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Slow Food Santa Fe 2022 Annual Farm Tour


Slow Food Santa Fe is putting on a 2022 farm tour and we at Home Grown NM want to support them and our local farmers. So if you would like to join them read below-sounds like a great outing!


Join Slow Food Santa Fe for a unique opportunity – get to know your farmers and see where and how your food is grown at our tour this year near Española.


DATE: Wed, September 14, 2022

TIME: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM MDT

Tours at each of the farms will take place on the hour – 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm with participants self-selecting where they want to start.

Directions and maps (including other local attractions) will be provided upon sign-up. We encourage carpooling, as parking is limited at some of the venues.


DESCRIPTION: This year’s Slow Food Santa Fe Farm Tour promises to be a treat! From farmers recently starting out to farmers on land that has been farmed for over 400 years, we promise a variety of delightful experiences!

Join us on this self-guided tour as we visit Khalsa Family Farms in Sembrillo, The Vagabond Farmers in La Puebla, and Santa Cruz Farm and Greenhouses in Española, all within a few minutes of each other and only about 20 minutes from Santa Fe on beautiful country roads.

Directions and maps (including other local attractions) will be provided upon sign-up. We encourage carpooling, as parking is limited at some of the venues.

Each of the farms will have produce for sale, so bring your shopping bags! We can’t wait to see you there!


2022 Home Grown NM Annual Seed Exchange


Home Grown NM is offering our Santa Fe SEED EXCHANGE this year for one day only.

WE ARE BACK! This year we have rented the Railyard Conservancy room behind SITE Santa Fe for one day only, across the street from the Farmers Market. It will be inside the room and also outside the room. !0 people at a time will be allowed to enter the room but you can look at the outside tables with seeds also while you wait to get in. The garage doors will be open for air circulation. Masks required.

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. Please bring any seeds you may have to share. It is not necessary but helps keep our seed supply going. Please identify any seeds you are sharing.

Tuesday, March 22th
2 pm to 4 pm

Home Grown New Mexico Seed Exchange-FREE

Where: Railyard Park classroom 701 Callejon (behind SITE Santa Fe) off Paseo de Peralta • Santa Fe
Fee: FREE for everyone!


Farm Tours are back!

This year there will be two fabulous farm tours this fall in September.

The first tour is the Reunity Farm Tour on September 11 put on by Home Grown New Mexico and co-sponsored by Slow Foods Santa Fe.

The second farm tour is the Green Tractor Farm tour on September 22 put on by our friends from Slow Foods Santa Fe and co-sponsored by Home Grown NM.

We hope you can make both! Here’s the info below to sign up for either or both.

About these events:

Saturday, Sept 11, 2021
12 noon to 2 pm

Reunity Resources Farm Tour

Sponsored by Home Grown New Mexico and co-sponsored by Slow Foods Santa Fe. 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 car- bon 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 commit- ted 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
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members



Wednesday, Sept 22, 2021
1 pm to 3 pm

Green Tractor Farm Tour

Slow Food Santa Fe and Home Grown New Mexico are delighted to co-sponsor a tour of Green Tractor Farm in historic La Cienega near Santa Fe. We’ll meet this multi-generational farming family, learn about the farm and its history, and hear about the current growing season and its challenges. Then we’ll take a tour of the fields and greenhouses. Before departing we’ll have an opportunity to purchase produce and flowers so bring your shopping bags! (Green Tractor takes cash and credit cards.)

Green Tractor Farm received the 2013 Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Institute “Farmer All Star” award for their contributions to the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. And more recently Green Tractor was recognized by the Santa Fe Pojoaque Soil and Water Conservation District for managing their farm to maximize the productive capacity of their land. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this remarkable farm!



Green Tractor Farm received the 2013 Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Institute “Farmer All Star” award for their contributions to the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. And more recently Green Tractor was recognized by the Santa Fe Pojoaque Soil and Water Conservation District for managing their farm to maximize the productive capacity of their land. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this remarkable farm!

Further details and directions will be sent to those registered before this event.

Dehydrating the Harvest class this Sunday August 15

There are still spaces available for this class. If you ever been to one of Bob Zimmerman’s classes, you know it will be great and informative and free samples! We will have a canopy and chairs outside spaced out for safety. Plus a bonus-after the class if anyone wants to walk in the veggie garden, you are welcome to tour it with me. It is even MORE beautiful than after the last class. Sign up below to reserve your space.


