Category Archives: Potlucks

Welcome to 2014!

Small plant on pile of soil

Welcome to 2014! Home Grown New Mexico is offering many new classes, workshops and events this year. Many are hands-on events where you will learn how to do or make something. To view our Home Grown New Mexico class schedule go to the top menu bar and click on 2014 HOME GROWN EDUCATION CLASSES. After viewing them we hope you are as excited about them as we are! To view other classes/events offered in Santa Fe, go to the 2014 COMMUNITY CALENDAR.

This year our very popular Annual Seed Exchange will be on March 12th at Frenchy’s Barn from 4-7pm where people exchange seeds and ideas.

Our Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour this year will be on Sunday, July 27th where you will be inspired by beautiful kitchen gardens and chicken coops in Santa Fe. Stay tuned for more information as we get it together.

Come to our monthly potlucks on the last Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish and share some food and knowledge. We have guests speakers that will cover topics on gardening, beekeeping, backyard chicken coops and urban farming and an answer/question session for those needing answers to their garden questions. Novice or expert gardener? All are welcome! For more info go to the top menu and click on POTLUCKS. Our first potluck this year will be on February 25 and feature Thomas Guthrie.

Looking to garden but don’t have the space? How about getting a community garden plot? To check them out and learn more, go to the top menu and click on COMMUNITY GARDENS.

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Our Zero Waste Goal

preserve platesHome Grown New Mexico has had a goal to be zero waste since our first potluck on March 29, 2011. We asked people to bring their own dishes, silverware and cups to our first potluck.  Most people brought them!  They have continued to bring them to the next two years of potlucks.  Last summer a potluck attendee rode a bike and did not have a plate so he asked if he could use one of our reusable plates and apologized.  You are all a great group that has your own zero waste goal.

We use #5 recycled plates, cups and dishes that can be washed and reused. Preserve products can be purchased locally. They are attractive for dishes that we recycle at each event and fundraiser.  The cost was less than our 2011 paper plates and cups. The silverware that we selected can be composted, but we work with lower heat in our compost and it will not work at the community gardens.  We wash and reuse it. It is important to look at the contents of all products because corn is often used and has GMO and may also include plastic.  This will cause issues in compost piles and many places have stopped it.  What are your goals at the next potluck that you attend and see paper plates used?  Do you have your zero waste goals?

I met Jessie Emerson at the Community College giving a Zero Waste presentation. She is the Zero Waste Coordinator for the Northern New Mexico Sierra Club and has a lot of good ideas for her zero waste mission.  The class can help you decide how you can reduce waste.

Zero Waste
Railyard Community Room
(park behind SITE Santa Fe and go to metal buildings)
Sunday, March 10 at 1pm-3pm
Presented by Home Grown New Mexico and Railyard Stewards
Please RSVP for Class

Seed Exchange & Potluck Feb 28

This is a great time to start seeds for your garden.  Home Grown New Mexico will host a Seed Exchange and Seed Starting Class in the next few weeks. We hope you will join us.

Seed Exchange and Monthly Potluck
Tuesday, February 28th 6:30pm
Santa Fe Complex

  • We will have a Seed Exchange Table so bring  any seeds to share with others, envelopes or small baggies and a marking pen. You can come to pick up seeds and talk with the people that saved them. Everyone is excited to share their seeds.
  • Earth Care’s Food Cadre will talk about their year working on local food and with school gardens. Hear about volunteer opportunities this summer.
  • The Community Farm will introduce their new team and talk about volunteer opportunities this spring.  The farm raises fruits and vegetables for those in need.

Potluck January 31st

The Santa Fe Complex and Home Grown New Mexico continue the Community Homesteading Potluck Gatherings at the Santa Fe Complex.

Next event is Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30pm
NEW LOCATION: The Santa Fe Complex moved to 1807 Second Street, Suite 107. Turn in at Backroad Pizza and it is in the middle section of buildings.

