First class this Sunday-Soil Health Principles

 

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There’s still time to sign up for this class. In case you never heard me talk on my gardening show, I always say the key to a great garden is great soil. “It’s all about the soil baby” as one of my giant pumpkin grower friends once told me and I take it as my motto now. Come and find out how to be good stewarts of the soil,  improve your soil health which will help you grow great vegetables and fruits. Hope to see you there!

Jannine Cabossel/The Tomato Lady

 

JUNE

Sunday, June 5th
10 am to 12 pm

Healthy Soils Class

Learn how soil stewardship can increase soil nutrients and increase carbon capture in your backyard-Outside class

Isabelle Jenniches is co-founder of the New Mexico Healthy Soil Working Group, a grassroots alliance that formed in 2018 to pass the state’s Healthy Soil Act. The group’s mission is to support land managers in soil health stewardship while creating favorable government policy and raising active awareness in civil society.

In conversation with long-time gardener Alessandra Haines, Isabelle will demonstrate implementation of the 6 soil health principles in the home garden. We will discuss the many benefits of soil health, including increased water infiltration and retention, greater nutrient density of produce, and improved resilience to the effects of climate change and drought.

Instructor: Isabelle Jenniches
Location: 52 Mansion (Alessandra & Steve Haine’s house) • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members-to become a member and save money for all our events go to our membership page and pay first before registering

REGISTER HERE 

Space is limited to 25 people

SEED EXCHANGE TODAY TUES. MARCH 22!

It’s today! Hope to see you there!

seed exchange 2022Tuesday, March 22nd
2 pm to 4 pm

Home Grown New Mexico Seed Exchange-one day only-FREE

WE ARE BACK! This year we have rented the Railyard Conservancy room behind SITE Santa Fe for one day only, across the street from the Farmers Market. It will be inside the room and also outside the room. !0 people at a time will be allowed to enter the room but you can look at the outside tables with seeds also while you wait to get in. The garage doors will be open for air circulation. Masks required. If you are looking for free seeds for your vegetable or flower garden or have seeds to share, start this new gardening season with us at the Santa Fe Seed Exchange. Please bring any seeds you may have to share. It is not necessary but helps keep our seed supply going. Please identify any seeds you are sharing.

Location: Railyard Park classroom • 701 Callejon (behind SITE Santa Fe) off Paseo de Peralta • Santa Fe
Fee: FREE for everyone! No sign up-Just show up!

2022 classes/event schedule

2022 CLASS/EVENT SCHEDULE-Below are the classes/events schedule for 2022 with detailed info on each class and REGISTRATION through EVENTBRITE. You can also find this schedule on the top menu on this website in CLASSES/EVENTS. All events will be outside. SCROLL DOWN FOR LATEST EVENTS!

MARCH

HG SEED EXCHANGETuesday, March 22nd
2 pm to 4 pm

Home Grown New Mexico Seed Exchange-one day only-FREE

WE ARE BACK! This year we have rented the Railyard Conservancy room behind SITE Santa Fe for one day only, across the street from the Farmers Market. It will be inside the room and also outside the room. !0 people at a time will be allowed to enter the room but you can look at the outside tables with seeds also while you wait to get in. The garage doors will be open for air circulation. Masks required. If you are looking for free seeds for your vegetable or flower garden or have seeds to share, start this new gardening season with us at the Santa Fe Seed Exchange. Please bring any seeds you may have to share. It is not necessary but helps keep our seed supply going. Please identify any seeds you are sharing.

Location: Railyard Park classroom 701 Callejon (behind SITE Santa Fe) off Paseo de Peralta • Santa Fe
Fee: FREE for everyone! No sign up-Just show up!

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JUNE

Sunday, June 5th
10 am to 12 pm

Healthy Soils Class

Learn how soil stewardship can increase soil nutrients and increase carbon capture in your backyard-Outside class

Isabelle Jenniches is co-founder of the New Mexico Healthy Soil Working Group, a grassroots alliance that formed in 2018 to pass the state’s Healthy Soil Act. The group’s mission is to support land managers in soil health stewardship while creating favorable government policy and raising active awareness in civil society.

In conversation with long-time gardener Alessandra Haines, Isabelle will demonstrate implementation of the 6 soil health principles in the home garden. We will discuss the many benefits of soil health, including increased water infiltration and retention, greater nutrient density of produce, and improved resilience to the effects of climate change and drought. Masks required.