Sunday, August 15, 2021
12 noon to 2 pm

Dehydrating the Harvest

Have you thought about getting a food dehydrator to preserve seasonal produce? 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, 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 jerky, Parmesan, tomato & zucchini chips, sun-dried tomato crackers and fruit rollups.

Instructor: Bob Zimmerman and Mike McGeary
Location: 56 Coyote Crossing • Santa Fe (Tomato Lady’s property)
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members


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!



Come to our Annual Seed Exchange this Friday, March 3rd and on Sunday, March 5th we have our 1st class-Making Sourdough Bread! Don’t miss them!!



Friday, March 3rd—5 pm to 7 pm FREE!
Home Grown New Mexico Seed Exchange
If you are looking for free seeds for your vegetable or flower garden, come to the Santa Fe Seed Exchange-new location!
Location: Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Pavillion Bldg 1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM (park behind SITE Santa Fe)
Fee: FREE for everyone! No need to sign up-just show up!



img_20161111_090755-1Sunday, March 5th—12 noon to 2 pm
Sourdough Bread Making
Learn how to make sourdough bread! Learn the timeless craft of how to use flour, water, salt and sourdough culture to flavor and leaven bread. It’s as simple and nourishing as it gets. Don’t be intimidated by bread making any longer.
Instructor: Mike Warren
Location: 2520-B Camino Entrada (Santa Fe Area HomeBuilders Association-next to Habitat ReStore on south side • Santa Fe, NM
Fee: FREE for members/$5 suggested donation for non-member

Please sign up through Eventbrite:

Eventbrite - Sourdough Bread Making


Welcome to 2017 -a New Gardening Year


Hello everyone and welcome to a new gardening year! By now hopefully you are receiving you seed catalogs in the mail and deciding on your seeds for your 2017 gardens.

We here at Home Grown New Mexico have woken from our slumber and are now planning this year’s events. January is an exciting month where we are planning many NEW workshop/classes as well as some of the favorites like cheesemaking will be returning.

t-emojiWe can’t let the cat out of the bag yet but as soon as they are firmed up, we will tell you. It’s going to be a great year!

Sunnyslope Meadows Community Garden to be named The Amy Hetager Garden. Potluck to follow.

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Amy Hetager

Amy Hetager as many of you know was one of the founders of Home Grown New Mexico and passed away 2 years ago of brain cancer at the tender age of 40. She was the heart and soul of our organization and was a great inspiration to all who knew her. Home Grown New Mexico would not be the organization it now is without all her hard work and vision. She was also a Santa Fe Master Gardener and helped bring both organizations together for the Kitchen Garden & Coop tour where Master Gardeners help with our tour.

The Parks Division worked closely with Amy Hetager on the community gardens while she was alive. Since her passing, they have worked on changing the name of one of the community gardens in honor of her. As with any bureaucratic venture, it has been a long, arduous journey and we are thrilled that Jessie Esparza of the Parks Division has carried the torch to make this happen. They will officially re-name the Sunnyslope Meadows Community Garden on the north side of town to The Amy Hetager Garden on October 24th and there will be a celebration potluck afterwards for this great honor. Home Grown New Mexico rescheduled our fall potluck to time it with the renaming event.  The community potluck is sponsored by the Parks Division and Home Grown New Mexico.  The Parks Division decided on a weekday to accommodate  family members of Amy who may join us. Even if it’s on your lunchbreak, come enjoy the food, camaraderie and stories of our dear friend.

Won’t you please join us and bring a harvest dish to share in her honor?
Below are the details of the events and a map to Sunnyslope Community Park.


Date: Monday, October 24th, 2016

Time: 11:30-Ceremony at Sunnyslope Meadows Community Park  (soon to be Amy Hetager Community Park)

Where: Sunnyslope Meadows Community Garden. 
Address: 304 Avenida Aliso (it’s across from Alto Park and you can turn off W. Alameda onto Sicamorro  then turn right on Cedar and then turn left). Get map here: sunny-slope-community-garden-map

The potluck location has been changed to Frenchy’s BARN due to the chairs/tables live there and it can be inside if the weather is cold.

Time: 12:00 potluck lunch

Address: 1200 Agua Fria Rd

What to bring: Bring a food dish to share with others in celebration of Amy.

Sorry for any confusion. The Park Dept just changed things a little. BUT WE STILL WANT YOU THERE!!

Call Jannine at 505-660-4986

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