPEAKER: Amanda Bramble
Amanda is the director of Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center. She and her husband Andy built their home off the grid in the Cerrillos/Madrid area of NM and it grew into a demonstration site for sustainable living.

Amanda’s professional background is in ecological restoration. Her passion for this work comes from a deep love for the workings of ecological systems. An early commitment to discovering harmony between human systems and ecological systems led to an exploration of organic agriculture and permaculture while she was still a teenager.

Amanda’s favorite accomplishments are embodied in the land of Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center where she has lived for the last decade. She designed and helped build an excellently functioning off grid passive solar house that reclaims waste water and grows food. She has guided the development of the passive solar techniques and appropriate technologies on site, having designed and directed the construction of nearly all the systems that keep people fed, clean and appropriately temperature moderated on site.

She has been teaching about land restoration and organic agriculture since the mid 1990s, and about passive solar design, permaculture and appropriate technologies for the last eight years. She appreciates the rain and sun and earth through the way she lives her life. Sharing this with others is her greatest joy.

Next class-Growing Great Tomatoes this Saturday

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HERE’S THE NEXT CLASS-
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Growing Great Tomatoes: Free Class
Secrets for growing great tomatoes
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Instructor: Jannine Cabossel
Location: Milagro Community Garden (Off Rodeo Road east of Sam’s Club-Turn north onto Legacy Court. Garden is behind the church, ‘Church of the Servant’ on corner)

Presented with Milagro Community Garden at milagrogarden@yahoo.com
RSVP to 505-983-9706 or email: homegrownnewmexico1@gmail.com

Jannine Cabossel, a Master Gardener and ‘The Tomato Lady’ at the Santa Fe Farmers Market will teach a class on how to grow the best organic heirloom tomatoes. She has tips on what to put in the ground when transplanting, how to protect them, recognizing diseases and control of them and caring for the plant till harvesting.

Jannine has extensive experience in growing vegetables on her 3000 square foot garden using all organic methods. Follow her blog at giantveggiegardener.com. Suggested $10 donation or become a 2014 Member for $35 with $250 value and all free classes, potlucks and tour.