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NEW! Santa Fe starts a ‘Seed Library’


Santa Fe Seed Library Kickoff-Saturday, March 23
If you are a gardener in Santa Fe, you should be excited about this. Santa Fe is starting a Seed Library in the Santa Fe Southside Library branch off Jaguar. All free this Saturday.

The Santa Fe Seed Library will provide open-pollinated seed to the Santa Fe Community and will encourage the development of a community of seed savers and seed stewards. The Santa Fe Seed Library is a collaboration between the Santa Fe Public Library and the Santa Fe Extension Master Gardeners. In addition to providing access to open-pollinated seeds, the Seed Library will offer a number of free public programs to help facilitate the growth of a community of climate-savvy gardeners.

This Saturday is the kickoff of it with guest speakers, info tables, a Seed Swap and the movie ‘Seed: The Untold Story‘ and of course seeds! Home Grown New Mexico will be there with an info table on our classes this year and will be putting on a mini-seed swap.  It will be open from 1 to 4pm at Santa Fe Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, Santa Fe, NM, Hope to see you there!

SPRING FLING POTLUCK-this Sunday March 24

Come to our potluck this Sunday and share some food and garden experiences! Come get the class flyers for 2019!

 

Sunday, March 24th
4 to 6 pm

Spring Fling Potluck-FREE!
Come to our Spring Fling Potluck and find out what Home Grown New Mexico classes and events are being held in 2019. Please bring a dish. Jannine will go over the class schedule.

Location: Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association building
2520-B Camino Entrada (next to Habitat ReStore on south side of building) • Santa Fe
Fee: FREE for everyone! No need to sign up-just show up!

SEED EXCHANGE-WED MARCH 13

Home Grown reminder:

Wednesday, March 13th
4 pm to 6 pm

Home Grown New Mexico Seed Exchange-FREE

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.

*New this year– book sale of gently used gardening books and magazines-cheap!

Location: Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association building
2520-B Camino Entrada (next to Habitat ReStore on south side of building) • Santa Fe

Fee: FREE for everyone! No need to sign up-just show up!

 

 

 

Class Discount Sale!!

Home Grown New Mexico is having a sale on most classes/events for 2019! We are reducing prices on most classes for members from the current price of $10 down to $5 per class! Come join as a member and sign up for the classes while sale last.

Not yet a member? We are reducing prices on most classes for non-members from the current price of $20 down to $10!

Sign up now, but hurry sale won’t last forever!

*Exception: Cheesemaking class will stay the same price due to high costs.

2019 CLASS/EVENT SCHEDULE

Below is the classes/events schedule for 2019 with detailed info on each class and sign up through EVENTBRITE. You can print off an abridged version (to put on your refrigerator!) here: 2019 HG CLASS SCHEDULES

2019 schedule

MARCH 2019

Wednesday, March 13th
4 pm to 6 pm

Home Grown New Mexico
Seed Exchange-FREE

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. *New this year– book sale of gently used gardening books and magazines-cheap!

Location: Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association building
2520-B Camino Entrada (next to Habitat ReStore on south side of building) • Santa Fe
Fee: FREE for everyone! No need to sign up-just show up!

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Sunday, March 24th
4 to 6 pm

Spring Fling Potluck-FREE!
Come to our Spring Fling Potluck and find out what Home Grown New Mexico classes and events are being held in 2019. Please bring a dish. Jannine will go over the class schedule.

Location: Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association building
2520-B Camino Entrada (next to Habitat ReStore on south side of building) • Santa Fe
Fee: FREE for everyone! No need to sign up-just show up!

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APRIL

Sunday, April 7th
12 noon to 2 pm

Porridge Adventure:
Beyond Oatmeal
Expand your porridge horizons with heritage grains and locally sourced toppings. Sweet and savory flavor profiles make a hearty and healthy grain based porridge good for any meal. We will explore how to get a perfect consistency with various grains such as oats, rye, quinoa and rice and work with seasonal toppings that complement the grain combinations.

Instructor: Paul Drumright
Location: Paul Drumright’s house
6 Cuesta Road • Santa Fe (in Eldorado), NM
Fee: $5 for members/$10 for non-member

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Whole Grain Porridge

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Sunday, April 14th
12 noon to 2 pm

Hoop House Gardening-
Grow Y’ Own-Be Your Own Farmer Year Round!
Ken Kuhne produces affordable, renewable, Western Red Cedar hooped raised garden or grow beds for growing one’s own food supply. Come learn how garden or grow beds will help you reduce your carbon footprint. Support the Green movement so essential to the health of our planet and giving you the ability to grow vegetables year round!

Instructor: Ken Kuhne
Location: Santa Fe Community College/directions will be given
to participants
Fee: $5 for members/$10 for non-member

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Hoop House Gardening

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MAY

Sunday, May 5th
12 noon to 2 pm

Learn how to do a  drip system and save water!
This hands-on class is an introduction to installing your own drip irrigation in your garden, which is the best and most water-efficient way to water your plants. You will learn which parts you’ll need, how to connect your irrigation system to a faucet, how to set the days, times, and duration with a water timer. Then you will help plan and install drip irrigation in a raised vegetable bed and a flower garden. Irrigating shrubs and trees will also be discussed. Bring needle-nose pliers and hand pruners. Mike McGeary and Jannine Cabossel will show you all about drip systems, and how to simple it is to do your own.

