Mer-Girls Garden Tour this Sunday, Aug 11

The Mer-Girl Garden Tour will be this Sunday from noon to 3 pm in La Villita north of Espanola by Alcade.

We are really looking forward to this field trip tour. If anyone wants to carpool, we will meet in the La Montanita Co-Op parking lot on the far east side (by the Womens Health Center) to join together and follow Alessandra and Steve up to the property. I will be there in the parking lot 10:45 and we will leave at 11:15 sharp. So don’t be late!

BRING WATER AND A HAT!

If you want to go on your own, be up there at the Mer-Girl Gardens in La Villita by noon.

Here are the DIRECTIONS to get there. 
directions to Mer-Girl Gardens

 

It is not too late to sign up below:

Sunday, Aug 11th
12 noon to 4 pm

Mer-Girl Gardens Tour
This is going to be a special field trip this year just north of Espanola in La Villita. This tour will be well worth the drive.  They practice sustainable and bio-dynamic farming with a focus on open-pollinated varieties. Ron Boyd and his wife Debora started Mer-Girl Gardens on about 6 acres and have expanded it. They have developed it into a beautiful farm with Certified Organic orchards, vineyard, culinary herbs, seasonal vegetables, fruits and flowers.

 

Debora has an image of a water bearer who brings water to their oasis in the drylands. Everything they’ve done started in 2001 from pretty much bare, lifeless, overused conventionally farmed fields. The old orchard was about 1 acre with 15 old apple trees.

In the last 20 years they’ve added 350 or so fruit trees, about 100 different varieties of apples 20 varieties of peaches 15 varieties of pears 15 varieties of cherries and plums and a few other curious additions. Around the same time they had restored the old fields, they added another acre, plus a bunch of berries and vegetables.  Debora and Ron did the Taos farmers market for about 10 years with piles of berries, 70 or so varieties of tomatoes, greens, garlic, and fruit when they were lucky. About five years ago the interest and focus has been about producing seed contracted by retail sellers, Baker Creek heirloom Seeds in particular.  Inspired by grain school in 2018 and the grain team, they are beginning to educate themselves and learn about old time varieties of small grain, wheat, rye, barley. They currently run and irrigate in the neighborhood about 12 acres.  They have a large focus on how to feed themselves with minimal fossil fuel and off-farm amendments. They’ve explored small farm tools and techniques. They welcome visitors and include school classes regularly in the spring and fall.

Instructor: Ron Boyd and Debora
Location: La Villita, NM (between Alcalde and Los Luceros) (directions given to participants)
Fee: Free to members/$10 for non-members

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Monsoons are here! Take row covers off tomatoes!

Monsoons are here! Last nite we got just under 2 inches of rain at the farm here in Santa Fe! And more to come today and the weekend. I was waiting for the rain to hit us and boy did it! I’m taking off the tomato row covers this weekend!

Yay! Finally we can enjoy looking at them!

Santa Fe Community College Hydroponics Tour this Sunday!

Hello folks-

This Sunday is the Santa Fe Community College Hydroponics/Aquaponics tour  with Home Grown New Mexico which should be great. Here is a map of where it is on campus and where we will park and meet. You can print off the pdf below (in blue)

SFCC HYDROPONICS TOUR MAP

In case you have forgotten, it’s not to late to come. Class sign up ends at 11 am Sunday morning. Here is the info on the class and sign up:

Sunday, July 21st
12 noon to 2 pm

Santa Fe
Community College
Hydroponic Tour
Did you know Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) has one of the best examples of  hydroponic and aquaponic greenhouses? Charlie Shultz, who has been a pioneer in the field of hydroponics and aquaponics for more than 20 years serves as Lead Facility for the (CEA) program at the College and will give us a personal tour of the hydroponics and aquaponics systems using soil-less production techniques on campus.  His students end up with a green thumb and a wet thumb! Come see how sustainable agriculture practices affect the ecological health of New Mexico and the world.

