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Seed Saving Ideas

Last week we held our last potluck of 2012 and had Richard Bernard (from Pojoaque Pueblo Farmers Market, Greenhouse and Farm as well as Seeds of Change) to discuss what we needed to do in Santa Fe to increase seed saving. Pablo Navrot from our board presented a TEDx talk titled, Restoring Agricultural Diversity Through Backyard Seed Saving, on Saturday to start people thinking about how they can save seeds in their home gardens.  We have started this discussion and are planning more classes and discussions in 2013.

Let us know your feedback.  What do you want to learn?  Is there a type of seed that you want to save? Have you created any new varieties in your garden?

Here are some 2013 Events for Seed Saving
Bring  any seeds to share with others in a packet from the store or that you saved. You can also bring envelopes or small baggies and a marking pen. We will have a seed saving class to show people how to label seeds with year, seed type and other information.

Home Grown New Mexico Potluck
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:30pm
Whole Foods on St. Francis in Community Room
Cool Season Seed Exchange Table During Potluck

Santa Fe Seed Exchange
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 4pm – 7pm
Frenchy’s Barn
Parks Division of Santa Fe and Home Grown New Mexico

Native Bees

Paul Navrot provided a class at Milagro Community Garden on native pollinators and here is a summary and some of the tools.  This is the information that he put together and you can contact him below at his website.
The Native Bees Class on Sunday, May 20th included a discussion focused on the cultivation of non-honey producing, North American bees.   These non-aggressive pollinators serve an important ecological function in agricultural practices of all scales that incorporate crops not dependent on wind-pollination.  Gardeners, or anyone interested in supporting, cultivating, and observing these crucial roles in the ecosystem can rear mason and leaf-cutter type bees by building habitat.  Adult bees rear larvae in nests created using mud or vegetation – mason and leaf-cutter types respectively, in bored holes that are found in tree trunks.  A gardener can imitate this habitat by drilling horizontal, or slightly downward holes in dead wood that receives morning sun and is protected from rain and snow.  A paper lining or cardboard tube inserted into this cavity can allow the harvesting of young in the event of incomplete emergence the following year.  Special attention should be given to integrate a diversity of flowering plants, particularly natives, in garden compositions for sources of nectar and pollen. Included as part of this class was actual construction where the class built and installed a bee-brooder-post at the Milagro Community Garden.  Employing basic carpentry, the class quickly transformed two pieces of untreated ‘two-by-four’ into a bee brooder that is capable of rearing hundreds of mason and leaf-cutter type bees.  The brooder-post serves as highly conspicuous place where people can observe the life processes of pollinators while they assist in the fruit and seed setting of crops in nearby gardens.
Published resources for more information regarding native bees …
Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees,” by Dr. Beatriz Moisset, and Dr. Stephen Buchmann.

The New Mexico Native Bee Pollinator Project

Penn State Extension, “Wild Bees as Alternative Pollinators

This Template will help you drill holes for your bees- drilling template

Pablo Navrot’s website/ garden journal

Become A Yardmaster at the Railyard

Here is an announcement from the Railyard Stewards on an opportunity to help keep the park beautiful and learn about the landscape.

We’ve Been Working on the Railyard

Discover how one day of your time, 24 hours over the year, will help the Railyard Stewards keep the Railyard Park on track. Orientation for the new Railyard Yardmasters volunteer gardeners is Saturday, March 24 at the Railyard Community Room, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Local experts will discuss the history, design, and gardens of Santa Fe’s favorite outdoor public space. To register, or for more information contact Alanna of the Railyard Stewards at 505-316-3596 or alanna@railyardpark.org and visit www.railyardpark.org.

Railyard Yardmasters garden together to keep Santa Fe’s favorite public space vibrant and beautiful while learning about life in the high desert. No prior experience or knowledge is necessary! There are many incentives to being a Yardmaster including free training and workshops, the intangible reward of enriching the visitor’s experience of the Railyard Park, and dedication awards.

