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2020 class/events schedule

Below are the classes/events schedule for 2020 with detailed info on each class and REGISTER through EVENTBRITE. You can also find this page through the CLASSES/EVENTS on the top menu on this website. You can print off an abridged version (to put on your refrigerator!) here: 2020 HGNM Class:Event Schedule Please note to get the MEMBER rate, you must be a member FIRST. Other wise you pay the NON-MEMBER rate. To become a member to get the discounted rate,  go to the MEMBERSHIP page in the top menu above and then come back here to sign up and register.

NOTICE:

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, ALL MARCH, APRIL AND MAY EVENTS ARE CANCELLED. 

THERE ARE STILL MANY CLASSES AVAILABLE LATER ON THAT YOU STILL CAN SIGN UP FOR)

WE WILL RE-EVALUATE JUNE CLASSES AND WILL NOTIFY YOU WHAT IS GOING ON. PLEASE DON’T DESPAIR.

WE WILL RESUME THE REMAINING CLASSES WHEN WE CAN AND NOTIFY YOU.

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2020 schedule

MARCH 2020
Wednesday, March 18th 4 pm to 6 pm-CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS Home Grown New Mexico Seed Exchange-FREE Get ready for the new gardening season! If you are looking for free seeds for your vegetable, herb or flower garden or have some seeds to share, start off this new gardening season with us at the Santa Fe Seed Exchange. This year, Home Grown New Mexico’s Seed Exchange is back at Frenchy’s Barn. Location: Frenchy’s Barn at Frenchy’s Park • 2001 Agua Fria • Santa Fe, NM Fee: FREE for everyone! No need to sign up-just show up! The Santa Fe Master Gardeners will be at the event with a table for gardening questions and will have handouts. ______________________________________
Sunday, March 22nd 4 to 6 pm-CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS Spring Fling Potluck and Class Events Intro- FREE! Come to our Spring Fling Potluck and find out what Home Grown New Mexico classes and events are being held in 2020. Please bring a dish. Jannine Cabossel will go over the class schedule. Location: Chrysalis Nutraceuticals: 130 Siringo Road, Suite 103 • Santa Fe, NM Fee: FREE for everyone! No need to sign up-just show up!
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Sunday, March 29th
12 noon to 2 pm
Tsukemono Pickling Workshop-CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
Tsukemono are preserved vegetables that are pickled in salt, miso, shoyu, vinegar etc. They come in great varieties and forms and provide accent to meals. You don’t see a Japanese meal without tsukemono. In this workshop, varieties of tsukemono will be introduced, and there will be a demonstration of three types of tsukemono—lacto-fermented nappa pickles, amazake (sweet koji paste) pickles and miso pickles. This is different than a regular pickling class-way more exciting!
Sadewic was born and grew up in rural setting in southern Japan. After exploring different diets, she is incorporating all the lessons she learned and teaching Nourishing Traditional Japanese Cooking Classes at her little kitchen, focusing on fermentation. In 2017, she became a Certified Koji Professional and has been sharing the wisdom of her tradition with the community.
Instructor: Nao Sadewic
Location: Chrysalis Nutraceuticals: 130 Siringo Road, Suite 103 • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-member
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APRIL 2020
Sunday, April 5th 12 noon to 2 pm-CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
Recycled Water and Wicking Beds
Richard Jennings of Water Management Associates is the state of New Mexico’s leading water management expert. He specializes in water conservation techniques, active and passive water harvesting systems, effluent recycling, septic systems, and landscape ecology.  
In addition to his day job, Richard has an extensive garden and greenhouse that utilizes wicking beds. He is also working on a solar thermal water heating project. This is a great opportunity to see several innovative water management techniques and meet a real expert in the field. Bring your questions and project ideas!
Instructor: Richard Jennings of Water Management Associates
Location: Richard’s property: 30 Camino Sudeste • Santa Fe, NM
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-member
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Sunday, April 26th
12 noon to 2 pm-CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
Wake up! Get Your Garden Ready For Spring
Jannine Cabossel, The Tomato Lady, will show you how to prepare for the upcoming veggie gardening season. Come learn how to garden in our harsh enviroment. Give youself the ability to grow vegetables year round with these gardening tips!
Instructor: Jannine Cabossel/Tomato Lady
Location: Jannine’s mini-farm • 56 Coyote Crossing • Santa Fe, NM
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members
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MAY 2020
Sunday, May 3rd
12 noon to 2 pm-CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
Leaf & Hive Brew Tour & Demo/Jun & Kombucha Making
Leaf & Hive Brew is now offering its unique Honey Brew probiotic alchoholic beverages to Santa Fe. Unlike regular kombucha, Andrew and Fred Lucas ferment their Jun beverages from green tea and/or oolong, with honey and add flavors such as ginger, hibiscus, and botanicals. The result is like a delicious sparkling mead! This is a rare opportunity to learn about this ancient brew and tour the facility. Afterward, we’ll participate in a tasting of what they have on hand in their taproom. Come thirsty! Only 21 years of age and older.
Location: 1208 Mercantile Rd. • Santa Fe, NM
Fee: $10, for members/$20 for non-members
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Sunday, May 17th
12 noon to 3 pm-CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
Cheesemaking-Buratta-NEW!
Hands on-learn how to make a soft, creamy Buratta cheese. Traditionally, Buratta has been made in Italy from cow or sheep’s milk. Each participant will make the cheese and take some home.
Instructor: Diane Pratt