  • Speaker: Want local vegetables & fruit in the winter? Meet the CSA Manager Dena Aquilina from Beneficial Farms CSA and ask questions about the food, gardening support and recipe blog. Join Beneficial Farms CSA and have a weekly pickup at convenient locations in Santa Fe and ABQ.
  • Discussion: Are you ready to plan your garden? Doug Conwell will lead a discussion about the planning process for your spring garden and questions about your winter gardens. We will have some seed catalogs to review during the potluck. Look for our early seed exchange at the February 28 potluck.

The goal of our potlucks is to bring individuals together and organically create an environment of education between the different levels of experience. Come if you are a novice, an expert, or anything in between in the topics of gardening, beekeeping, backyard chicken coops and urban farming.

Bring a dish to share with the group. We want this to be a zero waste event so please bring a plate, silverware and a cup.  You could even bring your dish or drink in a reusable container.

Home Grown New Mexico hopes to continue to communicate these events and add more speakers and activities to our calendar. To facilitate this there is a suggested donation of $5 or more. The Santa Fe Complex moved to 1807 Second Street, Suite 107. Turn in at Backroad Pizza and it is in the middle section of buildings and visit http://sfcomplex.org/ for more detailed directions. For more information on the potlucks, email homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or call 473-1403.

Potluck Nov 29th- NEW LOCATION

Join us Tuesday, November 29th at 6:30 for the last potluck of the year.

NEW LOCATION: The Santa Fe Complex moved to 1807 Second Street, Suite 107. Turn in at Backroad Pizza and it is in the middle section of buildings.

There will not be a December potluck.  Join us in 2012 on the last Tuesday of each month and watch our website for details.

  • Author Maggie Macnab will discuss her new book “Design By Nature” with permaculture concepts to describe design.  Buy the book and have it signed at the event for the discounted price of $35. $5 of each book sold will go towards supporting Home Grown New Mexico and Beneficial Farms.
  • Feedback on the potlucks, education events and garden tour.  We will have a discussion to help us plan for 2012. You can also email me at homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or call 473-1403.  We want to hear from you!

The goal of our potlucks is to bring individuals together and organically create an environment of education between the different levels of experience. Come if you are a novice, an expert, or anything in between in the topics of gardening, beekeeping, backyard chicken coops and urban farming.

Bring a dish to share with the group. We want this to be a zero waste event so please bring a plate, silverware and a cup.  You could even bring your dish or drink in a reusable container.

Home Grown New Mexico hopes to continue to communicate these events and add more speakers and activities to our calendar. To facilitate this there is a suggested donation of $5 or more. The Santa Fe Complex moved to 1807 Second Street, Suite 107. Turn in at Backroad Pizza and it is in the middle section of buildings and visit http://sfcomplex.org/ for more detailed directions. For more information on the potlucks, email homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or call 473-1403.

Potluck August 23

Community Homesteading Potluck Gatherings
The Fourth Tuesday of Every Month
Santa Fe Complex
Grow, Raise, Cook, Preserve
Teach, Learn, Mentor, Share

The Santa Fe Complex and Home Grown New Mexico continue the Community Homesteading Potluck Gatherings at the Santa Fe Complex.

Next event is Tuesday, August 23rd at 6:30pm

  • Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Swap
    This will work like a seed swap where you bring a bundle of greens, squash, small basket of tomatoes or whatever produce that you want to share with the community or donate.  This was planned at request of potluck attendees.  Please bring only produce for this event and let us know if you have additional ideas for future food swaps.  The extra food will be donated to the Food Depot.
  • The Pollinator Project
    Loretta McGrath and Tawnya Laveta will speak.  This group is teaching people to create and support a pollinator-friendly environment.  Come learn the basics, how to get involved and how to contact them.
  • Carbon Economy Series
    Iginia Boccalandro will discuss the the Carbon Economy, Carbon Farming and Regenerative Agriculture Series workshops.  Their next event is “Building Local Food Systems” on August 26.
  • Community Garden Tour
    Eight Santa Fe and Eldorado Community Gardens will hold the First Annual Community Garden Tour on Saturday, September 17 at 1pm

The goal of our potlucks is to bring individuals together and organically create an environment of education between the different levels of experience. Come if you are a novice, an expert, or anything in between in the topics of gardening, beekeeping, backyard chicken coops and urban farming.

