Category Archives: EDUCATION

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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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!

 

 

 

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!

Boozy Garden Delights

Hey there are still a few openings for this event on Sunday! Read on and sign-up below. FREE TO MEMBERS.

Sunday, Sept 9th—
12 noon to 2 pm

Boozy Garden Delights
Preserve the flavors of the harvest with alcohol based digestifs and amaros. Learn to extract flavors from local fruits, herbs and conifers and make delicious and unique liqueurs. We will discuss suitable plant material, making simple syrups and aging the final product. We will also have a tasting of last season’s projects.

Instructor: Steve Haines
Location: Steve and Alessandra Haines house:
52 Mansion Drive • Santa Fe
Fee: FREE for members/$10 for non-member

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What to do with all that Zucchini class TODAY!

It’s not too late-you can still go to the Farm to Table class-What To Do With All That Zucchini. It’s today from 12 noon to 2 pm. Hope to see you there. Here’s the info.

Sunday, Aug 12th—
12 noon to 2 pm

Farm to Table-What to do with all that Zucchini?
If you’re wondering what to do with all that zucchini and summer squash, then this is the class for you! We will be making delectable recipes with zucchini, from chocolate zucchini muffins and mock apple crisp to zucchini tater tots and spiralized zucchini pasta and more!  We will show you how to make the recipes and you will get to sample them as well. Yum!

Instructor: Pamela Goff
Location: 2520-B Camino Entrada (Santa Fe Area HomeBuilders Association-next to Habitat ReStore on south side) • Santa Fe
Fee: Free to members/$10 for non-members

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