Did you know that the Santa Fe Railyard Park was created through one of the largest community park planning projects in the country and has won numerous awards? The Railyard Park is an innovative 10-acre outdoor space with community food gardens, unique recreation areas, xeriscaped gardens, and meadows of native grass and wildflower. Along with coordinating the Yardmasters and service learning opportunities at the Park, the Railyard Stewards fill the park with positive, engaging community activities. The more we bring this care and programming to the park, the safer and more vibrant it becomes.

Seed Starting Class March 3

Garden Seed Starting Class
Saturday, March 3
10:00 to 11:30 am

Presented by Home Grown New Mexico and the Railyard Stewards

DESCRIPTION AND BIO:
Jannine Cabossel, a Master Gardener and ‘The Tomato Lady’ at the Santa Fe Farmers Market will teach a class on how to start seeds for your garden. Jannine has extensive experience in growing vegetables organically on her 2000 square foot garden using all organic methods. Follow her blog. COST: Suggested $10 donation

LOCATION: This event will take place in the Railyard Park.  Meet at the community room behind SITE Santa Fe, off of Paseo de Peralta.  It is a metal corrugated building.

QUESTIONS: Contact homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or call 473-1403.  Visit homegrownnewmexico.org for details of other community homesteading classes this year.

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.

Santa Fe Community Garden Tour

The community gardens will host the first annual Santa Fe Community Garden Tour on Saturday, September 17 from 1pm-4pm.  Gardeners will be available in seven locations during these hours to give tours, answer questions and provide information to sign-up for the 2012 garden season.  This is a free event.

Gardens include: Frenchy’s, La Familia, Sunnyslope, Railyard Park, Maclovia, Milagro and Hopewell.  A map of these locations will be posted on santafecommunitygardens.org before the tour.  Most locations are near downtown and have a short distance to drive or bike.

The tour is self-paced so guests can visit the gardens in any order.  Visit your neighborhood garden or visit one or all of them if you do not have a community garden yet.  Parking is available at all gardens.  Please park on the street at Maclovia and Sunny Slope as there is not a specific parking lot for those city parks.

BEFORE THE TOUR: Come by our table at the Harvest for Peace event at the Railyard Park from 10:30AM-1PM.  It is presented by the Railyard Stewards and Roots & Shoots and will have live music, fun & educational activities, face painting and a parade at 12:30.  Home Grown New Mexico will share the table and will have recipes for refrigerator pickles, samples and vegetable identification games.

Come to the tour to see local food, meet gardeners and see amazing vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers.  Some gardens will have garden fresh food and herb water for you to enjoy.  Learn about hoop houses, fall/winter gardens and water catchment. Hear the stories of the plants and critters that lived in the gardens this year.  Visit one or all seven community gardens.

For more information and map: Call 473-1403 or santafecommunitygardens.org

Photos of the Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour

We enjoyed seeing all of you at the Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour.  Thank you to everyone that took photos and sent them to us.  We will be posting photos of each location so that you can remember some of the beautiful plants, lively animals and great ideas from the six homeowners.  If you have more photos, please send to homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or call 473-1403.  These are photos of Don Emery’s gardens by Sky Bat Studios.  More will be posted next week in our Kitchen Garden & Coop Menu.

Entering Don’s garden at the Welcome Table

Cheerful volunteers from the parking area to the welcome table and the garden

Raised beds, cold frames, pots and planting areas are all used in this garden

Guests enjoyed the different areas of herbs, vegetables and fruit trees

Temperature controlled cold frames extend the season of greens and vegetables

Guests looked at the fresh greens

Swiss chard!