Instructor: Isabelle Jenniches
Location: 52 Mansion (Alessandra & Steve Haine’s house) • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members-to become a member and save money for all our events go to our membership page and pay first before registering

REGISTER HERE 

Space is limited to 25 people

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Sunday, June 12th
10 am to 12 pm

Cheesemaking Class-Mozzarella

Learn how to make mozzarella with cow’s milk. Hands-on class.

Mozzarella originally came from southern Italy and was traditionally made from Italian buffalo milk but here in the US we usually use cow’s milk to make mozzarella. Making mozzarella at home seems intimidating, but you won’t believe how easy it is. Once you give it a try, you’ll want to make mozzarella for everything from Caprese salads to pizzas. Come learn how to make mozzarella with Diane! Outside class. Masks required.

Instructor: Diane Pratt
Location: Alessandra and Steve Haines house-52 Mansion Drive • Santa Fe
Fee: $10 for members and $20 non-members-to become a member and save money for all our events go to our membership page and pay first before registering

REGISTER HERE
Space is limited to 10 people

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JULY

Sunday, July 31st
10 am-12 pm

PIZZA  in the yard with maestro Michael Warren

Michael will fire up his home built wood burning pizza oven as well as commercial portable propane pizza ovens and discuss the ins and outs of baking a stellar pie.

This will be a hands on experience featuring various dough formulas including heritage grains. Freshly made sauces and toppings will be discussed.  Practice shaping, topping, baking and eating pizza!

Instructor: Michael Warren
Location: 747 Old Las Vegas Hwy
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members-to become a member and save money for all our events go to our membership page and pay first before registering

REGISTER HERE
Space is limited to 10 people

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MEDICINAL HERBS

AUGUST

Sunday, August 14th
10 am to 12 pm

Easy to Grow Medicinal Plants for Local Gardens

Join herbalist Dara Saville for this discussion on easily cultivated medicinal plants suited for our climate. We’ll discuss growing conditions, harvesting, and uses for a selection of common healing plants that may already be growing in your garden.

Instructor: Dara Saville (Author of The Ecology of Herbal Medicine)
Location: 56 Coyote Crossing • Santa Fe
Fee: $5, for members/$20 for non-members-to become a member and save money for all our events go to our membership page and pay first before registering

REGISTER HERE

Space is limited to 20 people

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Sunday, August 28th

First tour 10 am to 11 am-10 people only
Second tour 11 am to 12 pm-10 people only

Luz do Sol Aquaponic Greenhouse Geodome Tour

“Luz do Sol” is a 42-foot geodesic dome in which an Agua Fria neighborhood community is experimenting with growing its own food in a closed-loop aquaponic system.

The dome encloses a 4,000-gallon fish tank and reservoirs for growing plants. The only input is fish food. The water is continuously recycled. The water, enriched with fish waste, is used to feed the plants hydroponically. Up to 18 member households receive weekly harvests of vegetables year-round. Luz do Sol is an experiment in water conservation and self-sufficiency that is fascinating to see.

Tour: Due to COVID, there will be 2 tours in the geodome- one starts at 10 am/second tour starts 11 am with 10 people for each tour. Sign up for only one tour.
Location: 5005 Aqua Fria Park Rd • Santa Fe
Fee: $5, for members/$20 for non-members-to become a member and save money for all our events go to our membership page and pay first before registering

REGISTER HERE

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SEPTEMBER

Sunday, September 11th
10 am to 12 pm

Heritage Grain Flour Tortillas

Gather up with the Rio Grande Grain team to explore heritage and ancient wholegrain flour tortillas.

We will work with several varieties of heritage and ancient grains including locally grown Sonoran White Wheat, Khorasan (Kamut) and Einkorn. We will also look at various shortening options ranging from olive oil to high quality animal fats. This class will be hands on and everyone will have the opportunity to make and cook tortillas.

Instructors: Rio Grande Grain team
Location: Alessandra and Steve Haines house-52 Mansion Drive • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members-to become a member and save money for all our events go to our membership page and pay first before registering

REGISTER HERE

Space is limited to 15 people

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SEED SAVING 2

Sunday, September 25th
12 noon to 2 pm

How to Save Your Seeds

Join Master Gardener & Certified Seed School Teacher Diane Pratt in learning about seed saving.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the advantages of locally adapted seeds and how they offer resilience to climate change, how to get started saving seeds, which vegetable seeds are easiest to save, how to know when seeds are ready to collect, and how to store them. Plus, techniques for determining the viability of seeds & why we can’t save seeds from hybrid varieties.

