Earth Day at the Railyard Park


Please come to this great Event.

Hope to see you all there!

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CLASS-Basics of Backyard Chickens-April 19


Saturday, April 19 Basics of Backyard Chickens: Free ClassLearn the basics about starting your own flock Time: 10 am-12 pm Instructors: Mike Warren/Molly Prewitt Location: Mike & Molly’s House, 747 Old Las Vegas Highway, Santa Fe (The house is on the right side directly across from Rancheros Campground. Call Mike or Molly at their house if you get lost-505-466-8998)

RSVP to 505-983-9706 or email:

Chickens are inquisitive, entertaining and food-producing.  Owning a small flock of chickens is becoming as popular as having a cat or dog.  They are easy if you have an understanding of what they need for shelter, food and health.

Come learn how you can start your own flock today.  Find out what is the best breed for you, how to provide a healthy diet and what type of chicken coop is right for your backyard.

Learn how to build a proper brooder and how to deal with predator issues.  Walk through Mike and Molly’s chicken yard and find out what they have learned about what works and what does not from raising chickens for over 10-15 years.  Suggested $10 donation. Become a 2014 Member for $35 with $250 value-includes all classes, potlucks and tour.

Next Potluck- April 16th-Guest Speaker-Reese Baker

WEDNESDAY, April 16 from 6-8
Reese Baker, owner and founder of The RainCatcher Inc., has been involved The raincatcherwith construction, organic farming, sustainability and permaculture in Santa Fe for over 15 years. He will discuss drylands permaculture techniques to create long term sustainable landscapes. Reese believes Permaculture design can help us create sustainable landscapes that build soil, grow food for us and wildlife, conserve water, moderate flood and drought conditions, moderate temperature fluctuations, create natural habitats, regulate pests and increase biodiversity. You won’t want to miss this one!

Location: Whole Food’s Community Room (St. Francis location)

Amy’s Memorial-Sunday April 27th

Please write this date/time down from this post as we need to keep updating you on our classes for this month on these posts-I know Amy wants us to continue her vision!

From Tony Ballantine, Amy Hetager’s partner-
Sunday APRIL 27th @ 1pm! That is the date! We will gather and celebrate Amy’s life. The memorial will be at the Lutheran Church of the Servant right off Rodeo Road- 2481 Legacy Court Santa Fe NM. This is the Church that owns the Milagro Community Garden. This is the garden that was pivotal in Amy’s Santa Fe adventure. As for my friends and family… I promise you will not burst into flames upon entry… I didn’t! This is a very hip earthy church with a very cool Pastor by the name of Sonnie Eriksen Fish. Sonnie is joyful woman that knew Amy and was thrilled to help us out. After the Memorial, about 2pm we will walk across the parking lot to the community garden where we will share stories and touch the soil that brought so much happiness to Amy’s life. I imagine the next stop on the celebration tour will be 2nd street brewery (the one on 2nd street)- I am sure Amy would want all of her family and friends to have a beverage in her honor! So please join us in the celebration of Amy’s perfect life!

Cold Weather Protection for Vegetable Gardens Class-this Saturday

wall of watersSaturday, April 5
Cold Weather Protection for Vegetable Gardens
Protecting your crops in spring
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Instructor: Jannine Cabossel
Location: Whole Food’s Community Room (St. Francis location)
RSVP to 505-983-9706 or email:

Jannine Cabossel, a Master Gardener and ‘The Tomato Lady’ at the Santa Fe Farmers Market will teach a class about how to use row cover, cloches, hoop houses, wall of waters, and other items to get your garden in earlier with protection.

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

In Memory of Amy Hetager

Amy Hetager ThumbnailHome Grown New Mexico was originally founded by Lisa Styles and Don Young. They invited Amy Hetager to join along with Duskin Jasper after a year of their developing it. Together they founded and all breathed life into Home Grown New Mexico.

Thursday morning, Amy Hetager,  co-founder of Home Grown New Mexico and friend to many, lost her battle with cancer after 5 years. She died peacefully with her family around her. She was 40 years old.

Amy was a remarkable person never giving in to her discomfort or pain—in fact many people didn’t even know she had cancer. She was always moving forward with her vision for Home Grown New Mexico. She helped create The Santa Fe Seed Exchange, Home Grown New Mexico Community Potlucks to bring gardeners together, scheduled many classes to educate the public, was involved with all the community gardens and of course helped create the very popular ‘Santa Fe Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour’  She brought Home Grown New Mexico down to Albuquerque where she had another ‘Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour as well last year. Amy was involved with many organizations within our community.  She was an active member and gardener of Milagro Community Garden and Frenchy’s Community Garden where she shared her joy of gardening. Amy was also a Master Gardener where she was on their Board of Directors last year.

When Amy was told when she was diagnosed with cancer 5 years ago by her doctors, they told her to get a good hobby that she could focus on, so she helped create Home Grown New Mexico and accomplished so many things for our organization in such a short period of time. She was a woman with a vision, a woman with a dream of building a community of people interested in growing,  harvesting, and processing their own food—of becoming more sustainable.  All of her community is feeling the giant void now without her. She will be sorely missed by all. Many of us will carry on her vision with Home Grown New Mexico but it won’t be easy-she has some big shoes to fill.

We’ll keep you updated as to her memorial and details as they unfold. Please note: I originally said Wednesday but it was actually Thursday.

Next potluck—Thursday, March 27 from 6-8 pm

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Home Grown New Mexico Potluck:
THURSDAY, March 27 at 6-7:30ish pm Whole Foods Community Room (St. Francis and Cordova location)

Guthrie_TomThe next potluck will have guest speaker Thomas Guthrie as well as great food and comradeire with other gardeners. Thomas Guthrie will discuss his research on efforts to revitalize local, small-scale agriculture in northern New Mexico and why he thinks strengthening home economies is important, the significance of disengaging from a capitalist economy at the home level, and his experience working with the Transition movement (an international movement that promotes re-localization in the face of climate change, resource depletion, and economic instability). Please come out and support him. It should be great!

We will also have our question and answer session about what to plant in April and other gardening/sustainable workshops/classes happening in April in our community afterwards.

Please bring a dish to share and your own dishes as this is a zero-waste event. We have do have reusable dishes to use at our potlucks if you forget.