Field Trip: Fruit Trees with Gordon Tooley this Sunday

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANOTICE: FIELD TRIP CARPOOL INFO
For those of you signed up to go on this field trip and want to possibly carpool, offer rides and/or caravan up to Gordon’s property,  read on:

-We will meet at 10:30 AM at the LITTLE WHOLE FOODS COMMUNITY ROOM PARKING LOT .

-Please PARK TO THE LEFT OF THE COMMUNITY ROOM, NOT DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF IT. The LITTLE Whole Foods is located on Cordova and St. Francis and the community room is behind the LITTLE Whole Foods ON CORDOVA.

-WE WILL LEAVE AT 11 AM SHARP to Gordon Tooley’s place

Anyone who doesn’t want to meet, please DOWNLOAD THE MAP- (gordon tooley map). There are 35 people signed up and Gordon doesn’t have enough parking space for all of us so please consider carpooling.

SEE YA SUNDAY! Below are the class details.

Sun. June 28, 12 pm —2 pm
Fruit Trees with Gordon Tooley
Learn what varieties of fruit trees do well in NM and how to grow them.
Time: 12 pm-2 pm
Instructor: Gordon Tooley
Location: PO Box 392 Truchas, NM 87578 info@tooleystrees.com 505-689-2400 (THIS IS A FIELD TRIP) This is a field trip up to his property so you may want to carpool or offer someone a ride. Here is a map to his property: gordon tooley map

 

Hugelkultur Class Wrap Up

heugel

The Hugelkultur class on Sunday was another really well attended event with over 30 participants.  We want to send out a big thank you to Michael Reed who did a great job introducing us to the principles of hugelkultur, how it fits in the larger framework of Permaculture and some adaptations we can make to use this technique in our climate.  We also got to walk around Mike & Molly’s yard and see the techniques being put into action.

There was also a lot of interest in the Mother of all Gardening Courses that Michael teaches.  The Mother classes are taught year round and run for six months meeting roughly twice a month.  They start and end on the equinoxes. Click on the links for the Mother Course Flyer and class descriptions.

Please contact Michael  (skreed@earthlink.net) for an up to date schedule and any questions you may have.

June is bustling with 3 classes this year

Our June’s bustling with 3 classes this year. So you don’t miss them here is the info and sign up on all of them. The first one is next Sunday-Hugelkultur Gardening on June 14

hugelkulturSun. June 14
Hügelkultur gardening
Learn how to make Hügelkultur raised beds
Time:
12 pm-2 pm
Instructors: Mike Reed & Mike Warren
Location: 747 Old Las Vegas Highway, Santa Fe

Eventbrite - Hügelkultur Gardening

Hügelkultur is a composting process employing raised planting beds constructed on top of decaying wood debris and other compostable biomass plant materials. The process helps to improve soil fertility, water retention, and soil warming, thus benefiting plants grown on or near such mounds. Come learn how it works, how you can make one and see one in progress. This class is held past Fina Cafe on Old Last Vegas Hwy around the corner from Eldorado.

Help keep this class free! Become a 2015 Member here for only $35 – includes all classes and tour. TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

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Compost Tea Brewer 2013

 

Sun June 21, 12 pm —2 pm
Vermicomposting made easy!
Learn about vermicomposting and how to build a compost tea brewer
Time: 12 pm- 2 pm
Instructor: Duskin Jasper
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) • Santa Fe

Eventbrite - Vermicomposting Made Easy

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 will also demo how to make an inexpensive compost tea brewer. With a brewer, you can make a compost tea for your plants.  The use of compost tea has been shown to increase plant growth and suppress disease.

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)

Help keep this class free! Become a 2015 Member here for only $35 – includes all classes and tour. TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASun. June 28, 12 pm —2 pm
Fruit Trees with Gordon Tooley
Learn what varieties of fruit trees do well in NM and how to grow them.
Time: 12 pm-2 pm
Instructor: Gordon Tooley
Location: PO Box 392 Truchas, NM 87578 info@tooleystrees.com 505-689-2400 (THIS IS A FIELD TRIP) This is a field trip up to his property so you may want to carpool or offer someone a ride. Here is a map to his property: gordon tooley map

We will have a meeting point for those of you wanting to help give rides or pick up a ride up to his property and follow us up there. More info on where to meet coming up by June 20 here.

Eventbrite - Fruit Trees with Gordon Tooley

Come learn from the Master! Focusing on varieties that are drought tolerant and adapted to high pH, Gordon grow species trees, shrubs, and grafted fruits for our area.  His stock is grown with organic methods and he practices holistic orchard management.

He has many heirloom and uncommon varieties of grafted apples, apricots(sometimes), plums, pears and cherries. Some of them may be new to you but are an opportunity for you to grow varieties that have all but disappeared from our markets.  His grafts are on rootstocks carefully selected to match climate and soil types in this area.  His species trees and shrubs are easy to care for and will provide screening, habitat and food for wildlife and yourself.