Bring a dish to share with the group. We want this to be a zero waste event so please bring a plate, silverware and a cup.  You could even bring your dish or drink in a reusable container.

Bring food donations for the Food Depot.  They will accept locally grown produce, canned goods or dry packaged food.  We will be delivering these donations to the Food Depot at all future potluck events.  The last few months we had one bag to donate.  We hope to double that this month!

Home Grown New Mexico hopes to continue to communicate these events and add more speakers and activities to our calendar. To facilitate this there is a suggested donation of $5 or more. The Santa Fe Complex is located at 632 Agua Fria Street with parking off Romero Street before the Ark Bookstore and visit http://sfcomplex.org/ for more detailed directions. For more information on the potlucks, email homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or call 473-1403.

Potluck June 28

Community Homesteading Potluck Gatherings
Grow, Raise, Cook, Preserve
Teach, Learn, Mentor, Share

The Santa Fe Complex and Home Grown New Mexico continue the Community Homesteading Potluck Gatherings at the Santa Fe Complex. They take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Next event is Tuesday, June 28th at 6:30pm

  • Rubina Cohen from the Food Policy Council will give updates on the food assessment and other projects.
  • Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour is presented by HGNM and Edible Santa Fe.  We will talk about the self-guided tour of six gardens and urban farms on July 24th.  It is our fundraising event for the year.  We will have ticket giveaways at the potluck and also a special code to receive discounted tickets!
  • Local Organic Meals on a Budget will talk about their cooking classes every Wed and Sat.  They are a new collaboration between Kitchen Angels, Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute and Slow Food Santa Fe.

The goal of our potlucks is to bring individuals together and organically create an environment of education between the different levels of experience. Come if you are a novice, an expert, or anything in between in the topics of gardening, beekeeping, backyard chicken coops and urban farming.

Bring a dish to share with the group. We want this to be a zero waste event so please bring a plate, silverware and a cup.  You could even bring your dish or drink in a reusable container.

Bring food donations for the Food Depot.  They will accept locally grown produce, canned goods or dry packaged food.  We will be delivering these donations to the Food Depot at all future potluck events.  Last month we had one bag to donate.  Let’s double that this month!

Home Grown New Mexico hopes to continue to communicate these events and add more speakers and activities to our calendar. To facilitate this there is a suggested donation of $5 or more. The Santa Fe Complex is located at 632 Agua Fria Street with parking off Romero Street before the Ark Bookstore and visit http://sfcomplex.org/ for more detailed directions. For more information on the potlucks, email homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or call 473-1403.

Potluck May 24th

Community Homesteading Potluck Gatherings
The Fourth Tuesday of Every Month
Santa Fe Complex
Grow, Raise, Cook, Preserve
Teach, Learn, Mentor, Share

The Santa Fe Complex and Home Grown New Mexico continue the Community Homesteading Potluck Gatherings at the Santa Fe Complex. They take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Next event is Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30pm

  • Back by popular demand, we will have a Seed & Seedling Exchange Table so bring  any seeds to share with others, envelopes or small baggies and a marking pen.  You can also bring any extra seedlings with labels to share and exchange with the group.
  • Sam McCarthy, Manager of Payne’s Organic Soil Yard, will discuss ways to start composting this spring and summer.
  • Ken Kuhne of Grow Y’own will talk about his growing systems and will have an example.
  • Steve Dulfer from Dulfermetal will show us his broadfork that makes preparing your soil easy.  They are made in Santa Fe.
  • We got your feedback and moved our start time to 6:30pm and will have a kids table!

The goal of our potlucks is to bring individuals together and organically create an environment of education between the different levels of experience. Come if you are a novice, an expert, or anything in between in the topics of gardening, beekeeping, backyard chicken coops and urban farming.