Instructor: Charley Schultz
Location: Santa Fe Community College • 6401 Richards Ave • (SFCC) Trades and Tech Wing • Santa Fe (directions will be given to participants)
Fee: $5 for members/$10 for non-member

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Apricots

It’s apricot season and they are out everywhere! It’s unusual to get apricots here in Santa Fe (about every 7 years) as usually a late freeze comes in spring and freezes all the blossoms, but not this year!

If you don’t have any apricots, don’t worry. There are apricots between La Choza restaurant and Whole Foods on Cerrillos in the Railyard Park for the picking. Last year I picked enough to make apricot jam.

I have a wonderful apricot jam recipe that has St. Germain’s liquer in it. St Germain’s is a liquor made out of elderberries and is delicious by itself but when added to apricot jam while cooking, it gives a wonderful floral nuance to the jam that is delicious. So I am excited to make more this year as I’m down to my last jar of apricot jam. The recipe can be found here.

Location change for BEE Class tomorrow!

Hello all attendees- We’ve sent you a notice from Eventbrite about a location change for tomorrow’s class. This post hopefully will catch any of you that haven’t read your email! We look forward to a great presentation so please still come!

Due to a snafu with SF Home Builders Assoc, we’ve had to move (at the last minute) the venue to the following location. Same time. Different place.
LOCATION: Jet Stream Energy
19 Plaza La Prensa, Santa Fe, NM 87507
 

DIRECTIONS: (you can also get the directions from google map if you prefer)
South on Cerrillos to Beckner – turn right. Follow service drive and turn right at The New Mexican.  Turn left at first stop sign. First business on right has solar satellite dishes – turn right into parking lot.

CLASS-this Sunday, July 7th-Get the Buzz on Native Bees!

Hello folks!

Get the Buzz on Native Bees class is still open for sign up below!

Here is the next class this Sunday on native bees, how they differ from honeybees, how to encourage them to your property, what plants offer them nectar and pollen, and a demo on how you can make a simple native bee house. Bob has sold his beautiful native bee houses at the SF Farmer’s Market, SF Botanical Gardens and elsewhere in Santa Fe. It’s going to be great! I know they work, as I own one of his native bee houses!

Sunday, July 7th
12 noon to 2 pm

Get the Buzz on Native Bees!
Do you like melons, pumpkins, and squash? Well, you should thank the native bees! Honeybees might get the most attention, but native bees really are the major pollinators of food crops. Did you know that there are more than 500 species of native bees just in New Mexico alone? Do you know the differences between the native bee and the honeybee?

Come to the Native Bee class July 7 and learn all about these often overlooked pollinators. Bob Zimmerman, retired biology teacher, will show you how to provide a bee friendly yard for native bees and how to make a native bee house to encourage them to hang around your garden!

Instructors: Bob Zimmerman
Location: Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association building
2520-B Camino Entrada (next to Habitat ReStore on south side of building) • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$10 for non-member

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KIMCHI CLASS this Sunday, June 23

Sunday, June 23rd
12 noon to 2 pm

THERE ARE STILL OPENINGS FOR THIS CLASS! Sign up now below:

Kimchi
No Korean meal would be complete without a side dish of kimchi. As American palates shift toward spicier condiments, this ancient Asian “pickle” is becoming more popular on U.S. tables. Just like sauerkraut, the basic ingredients of kimchi are cabbage and salt. Unlike sauerkraut, it’s fermented with a special type of red chili powder. Recipes often include ginger and scallions, and sometimes fish sauce or paste. Ancient, traditional methods of fermenting kimchi used a large crock buried in the ground. 

In this workshop, we’ll use modern equipment to make kimchi in a small batch that can ferment on your kitchen counter. Everyone will leave with copies of all recipes. If you’ve been thinking about trying kimchi, but thought it might be too complicated or too spicy, this workshop is for you!

Instructor: Teri Buhl
Location: Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association building
2520-B Camino Entrada (next to Habitat ReStore on south side of building) • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$10 for non-member

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