Location: Steve and Alessandra Haines house: 52 Mansion Drive • Santa Fe, NM
Fee: $20 for members and $25 for non-members Hands-on: limited to 12 people-Waiting list will be available.
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JUNE 2020
Sunday, June 14th 12 noon to 2 pm
Hypertufa Planter Workshop & Demo
Get ready for spring 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: Jannine Cabossel’s mini-farm: 56 Coyote Crossing • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members
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Sunday, June 28th
12 noon to 3 pm
Lunch in the Field
Join the Rio Grande Grain team to tour and LEARN about the 2020 ancient and heirloom grain trials at Mergirl Gardens in La Villita, NM. This season we have 20 varieties of wheats, ryes, spelt and barleys being trialed. After the field tour enjoy a four course GRAIN BASED LUNCH featuring many of the grains we have been working with in the kitchen and in the field. The vegetarian lunch will be prepared by our grain team: Ron Boyd, Christine Salem, Deborah Madison, Diane Pratt, Jody Pugh, Hal Bogart and Alessandra Haines.
Location: La Villita, NM (North of Espanola-DIRECTIONS BELOW)
Fee: $25 for members/$35 for non-members • limited to 20 people
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JULY 2020
Sunday, July 19th
12 noon to 2 pm
Dehydrating the Harvest
Have you thought about getting a food dehydrator to preserve seasonal produce for later enjoyment? 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 products, 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 and tofu jerky, parmesan, tomato & zucchini chips, sun-dried tomato crackers, fruit rollups and leathers.
Instructor: Bob Zimmerman
Location: Jannine Cabossel’s mini-farm: 56 Coyote Crossing • Santa Fe, NM
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members • limit to 20 people
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AUGUST 2020
Sunday, August 2nd
12 noon to 2 pm
Getting Seedy: Why & How to Save Your Seeds
Join Master Gardeners & Certified Seed School Teachers Susie Sonflieth and Jody Pugh. In this workshop, you’ll learn the advan- tages 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: Susie Sonflieth and Jody Pugh
Location: Chrysalis Nutraceuticals: 130 Siringo Road, Suite 103 • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 to members/$20 for non-members
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Saturday, August 29th
12 noon to 2 pm
Reunity Resources Farm Tour
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 carbon 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 committed 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, NM
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members
______________________________________ SEPTEMBER 2020 Sunday, September 13th 12 noon to 2 pm Wood Fired Pizza Ever wonder why the pizza that you make at home is not the same as what you get at your favorite pizzeria? One of the main factors is that a home oven never gets hot enough to cook pizza at the temperatures it needs. Come try baking pizza in a home built wood fired oven at 700 degrees and see the difference for yourself. We’ll discuss wood fired ovens, cover making dough with both sourdough and commercial yeast leavening and a variety of flours including heritage and ancient wheats. Sauces and toppings will be discussed, slathered and baked on a bunch of pies to sample! Instructor: Mike Warren Location: Mike Warren’s house: 747 Old Las Vegas Highway • Santa Fe, NM Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members ____________________________________ Sunday, September 27th 12 noon to 2 pm Tamales-More Masa in the Casa! Learn to make fresh, fragrant tamales with colorful local and heritage corns and a variety of creative and traditional fillings. We will explore nixtamalization and grinding the corn as well as using masa harina with various types of shortenings including vegan options. Try your hand at filling, wrapping and cooking tamales. Tasting and comparing both savory and sweet tamales will wrap up the afternoon. Dianne Pratt and Alessandra Haines are big fans of all things masa and work with the Rio Grande Grain project. Instructor: Diane Pratt/Alessandra Haines Location: Steve and Alessandra Haines house: 52 Mansion Drive • Santa Fe Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members ______________________________________ FALL POTLUCK2 copy Sunday, Oct 11 4 pm to 6 pm Fall Harvest Potluck–FREE bring a dish! Guest speaker: Deborah Madison Come listen to Deborah Madison-author of 14 cooking books and her latest book, a food memoir called ‘An Onion in My Pocket’ Location: Mike and Sherry McGeary’s house • 835 E. Zia Road Fee: FREE! But please register

Graze Days in the Railyard Park

Hey everybody-Goats and sheep will be grazing in the Railyard Park on Oct 28 through Oct 30 from 11-4 pm each day! The project aims to restore the health of the soil and the Blue Grama grasses on the corner of Cerrillos Rd and Guadalupe. Come out and bring yourself, friend or child and take pics of them cleaning up the area. Should be fun!

For more information, go to the Railyard Park Conservancy

Jamming Jellies Class -Sunday-Sept 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:
THE LOCATION FOR THIS CLASS HAS CHANGED.
THE NEW LOCATION IS:
130 SIRINGO RD. (East of St.  Francis)

With all the fruit harvests this year, you might be a wee bit overwhelmed! Come learn how to preserve these foods and make jams and jellies. Interested? Read on!

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: 130 Siringo Road (just east of St Francis) • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$10 for non-member

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Jam On!

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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

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Mer-Girls Farm Tour

 

 

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

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) Hydroponic Tour

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!