Instructor: Mike McGeary and Jannine Cabossel
Location: Mike McGeary’s casa: 835 E. Zia Road • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$10 for non-member

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Learn how to do a drip system and save water!

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Sunday, May 19th
12 noon to 3 pm

Cheesemaking: Creamy Feta
Hands on-learn how to make a soft, creamy Feta cheese with goat’s milk. Feta is first recorded in the Byzantine Empire and was associated specifically with Crete. Traditionally, feta has been made by peasants in all of Greece from sheep’s milk, although goat’s milk has been used in more recent times. Take home samples.

Instructor: Diane Pratt
Location: Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association building
2520-B Camino Entrada (next to Habitat ReStore on south side of building) • Santa Fe
Fee: $20 for members and non-members
Space is limited to 12 people-Waiting list will be available.

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Cheesemaking-Soft Feta-NEW!

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JUNE

Sunday, June 9th
12 noon to 2 pm

Masa in the Casa: TORTILLAS
Join us for a workshop on how to make homemade wholegrain corn tortillas! Corn tortillas are best steaming fresh and are simple and fun to make at home.

Using a variety of colorful heritage and local corn we will demonstrate how to nixtamalize and grind it into masa. Try your hand at pressing and cooking the tortillas! Taste and compare the variety in flavor and textures…

Instructor: Alessandra Haines and Diane Pratt
Location: Steve and Alessandra Haines house:
52 Mansion Drive • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$10 for non-member
Hands-on: limited to 12 people

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Whole Grain Tortillas

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Sunday, June 23rd
12 noon to 2 pm

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

Please sign up through Eventbrite:

Eventbrite - Kimchi

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JULy

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

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Native Bee Houses

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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

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) Hydroponic Tour

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AUGUST

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

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Mer-Girls Farm Tour

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August 25th
12 noon to 2 pm
Flowers Good Enough to Eat
Growing edible flowers can be incredibly easy. Add beautiful colors to your meals with edible flowers! In this class, we will learn about which flowers are edible flowers. We will walk around the the Tomato Lady gardens and gather edible flowers and herbs. Then, we will taste our freshly cut flowers and sample some dishes made with them. Samples will include flower butter on crostinis, a cherry tomato salad with a soft herb vinaigrette and flowers and fresh berries with a lavender whipped cream. Handouts included.
Instructor: Jannine Cabossel/The Tomato Lady
Location: Tomato Lady Farm: 56 Coyote Crossing • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$10 for non-member

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Edible Flowers

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SEPTEMBER

Sunday, Sept 8th
12 noon to 2 pm

Gnocchi–Fluffy little pillows of potato-y pasta goodness!
We will be making 2 varieties of these wonderful, and versatile, Italian pasta dumplings. One will be a classic russet potato gnocchi and the other will be a healthier sweet potato gnocchi. You’ll be amazed at how quick and easy it is to make this delectable dish! Learn to make gnocchi by hand with Pam Goff. Free tastings! Delizioso!

Instructor: Pam Goff
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

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Gnocci

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Sunday, Sept 22nd
12 noon to 2 pm

Jammin’ Jellies
What happens when we have a bountiful fruit year or when a friend stops by with a few pounds of fruit? If you’re not into crushing grapes with your feet-make jams and jellies! Even if you’re diabetic, you can preserve your own tasty, healthy treats.

Jam, jelly, butter, marmalade, preserve, or conserve–what are they? Is pectin always necessary, and what kind should you use? What sweeteners work? Is it OK to seal jars with wax like Grandma did? This workshop explores these questions and more!

Most of us don’t have root cellars today, but we have modern equipment and ingredients that extend shelf life and make exciting new recipes possible that Mom & Grandma only dreamed of. Tired of that boring grape and strawberry jam the supermarket sells? Attend this workshop and discover a whole new world of tasty fruit spreads!

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

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Jam On!

 

Organizing 2019 Classes/Events

 

Hello Home Grown members and not yet members!
As Home Grown is preparing and organizing our 2019 classes/events, we hope your new year is off to a fabulous start. I know all this snow we are getting is really helping the trees and plants and it is a good time to plan out your gardens and for us to plan out the Home Grown New Mexico classes. We are excited about several new things on the horizon we want to share with you.

We are gearing up for an exceptional season of supporting our members with gardening, preservation, fermentation and cooking classes to help us all create a more sustainable life for ourselves whether you live in the city or countryside.

We will start our season with the Seed Exchange which will take place at Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association from 4-6 pm on March 13th.

We are tightening up our class info right now and will put out the actual classes/schedule in a few days. Stay tune for the classes to be released in early March.

Together let’s make this one the best year yet!

Mountain West Seed Summit coming!

We wanted to share an upcoming event from one of our friends. If you haven’t been to one of their Seed Summits, it’s well worth it.

The Second Mountain West Seed Summit coming February 22 and 23 in Santa Fe, NM

Institute of American Indian Arts with Special Field Trip February 21 to Tesuque Pueblo & other seed sites

Register now: RockyMountainSeeds.org