Instructor: Diane Pratt
Location: 56 Coyote Crossing • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 to members/$20 for non-members-to become a member and save money for all our events go to our membership page and pay first before registering

REGISTER HERE

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OCTOBER

Sunday, Oct 2nd
10am to 12 pm

Edible Plant Walking Tour Showing Permaculture Methods

Join Reese Baker on an edible plant walking tour at his property

Come see what is new on Reese’s property! The Bakers live on a small residential lot in central Santa Fe, and every square inch of which is packed to its potential, producing an abundance of fresh fruit, flowers, veggies, berries, and nuts incorporating many Permaculture designs. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Reese owns and manages The Rain Catcher Inc, a full service design/build landscaping company.

Rainwater is collected in above and below ground storage tanks and used for irrigation. Gray water from the house is channeled through Zuni bowls to fruit trees and a constructed wetland that filters the water from their washing machine filling a small pond where beautiful fish swim among vigorous water plants.

They have developed a ‘food forest’ landscape where most of their annual vegetable garden is intermixed with perennials-many of which are native to Northern New Mexico.  All this, plus five happy hens in a homemade coop of recycled materials. A great example of what one can accomplish in a small, city lot!  You will be inspired.

Tour: Reese Baker
Location: 2053 Cam Lado • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 to members/$20 for non-members-to become a member and save money for all our events go to our membership page and pay first before registering

REGISTER HERE

Classes/events going live on Feb 28, 2022

CALENDAR

Home Grown NM classes/events will be posted starting on February 28th

We have some great events this year! To get a deep discount for members, you must be a member before you sign up for an event-otherwise you will have to pay the non-member fee. Go to the MEMBERSHIP PAGE to become a member. Check back on the Feb 28 to see the events!

2022 Home Grown NM Annual Seed Exchange

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Home Grown NM is offering our Santa Fe SEED EXCHANGE this year for one day only.

WE ARE BACK! This year we have rented the Railyard Conservancy room behind SITE Santa Fe for one day only, across the street from the Farmers Market. It will be inside the room and also outside the room. !0 people at a time will be allowed to enter the room but you can look at the outside tables with seeds also while you wait to get in. The garage doors will be open for air circulation. Masks required.

If you are looking for free seeds for your vegetable or flower garden or have some to share, start this new gardening season with us at the Santa Fe Seed Exchange. Please bring any seeds you may have to share. It is not necessary but helps keep our seed supply going. Please identify any seeds you are sharing.

Tuesday, March 22th
2 pm to 4 pm

Home Grown New Mexico Seed Exchange-FREE

Where: Railyard Park classroom 701 Callejon (behind SITE Santa Fe) off Paseo de Peralta • Santa Fe
Fee: FREE for everyone!

 

Time to wake up

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Happy New Year everyone. Hope all of you are safe and well. Here at Home Grown New Mexico, we are busy figuring out what classes and events we can have outside for 2022. The schedule will be out in February so hang in there till then. We are planning to have some pretty awesome events this year. Last year’s events went very well despite COVID and we appreciate all of you who came out and supported us.

Stay tuned and if you want to be updated, please follow us by signing up on the upper left side of this blog. You will be notified whenever we post something new. This is the best way to stay informed as we don’t do mass emails.

Farm Tours are back!

This year there will be two fabulous farm tours this fall in September.

The first tour is the Reunity Farm Tour on September 11 put on by Home Grown New Mexico and co-sponsored by Slow Foods Santa Fe.

The second farm tour is the Green Tractor Farm tour on September 22 put on by our friends from Slow Foods Santa Fe and co-sponsored by Home Grown NM.

We hope you can make both! Here’s the info below to sign up for either or both.

About these events:

Saturday, Sept 11, 2021
12 noon to 2 pm

Reunity Resources Farm Tour

Sponsored by Home Grown New Mexico and co-sponsored by Slow Foods Santa Fe. Visit Santa Fe’s community farm practicing organic and regenerative agriculture. Reunity Resources is working with closed loop nutrient systems using food waste from local businesses to create a variety of compost and mulch products using Aerated Static Piles and vermicomposting (worms)

The compost operation has diverted over 5 million pounds of food waste from the landfill and sequestered much of that car- bon in the soil increasing fertility and water absorption. The results are evident in the amazing variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers produced on the farm. The farm is commit- ted to serving the community through education and outreach and donates much of the produce to local hunger projects. The farm stand will be open as well.