Bring a dish to share with the group. We want this to be a zero waste event so please bring a plate, silverware and a cup.  You could even bring your dish or drink in a reusable container.

Bring food donations for the Food Depot.  They will accept locally grown produce, canned goods or dry packaged food.  We will be delivering these donations to the Food Depot at all future potluck events.

Home Grown New Mexico hopes to continue to communicate these events and add more speakers and activities to our calendar. To facilitate this there is a suggested donation of $5 or more. The Santa Fe Complex is located at 632 Agua Fria Street with parking off Romero Street before the Ark Bookstore and visit http://sfcomplex.org/ for more detailed directions. For more information on the potlucks, email homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or call 473-1403.

Green Drinks, Potluck and Garden Fair

This is a busy week for Home Grown New Mexico.  We have just completed Earth Day with events at Earth Care, The Santa Fe Community College and La Montanita Coop.  Our celebration included snap pea seeds for all attendees, so they could start their gardens with a healthy treat.  It was great to meet all of the people that want to grown their own food this year.  We hope to see you at our monthly potlucks, education classes and the Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour.

This week includes three important events:

  • Community Homesteading Potluck
    Tuesday, April 26th at 7pm
    Santa Fe Complex at 632 Agua Fria Street, parking on Romero
    We will have a seed exchange and hear from Food Depot, Santa Fe Time Bank and Beneficial Farms CSA
    For more information, click here
  • Green Drinks
    Wednesday, April 27th at 6:30pm
    Joe’s Diner at 2801 Rodeo Road
    We are excited to share our 2011 plans for connecting individuals, local business and organizations in gardening and urban farming.  The New Mexican wrote a great article on the program and Kathleen Chambers who founded Green Drinks in Santa Fe three years ago.  Congratulations Kathleen!
    For more information, click here
  • Master Gardener Fair
    Saturday, April 30th at 10am
    County Fairgrounds at 3229 Rodeo Road
    Our booth will be outside the exhibit hall and you can come learn about our education sessions from May to October.  We will also be selling heirloom tomato plants!
    For more information, click here

Seed Exchange on April 26

Community Homesteading Potluck Gatherings
The Fourth Tuesday of Every Month and the Santa Fe Complex
Grow, Raise, Cook, Preserve
Teach, Learn, Mentor, Share

The Santa Fe Complex and Home Grown New Mexico continue the Community Homesteading Potluck Gatherings at the Santa Fe Complex. They take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Next event is Tuesday,
April 26th at 7pm

  • We will have a Seed Exchange Table so bring  any seeds to share with others, envelopes or small baggies and a marking pen.
  • The Santa Fe Time Bank will discuss using their system as a way to share skills.
  • The Food Depot will talk about their program to grow an extra row of vegetables for donation.  We will accept donations of produce for the Food Depot at our potlucks.
  • Beneficial Farms CSA will discuss  their short-term shares, so that gardeners can enjoy local fruits and vegetables in May and June before their plants begin producing.  The CSA is year round!  Gardeners can join again in October for a winter share.

The goal of our potlucks is to bring individuals together and organically create an environment of education between the different levels of experience. Come if you are a novice, an expert, or anything in between in the topics of gardening, beekeeping, backyard chicken coops and urban farming.

Bring a dish to share with the group. We want this to be a zero waste event so please bring a plate, silverware and a cup.  You could even bring your dish or drink in a reusable container.

Bring food donations for the Food Depot.  They will accept locally grown produce, canned goods or dry packaged food.  We will be delivering these donations to the Food Depot at all future potluck events.

Home Grown New Mexico hopes to continue to communicate these events and add more speakers and activities to our calendar. To facilitate this there is a suggested donation of $5 or more. The Santa Fe Complex is located at 632 Agua Fria Street with parking off Romero Street before the Ark Bookstore and visit http://sfcomplex.org/ for more detailed directions. For more information on the potlucks, email homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or call 473-1403.