Come hear Deborah Madison at our potluck!

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POTLUCK, POTLUCK, READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Hey everybody we are having a potluck! We’re excited and want you all to show up! People interested in gardening in Santa Fe, Home Grown New Mexico, fellow gardeners, and sustainable types-this is the potluck for you. We’ve all been busy in our gardens this season and what a fabulous season it’s been with all this rain but now it’s time to take a break, get social and share your garden booty. It should be great fun, inspirational and tasty too.

To top it off , Deborah Madison will be our guest speaker. Her talk, ‘From the Kitchen and Into the Garden (and perhaps staying there!)’ will be about different ways one comes to the garden, how it happened to her, is happening, and what matters (herbs!, curiosity, etc.). Deborah Madison is the author of 10 books and lives here in Galisteo. Her latest books are, ‘The New VEGETARIAN COOKING For Everyone’ and ‘Vegetable Literacy’. If you haven’t heard Deborah speak, she is very engaging and fun to listen to.  We can’t wait to hear what she’s been up to!

Here are the details:
DATE: Sunday September 13, 2015
TIME: 6:30 pm
HOST: Paul & Christine Drumright’s home
ADDRESS: 6 Cuesta Road • Santa Fe (Eldorado), NM
PHONE: 660/6277 or 505/466-9299
GUEST SPEAKER: Deborah Madison

DIRECTIONS: POTLUCK DIRECTIONS

Please sign up for this FREE event below at eventbrite so we know how many people are showing up!

Eventbrite - Potluck with Deborah Madison

Upcoming Workshops and Classes

This year has been one of the best for our classes.   We have had really great offerings and high attendance at all of the classes.  That feels really good because it means we are living up to our mission.  There’s no rest yet though because we still have a couple really good sessions coming up.

This Sunday, Aug 16th, is the mozzarella making class.  We had such a tremendous response for it that we started a wait list.  If we get enough people we will run the class again to meet the demand.  So go ahead and sign up if you are interested.  You can click on the Eventbright banner below to register.

Eventbrite - Cheesemaking-Mozzarella

On September 6th we will be presenting a class on how to use a solar food dryer to preserve your harvest.  We’ve got the sunshine, might as well use it! Learn how easy it is to put up food by drying it.  Drying reduces the weight and volume of what you need to store.  It also concentrates flavors to make healthy delicious snacks for later from the abundance of produce we are getting out of our gardens right now. Last year I was able to turn a case of apples into a couple of gallon sized Ziplock bags full of dried apple slices. It took very little effort from me and they lasted all winter.  Click  the banner below to register.

Eventbrite - Drying your Harvest-Solar Food Drying

In addition to the classes that Home Grown New Mexico puts on we also like to draw your attention to some of the other high quality offerings being put on by others.  We have a few upcoming workshops and classes that we are excited to share with you.

First, are a couple of workshops being offered by Christian Meuli.  Christian has a property in Edgewood where he has been experimenting with managing surface water from rainfall using a variety of techniques.

For those of you that attended the Heugelkulture class earlier this summer, Christian is the originator of sponges,  a simple system used to capture and store water for your trees long term with minimal effort.  He has also developed an innovative berm system using woodchips to slow down water and allow it to soak  into the ground rather than running off your property taking topsoil along with it.

Christian has a lot of great ideas and has been implementing them for long enough that you can see what a mature system looks like years after it’s been installed. Click on the link for a flyer with more specific details.

Woodchip Berm and Windbreak Workshops Flyer

Finally, we’ve saved the best for last.  The lecturer for the Heuglkulture class, Michael Reed, a veteran gardener with over 40 years of experience, offers a six month course called the Mother of all Backyard Gardening Courses at his farm in the South Valley.  This very comprehensive but affordable class meets twice a month for six months.  It runs twice a year from equinox to the equinox.  The new session is starting in September.

In the Mother Course Michael brings his unique holistic view to gardening that you will find nowhere else.  He covers all the systems at play in nature and our relationship with them from a multi-faceted deep understanding that only comes from many years of study and practice..  I took the class and came away with a profoundly changed view of gardening and my role in it.