Location: 1829 San Ysidro Crossing • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members

REGISTER HERE

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Wednesday, Sept 22, 2021
1 pm to 3 pm

Green Tractor Farm Tour

Slow Food Santa Fe and Home Grown New Mexico are delighted to co-sponsor a tour of Green Tractor Farm in historic La Cienega near Santa Fe. We’ll meet this multi-generational farming family, learn about the farm and its history, and hear about the current growing season and its challenges. Then we’ll take a tour of the fields and greenhouses. Before departing we’ll have an opportunity to purchase produce and flowers so bring your shopping bags! (Green Tractor takes cash and credit cards.)

Green Tractor Farm received the 2013 Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Institute “Farmer All Star” award for their contributions to the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. And more recently Green Tractor was recognized by the Santa Fe Pojoaque Soil and Water Conservation District for managing their farm to maximize the productive capacity of their land. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this remarkable farm!

REGISTER HERE

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Green Tractor Farm received the 2013 Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Institute “Farmer All Star” award for their contributions to the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. And more recently Green Tractor was recognized by the Santa Fe Pojoaque Soil and Water Conservation District for managing their farm to maximize the productive capacity of their land. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this remarkable farm!

Further details and directions will be sent to those registered before this event.

Dehydrating the Harvest class this Sunday August 15

There are still spaces available for this class. If you ever been to one of Bob Zimmerman’s classes, you know it will be great and informative and free samples! We will have a canopy and chairs outside spaced out for safety. Plus a bonus-after the class if anyone wants to walk in the veggie garden, you are welcome to tour it with me. It is even MORE beautiful than after the last class. Sign up below to reserve your space.

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Sunday, August 15, 2021
12 noon to 2 pm

Dehydrating the Harvest

Have you thought about getting a food dehydrator to preserve seasonal produce? Do you already have a dehydrator and want to learn more ways to use your dehydrator than just drying apples? In this class, Bob will demonstrate how to preserve all kinds of food, complete with recipes and tips for getting the most out of your dehydrator. Here are just some of the unique and tasty treats that we will explore-fruit chips, beef,& turkey jerky, Parmesan, tomato & zucchini chips, sun-dried tomato crackers and fruit rollups.

Instructor: Bob Zimmerman and Mike McGeary
Location: 56 Coyote Crossing • Santa Fe (Tomato Lady’s property)
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members

REGISTER HERE

Hypertufa Planter Workshop and Demo this Sunday

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NEXT EVENT: This Sunday is going to be exciting to learn how to make these unique planters at this outdoor event. Not too late to sign up!

Sunday, July 18, 2021
12 noon to 2 pm

Hypertufa Planter Workshop & Demo

Get ready for planting with these easy to make and durable plant pots that will look great in your garden and last for years. These rock-like pots are wonderful for displaying rock-garden plants. They look like stone, but weigh less and can take whatever shape you want.

Instructor: Bob Zimmerman and Chris Salem
Location: 56 Coyote Crossing • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members

REGISTER HERE

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Greens all year

GREENS ALL YEAR
by Teri Buhl

Last October, I called Ken Kuhn at Grow Y’Own, to order a Raised Bed Hoop Garden.  He installed it in November, complete with starter plants, and promised “greens all winter”.  Everything went great until we had a 5° F night!  We lost some plants, but the lettuce survived and we had greens all winter.

Ken helped us decide where to place the raised bed – near a south facing wall works best.  Several sizes are available to fit your needs – we chose a 4’ x 4’.  When the team arrives to install the raised bed, it includes the following: blocks, wood, hoops, irrigation system, soil, plants, and covers.  You will need to supply a simple heating system, e.g. a light bulb in a clay pot.  Ken’s team is fast – the garden was ready for planting in a few hours!

Ken’s website is: https://www.raisedbed.biz

FRAME
The frame is assembled first and the hoops are inserted on one side in the left photo.  It’s used as a template for installation to place the blocks.  In the right photo, a trench has been dug for the main irrigation line.

BLOCK BASE
2 – 3 courses of hollow concrete blocks are placed onto a tree root barrier and filled with soil.  The frame is placed on top and also filled with soil before installing the drip lines.

PLANTING
Starter plants are put into the bed, then watered to test the lines and timer.

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WINTER COVER
The outer cover is made of a special plastic.  With the summer cover inside, the double barrier holds heat in during cold months.

Note: We used a water-proof livestock lamp housing with an infra-red heat bulb to keep the chill away this winter.

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SUMMER COVER
The summer cover is made of UV protective cloth with mesh ends for airflow.  It does a great job of keeping the critters out.

hoophouse 12Now we’ll have greens all summer, too!