CLASSES/EVENTS ARE UP!

Sorry if you checked in earlier today to see what classes we have but we were pedaling as fast as we could to get it done today! We are now happy to announce that they are up on this website. you can go to the top menu and will see all of them under the CLASSES/EVENTS menu or you can go here now and get there as well. Hope you get as excited about them as we are for this year!

Almost here!

Here’s a little tickler.
We are almost done with the planning for this year classes and events
and will announcement logorelease the info a little later this week once we complete the finishing touches. But I can tell you this—we will have the Seed Exchange, 10 classes, 2 potlucks, 2 workshops and the Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour. It’s going to be an exciting year with lots of new stuff to share with you. Check back in a few days!

Happy 2016 everyone!!

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So while winter is here and the gardens are sleeping, we at Home Grown New Mexico are not sleeping. With the new year here, we are busy planning classes and events that we on think will be interesting to you in 2016. We plan on having a meeting later this month to firm things up and will then share with you all the good news as it unfolds.

We also will have some changes in how the membership works this year that we know you will like. Our membership doubled last year and hope you will all join again!

Last year we know we were on the right track as every class filled up and we got some great feedback. We learned that Sundays seems to be good for everyone and you all will even travel on a field trip like the one we had up at Gordon Tooley’s Tree Farm in Truchas.

Some other highlights last year included the cheese classes (we plan to have more this year), the Permaculture classes, the Seed Exchange, the Early Spring Planting Class, the Microgreens Class, and actually every class was great! I know cause I went to every one of them and learned so much from all the great teachers.

Then we had a great Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour last summer with every home on the tour having fantastic gardens that gave us all some great ideas for our own gardens.

We had a potluck in the fall with Deborah Madison as our guest speaker and had a fantastic turnout. It was held at Paul and Christine Drumright’s beautiful home.  It seemed like this was the perfect time for everyone to catch up, share some great harvest food, enjoy Paul’s gardens and house and listen to a wonderful speaker.

So let this be a tickler before we unfold what 2016 reveals!

Happy 2016 everyone!!

Jannine Cabossel
Chairperson, Home Grown New Mexico

World Food Day, 2015

World Food Day
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
12:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Santa Fe Fairgrounds off Rodeo Road
Come to this event. Home Grown New Mexico is not involved in putting this on but feel that topic is relevant and should be a great event. Hope to see you there.
On Friday the Food Policy Council of Santa Fe will be hosting an event in celebration of World Food Day.  Check out the flyer below for the list of events.
toast a farmer Santa Fe Master Gardener Association will be represented at the panel discussion at 3:00 pm  at the Rodeo Grounds off Rodeo Road (through the white gates) in the Large Annex (classroom). The topic will be the current state of urban gardening and farming throughout Santa Fe County.
John Alejandro from the City will also be on the panel to discuss the state of the long-awaited Urban Agricultural Ordinance which will allow the sale of garden produce from our homes. This will be a great event with all kinds of activities, culminating with a great Pop-up Pot-Luck dinner at 6:30 pm.

The Mother of all Backyard Gardening Courses

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For those of you interested in learning more about Permaculture and applying it to your property and gardens, you need to read on and then take this course. It is offered by Michael Reed whose was our instructor for our Heiugelkultur class this spring. We learned a lot in this class but realized there is so much more to learn from him about Permaculture. This class is not put on by Home Grown New Mexico but we fully support what Michael does and are excited he is offering this 6 month class to all of us.

Michael Reed is a Permaculture instructor and farmer in the South Valley in Albuquerque. His versatile background includes three terms as president of the New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association. He is a dedicated educator and advocate for ethical and responsible living, and works tirelessly to preserve and enhance regionally appropriate agroecosystems.

He is a founding member of the Save New Mexico Seeds Coalition and is part of a collaborative effort to collect and cultivate heirloom and adapted fruits, nuts, berries and perennials that can thrive in New Mexico’s challenging environment. There are currently over 600 different varieties in the collection, with over 400 found at his farm. Currently he is working on the design and installation of three different food forest projects throughout the state.

With over twenty five years of experience in year-round growing in this region, Michael teaches portions of the Permaculture Design Certification course offered by the Permaculture Institute as well as his own, year-round, Mother of All Backyard Gardening Courses.

Michael’s farm, La Orilla, is a living laboratory bursting with diversity. From the several hundred fruit trees to the perennial greens beds to the greywater fed vegetable beds there are working examples of theory being put into practice everywhere you turn.

The Mother of all Backyard Gardening Courses is a very comprehensive but affordable class that meets twice a month for six months at his farm in the South Valley.  The course runs twice a year from equinox to equinox.  The new session starts September 26th. Michael is graciously allowing people to come to the first class for free to try out the course before they commit to the series.

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.  After taking the class you will come away with a profoundly changed view of gardening.

If you would like your gardening efforts to work with nature in a deeper more skillful manner there is no better series of classes available than the Mother Course.  Come to the first free class to see for yourself. If you can’t make the first class or the whole series don’t fret.  You are welcome to drop in and take the classes a la carte. Just contact Michael so he knows to expect you.

Click on the links below for Michael’s contact information, more detailed information on the course and the topics covered in each class.

Mother Course 2015 Dark Side flyer

Mother Course 15-16 Dark Side class descriptions

 

Native Bee Walk in the Railyard Park

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Native New Mexico bee. Photo courtesy ofhttp://www.pollinatorparadise.com/nm.htm

Hey ya all-This might be of interest to you this weekend if you are interested in native bees! Want to learn more about identifying and how to attract native bees to your garden? Read on!

Saturday, September 19
NATIVE BEE WALK in the RAILYARD PARK

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Where: Meet at the Railyard Park’s Community Room located directly behind SITE Santa Fe

Join the Railyard Stewards and Dr. Olivia Carril for a Native Bee Pollinator Walk in the 13-acre Railyard Park. In addition to identifying the bees we discover, Olivia will discuss the importance of bee habitats and pollen to the lives of native bees and how you can draw native bees to your garden, in addition to identifying the plants that attract bees to this rich, diverse urban landscape right in the middle of Santa Fe.

Recap of last night’s fall potluck

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This year we haven’t had any potlucks until last night. It was a great success with Deborah Madison as our guest speaker—41 attended! Paul and Christine Drumright’s house is really beautiful and their gardens are inspirational. The many mini hidden gardens where people could gather was fabulous and gave many of us some great ideas. Most of us came away very inspired! Thanks for offering up your house.

The food was great from all our garden harvests and Deborah’s talk was wonderful and entertaining. It felt like all of us were among old friends although many new friends were made too. Thanks to everyone who came-you all made it a great event!