If you  have the time I would highly recommend taking Michael’s course.  Click on the links below for more detailed information on the class.

Mother Course 2015 Dark Side flyer

Mother Course 15-16 Dark Side class descriptions

Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour-Big success!!

 

The tour was a big success this year and over 200 people came to it. Hope you all enjoyed it as the tour participants really worked hard in their gardens before the tour to make their gardens beautiful. There were as many different styles of gardens as there were people which is great as everyone has different ideas and we all picked up a few ideas to apply to our gardens next year. It is Home Grown New Mexico’s main fundraiser for the year and planning actually started last September for this year’s tour. Lots of time and effort went into it and a great big thank you to the Home Grown crew, the Master Gardeners who helped out and answered questions at the sites, to Roland of Joe’s Diner for providing food for volunteers, to Osuna Nursery who helped underwrite the event and to edible magazine for putting out the word on their email blasts.

As far as myself goes,  I’m starting to recover from the big garden tour in 2 ways. First I was heavily involved in pulling the tour off and second, I was also on the tour (mine was the 5th house) so I’m double tired and now the tomatoes are starting to come in-so soon I will put on another hat as the Tomato Lady at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market on Saturdays (when I have enough tomatoes) which should be mid-August.

Hope you all enjoyed the tour and thanks for supporting us!

Jannine Cabossel
Home Grown New Mexico, Chairperson

 

Map correction for Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour

Hi folks! With all the work for the tour,  we found some errors in the map you may have downloaded on our previous post. So here is the revised map with the streets corrected. Please print out this one for you to follow.

Home Grown tour_map

5TH ANNUAL KITCHEN GARDEN & COOP TOUR – JULY 26

IT’s ALMOST HERE! OUR BIGGEST FUNDRAISER AND BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR! PRE-BUY YOUR TICKET AT THE EVENT BRITE BUTTON BELOW OR PAY AT EVENT AT FIRST HOUSE YOU GO TO.

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Sunday, July 26—OUR MAJOR FUNDRAISING EVENT!
Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour
Time: 9 am-3 pm
Cost: $25. children under 12 free. You can pre-pay below or pay at the tour at any of the homes. Cash, Check or credit cards accepted.
Locations: see below

The 5th Annual
Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour
Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 9 am to 3 pm

See five kitchen gardens in Santa Fe. Pick up ideas that you can use at your place or just enjoy these beautiful, edible and functional landscapes.

The properties on the tour this year will feature many gardening ideas—beautiful vegetable gardens, herb gardens, fruit and nut trees, backyard chicken coops, goats, beehives, composting,  green houses, a neighborhood community garden, edible landscapes and rainwater harvesting systems.  Master Gardeners will be at each location to answer gardening questions and support the event. Pre-purchase tickets here on the eventbrite button or buy them at the tour at whatever house you first go to.

Eventbrite - 5th Annual Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour

5 Properties on tour-get the Home Grown tour_map (revised Jul 18)
#1 • Lisa Sarenduc, Suitable Digs
712 Chicoma Vista
Santa Fe, NM

#2 • Amelia Moody
1951 Osage Dr
Santa Fe, NM

#3 • Deb Farson
2215 Paseo de los Chamisos
Santa Fe, NM

#4 • Bert & Mari Tallant
2389 Camino Pintores
Santa Fe, NM

#5 • Jannine Cabossel, ‘The Tomato Lady’
56 Coyote Crossing
Santa Fe, NM

Garden Tour Bios
Lisa Sarenduc-owner of
Suitable Digs. This property has unique green vacation lodgings on her sustainable property where she lives. Her property features a greenhouse, fruit and nut trees, raised vegetable and berry garden, greywater system, a dome greenhouse with fig trees, another greenhouse with olive trees, a large rainwater catchment system, 1.5 acres of native grasses and flowers lining her driveway using key line design, a swimming pond and is completely powered by solar energy.

Amelia Moody has been gardening at her home in Santa Fe for 10 years. Her lovely garden is continually evolving, as she acquires “gift plants” from her friends. She has mature fruit trees and bed with mixed plantings of vegetables, flowers, medicinal plants and cacti, keeping a constant supply of flowers pollinated by her own honeybees. A giant Saguaro Cactus skeleton dominates her back yard. She also catches water from her roof, storing it underground in a 1000gal tank. Chickens will supply her with eggs through the year. A well tended compost pile rounds out her very balanced landscape.

Deb Farson lives in a townhome with her cat Charley in town. She has been a master gardener for 5 years (in fact, she is the president of the Santa Fe Master Gardeners Association). She has been a Master Composter since 2002. Her property has a small footprint, but she has been able to pack in a lot of sustainability. Her perennials are xeric and include many native plants and shrubs in beds, pots and planters. She connects with the National Weather Service daily – measuring precipitation in Santa Fe. She catches rain from her roof to water her landscape – including raised vegetable beds. She fosters community – cooperating with neighbors in a truly neighborhood community garden. She crafts some of the best compost in town with the help of her neighbors, who contribute their food scraps all year round and get tomatoes in the summer in return.

Bert Tallant and his wife Mari have been gardening in Santa Fe for over 25 years. Their garden showcases many of the sustainable features that can be accomplished in an urban setting. They converted almost half of their property into a vegetable garden. In the compact garden, they grow a substantial portion of their food for the year, including tomatoes, chile, corn, squash and raspberries – lots of raspberries. Bert has experimented w/ espaliered apple trees along the walls that enclose the garden. They use water captured from their roof and piped to the garden underground. A newly captured swarm of honeybees buzz about pollinating and making honey. Eggs are gathered daily from their chickens. They make their own high quality compost gathering materials from neighbors and the city.

Jannine Cabossel-The Tomato Lady
Jannine can be found selling her heirloom tomatoes at the Santa Fe’s Farmer’s Market in the summer and features her artisan farm on the tour this year. She strives toward sustainability. Her 6.5 acre property includes 3000 sq ft of raised vegetable gardens that supply her with food year round, garden art and flowers that feed her soul, over 30 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, fruit trees, strawberries, grapes and raspberries, 2 busy beehives, many drought tolerant, bee friendly gardens, chickens that give her eggs daily, Koko the horse and her buddies-the goats, a terraced herb garden, an unheated greenhouse full of tomatoes now and greens in the winter, a cold frame for fall/spring gardening, composting systems and even a resting hut fondly called the Tea House. Be prepared to wander and get lost on this lovely property that will surely inspire gardeners.

 

JULY UPCOMING EVENTS

Sun. July 12
Kitchen Counter Gardening-CLASS FULL
Learn how to grow micro-greens in your kitchen!
Time: 12 pm-2 pm
Instructors: Alessandra Haines & Mike Warren
Location: 3229 Rodeo Road (Rodeo Grounds/Large Annex building Master Gardener classroom)

Eventbrite - Kitchen Counter Gardening

This fast-growing market has become tremendously popular with both growers and chefs. For growers, Micro Greens have a low start-up cost for year-round production, are relatively easy to grow, and most can be harvested within 2-3 weeks. For chefs, they allow for interesting colors, flavors, and textures to be creatively combined to enhance any dish. Come learn how to grow micro-greens with Allesandra and Mike!

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

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 Sunday, July 26

2015 HGNM KItchen Garden Tour_ad _green

Sunday, July 26—OUR MAJOR FUNDRAISING EVENT!
Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour
Time: 9 am-3 pm
Locations: Addresses of all 5 properties and a map will be posted here by July 15.
Cost: $25. children under 12 free. You can pre-pay below or pay at the tour at any of the homes. Cash, Check or credit cards accepted.

The 5th Annual
Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour
Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 9 am to 3 pm

See five kitchen gardens in Santa Fe. Pick up ideas that you can use at your place or just enjoy these beautiful, edible and functional landscapes.

The properties on the tour this year will feature many gardening ideas—beautiful vegetable gardens, herb gardens, fruit and nut trees, backyard chicken coops, goats, beehives, composting,  green houses, a neighborhood community garden, edible landscapes and rainwater harvesting systems. For more info on each property, go here or purchase tickets below at eventbrite.

Eventbrite - 5th Annual Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour

Field Trip: Fruit Trees with Gordon Tooley, Sunday June 28

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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