He believes in selling small caliper trees with well-developed root systems.  The fabric root bags we plant in are key factors in building a fibrous root structure.  Smaller caliper trees establish more quickly with less transplant shock, and grow more vigorously in difficult sites than large caliper trees.

Help keep this class free! Become a 2015 Member here for only $35 – includes all classes and tour. TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

 

Identifying Tomato Curly Top Virus (CTV)

Photo credits: curly top disease - photo courtesy of http://ucanr.org/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=3352

Curly Top Virus *CTV) in tomato plant

Curly Top Virus (CTV) on tomatoes
Last year, the Beet Leafhopper which transmits ‘Curly Top Tomato Virus’ was rampant in our gardens and devastated many of our tomato plants. I lost only 4 plants out of 74 to it but only because I take extraordinary measures to protect them. Here is some information on the beet leafhopper.

leaf beet hopper

Beet Leafhopper is about 1/8 inch long and light green

 

The Beet Leafhopper flies in on the winds in early June through July, jump on the tomato plants and taste them. They don’t even like to eat tomato plants but sample them, transmitting the disease in the process, then fly off to visit other plants. For more info on how to identify it, symptoms and how to protect your plants go to this post on giantveggiegardener.com.

Permaculture class wrap up

jeremiah kidd info

The Permaculture class was great with Jeremiah Kidd teaching us some basic concepts of Permaculture, showed us examples of what can be done in New Mexico, and gave us lists of edible plants and flowers that can be grown here as well. Unfortunately the slide show file is too big to put on this website or we would put it here, so I hope you all took good notes for those of you who attended. We had 35 people sign up for the class and every seat was filled. If you’d like a consultation please contact Jeremiah Kidd at the information above.

Permaculture class this Sunday, May 31, 2015

permaorchardCLASS REMINDER!!

Sun. May 31, 2015
Permaculture class
Permaculture for the Home Gardener, Increasing yields while reducing work!
Time: 12 pm —2 pm
Instructor: Jeremiah Kidd
Location: 3229 Rodeo Road (Rodeo Grounds/Large Annex building Master Gardener classroom) CLASS IS NOW FULL

Jeremiah will talk about Permaculture and cover perennials and guilds and unusual plants in the edible landscape.

HERE ARE the 2 HANDOUTS FOR THE CLASS THAT HE WILL TALK ABOUT:

WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?

ESSENCE OF PERMACULTURE

Jeremiah Kidd, owner of San Isidro Permaculture, has extensive expertise in the design and development of highly productive and beautiful edible landscapes. His edible landscapes incorporate edible annuals, herbs, flowers, medicinals and vegetables as well as perennials, shrubs and trees.

$5.00 donation suggested.

 Become a 2015 Member for only $35 – includes all classes and tour. TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

Biodynamics class wrap up

biodynamicsThe Biodynamics class was great! Biodynamics is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition, and a potent force for change worldwide. Poki talked about the ecological approach and showed us his barrel compost he makes and how to do it and the practical side of applying Biodynamic products and principles to his compost and soil, while Dominique talked more about the spiritual side of what Biodynamics represents.

We got a planting calendar page for the month and many handouts on the basics of Biodynamics. Then we went out to the fields to learn more. Biodynamics is so much more than just growing food.

Here are links to the handouts and resources:

BIODYNAMIC ASSOCIATION: www.biodynamics.com
12 ways to Learn More about Biodynamics:
https://www.biodynamics.com/content/12-ways-learn-more-about-biodynamics

PLANTING CALENDER:
Stella Datura-Biodynamic Planting Calender
https://steiner.presswarehouse.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=432258

JOSEPHINE PORTER INSTITUTE: (to buy preparations and literature)
www.jpibiodynamics.org

BIODYNAMIC FARMING AND REPARATIONS: (free 20 page doc from ATTRA)
www.demeter-usa.org/downloads/Demeter-Science-Biodynamic-Farming-&-Compost.pdf

PFEIFFER CENTER: (training and workshops)
www.pfeiffercenter.org

RUDOLF STEINER ARCHIVES: (free downloads-please donate)
http://wn.rsarchive.org

PURCHASING BIODYNAMIC COMPOST LOCALLY:
www.gardengaia.com
(Maggie: 505-982-6879)

BOOKS
Agriculture
Eight lectures given 1922-23 by Rudolf Steiner (free download)
http://wn.rsarchive.org/search=mode?query=agriculture&mode=context

Culture & Horticulture by Wolf D. Storl
https://steiner.presswarehouse.com/Books/AuthorDetail.aspx?id=24062

Gardening for Life by Maria Thun
https://steiner.presswarehouse.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=167

CONFERENCE:
2016 North American Biodynamic Conference
November 16-20, 2016
Santa Fe Community Convention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico