September Upcoming Events

HOME GROWN’s September Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 10th
Community Potluck
Time:6-8 pm
Home Grown’s Potluck will be at the Whole Foods Community Room (Cordova and St.Francis location). Come join fellow gardeners to talk about fruit and vegetable gardening in our area and eat good food. What’s going on in your garden? Come listen and share.
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sauce

Sunday, September 21
Preserving Your Harvest Class
Learn how to can stewed tomatoes and pasta sauces
Time: 12 noon -2 pm
Instructors: Duskin Jasper/Jannine Cabossel
Location: Milagro Community Garden (Rodeo Road and Legacy behind church-2481 Legacy Court)
RSVP to 505-983-9706 or email: homegrownnewmexico1@gmail.com
(CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED SO YOU MUST RSVP) so we know how many jars to bring to the class.

What to do with all your tomatoes at the end of the season? Come join ‘The Tomato Lady’ from the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market and Duskin Jasper and learn how to can tomato pasta sauce for your pantry to enjoy in the winter months long after harvesting! This hands on class will cover how to make different pasta sauces. Students will take home a jar of tomato sauce. We will also discuss different canning methods for our high altitude.

 

 

 

Chèvre Cheesemaking Class-Yumm!

chevre cheese

Saturday, August 16
Chèvre Cheesemaking Class
How to make Chèvre goat cheese
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Instructor: Diane Pratt
Location: Whole Food’s Community Room (St. Francis location)
RSVP to 505-983-9706 or email: homegrownnewmexico1@gmail.com
(CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED SO YOU MUST RSVP)

Learn how to make Chèvre goat cheese
In France and Italy goat cheese goes back hundreds of years and it is no less popular today. In the New World, Laura Chenel introduced her version of fresh goat cheeses to Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Chèvre, the French term for goat, has come to mean mild, fresh goat cheese in the United States.

The American palette was quickly awakened to this new version of an ancient cheese and the rest was history. Thus was born a new era in cheese making in America and a very big reason in the rise of American Artisan Cheese Making.

Diane has been milking goats and making her own goat cheese for over 20 years.  She now belongs to a goat tending Co-op and milks her three goats once a week.  She uses the fresh raw goats milk to produce delicious chèvre, ricotta, feta and other artisan cheeses for her family and friends.I LOVE GOAT CHEESE

Participants in this cheesemaking class should bring a clean quart jar to take home their own bit of chèvre.

Suggested $10 donation or become a 2014 Member for $35 with free classes and potlucks.

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Solar Cooking Class today!

Don’t forget! Today is the Solar Cooking class ! Come out and learn how to do this!

Solar Oven

Saturday, August 2
Solar Cooking
How to solar cook
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Instructor: Amanda Bramble
Location: Milagro Community Garden (Rodeo Road and Legacy behind church)
RSVP to 505-983-9706 or email: homegrownnewmexico1@gmail.com

Presented with Milagro Community Garden at milagrogarden@yahoo.com. Making your meals in a solar oven can be easily integrated into your current life style.  Solar cooking won’t heat up your home in the summer, and the fuel is free.   Learn about the range of solar cookers available, how they work, how to cook in them, what kind of pots to use, and safe temperature ranges. Amanda Bramble is the director of Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center in Cerrillos, NM (www.ampersandproject.org).  She has been solar cooking for 15 years and uses it as her primary cooking source. Suggested $10 donation or become a 2014 Member for $35 with $250 value and all free classes, potlucks and tour.

2014 Kitchen Garden and Coop tour a Success!

On Sunday, the 2014 Kitchen Garden & Coop tour was a happening thing. The homes on the tour were packed with many people wanting to see some of the best kitchen gardens in Santa Fe and they weren’t disappointed.  The only thing disappointing was it rained just before it ended at 2 pm but rain around here is never disappointing and always a welcomed relief to our dry climate. So while many of you were scurrying back to your cars at the end of the tour,  your gardens were getting watered, courtesy of Mother Nature!

Thanks to our great sponsors-edible magazine who really helped get the word out, to Osuna Nursery who helped us out financially and to Joe’s Dining who came up with a fantastic lunch for the volunteers on the afternoon shift.

Also a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped on Sunday and the homeowners who worked so hard to make their gardens beautiful and inspiring— it was an outstanding success. Many many thanks to all of them and to all the public who came out to support this annual fundraising community event. Here are some of the many highlights of the tour. PS-We will put more photos up as they come in…

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4th Annual Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour-Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 9 am – 2 pm

FINALWEB 2014 HGNM KItchen Garden 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-
This Casa Solana home features chicken coops, fruit trees, large raised vegetable gardens, perennial and annual flowerbeds.

2. Jesus and Charlotte Rivera -
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 –
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 –
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 –
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 and Osuna Nursery.

 

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.