Thank you for joining us

Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour

Don’t miss the First Annual 2011 Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour on Sunday, July 24 from 9am – 2pm.  This is a fundraising event for Home Grown New Mexico and Edible Santa Fe.  Visit six gardens and talk with the homeowners. Other features of the tour include:

  • Vegetable Gardens & Fruit Trees
  • Backyard Chicken Coops
  • Examples of Fine Potagers
  • Cold Frames & Container Gardens
  • Master Gardeners

The location addresses are listed below with a brief description. A map will be posted by Sunday, July 17.  Visit gardens in any order as tickets will be accepted at all locations.  Tickets will be $35 on the day of the tour at any tour location (cash or credit card), but buy them now online with the discount code CLUCK.  All discounted tickets must be purchased online by Saturday, July 23rd.

Tickets are sold online at Brown Paper Tickets
click here to buy tickets

Questions: homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com or 473-1403

SIX SPECTACULAR LOCATIONS

1- DON EMERY 930 Paseo de Andres
Don Emery is one of our faithful board members at Home Grown New Mexico. Don’s love of culinary gardening grew from his passion for cooking. What began with a couple raised beds seven years ago, developed like a finely tuned recipe. Today he has fourteen beautiful home-made specimens complete with hoops and covers, amidst numerous containers filled with happy veggies . His temperature controlled cold frame makes even the most seasoned gardener green with envy. Don also constructed a lovely potting shed, planted fruit trees, installed perennial edible beds and grows several potato varieties in straw. His attention to detail makes Don’s gardens are as aesthetically beautiful as they are utilitarian. A ‘not to be missed’ on the tour.

2- SONDRA GOODWIN 1615 Cerro Gordo Road
Why did Sondra Goodwin buy half an acre of concrete, asphalt and Astroturf six years ago? Because, she had a vision of Eden concealed beneath it. It took three years to remove the last of the concrete exposing hardpan dirt- like a rock. After another three years of digging, amending, and bed building, it is a truly spectacular potager teaming with life and beauty. Sondra grows most of her own food, through all four seasons. Surplus is shared or stored in her root cellar for winter enjoyment. Aside from traditional heirloom cultivars, she enjoys growing unusual varieties like tobacco, Campanula ranunculus, molokhia, shiso, water spinach, Japanese mugwort, and long snake dancer melon. Sondra preserves sauerkraut, jams, salsas, pickles and honey from her bees, and tends a small covey of quail and several ducks.

3- NATE DOWNEY and MELISSA MCDONALD 1104 Don Gaspar Ave.
Nate and Melissa’s property offers a double meal deal. They are co-owners of Santa Fe Permaculture, an ecological landscape-design, consultation, and installation company. Their spacious yard is truly an example of their success.  Perennial vegetables and herbs are artfully tucked amidst flowers, berry bushes and stone fruit trees. Three 4’x8’covered, raised beds feature the annual veggies; a bean tee-pee entertains the kids, while their five hens occupy a passive solar, multi-room coop. Nate and Melissa have a water catchment and cistern system capable of collecting 22,000 gallons of rainwater in an average year!  The tour doubles as a book signing. Nate will be on hand to sign his new book, Harvest the Rain.

4- BOB ZIMMERMAN and JERRY SILVERSTEIN 2233 Calle Cacique
Bob, a life-long gardener and retired biology teacher moved to their present home three years ago with his partner Jerry and began transforming the property with finesse. A quaint picket fence now encloses two raised veggie beds and the hen house- a not to miss, luxury, two-story adobe suite with clearstory windows, vegas, beams, canales, flagstone portal, and run. Masonry beds overflow with ripening harvest. Grapevines, raspberries, gold and red currents are tucked and trellised. Potted tomato plants line the walk, while two enormous Bing cherry trees shade the patio. They have two hand-painted topbar hives and a specifically designed flower garden that provides pollinator habitat. All this and much more to enjoy and inspire!

5- THE BAKER FAMILY 2053 Camino Lado
The Bakers live on a small residential lot in central Santa Fe, and every square inch of which is packed to its potential, producing an abundance of fresh fruit, flowers, veggies, berries, and nuts. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Reese owns and manages The Rain Catcher Inc, a full service design/build landscaping company. Rainwater is collected in above and below ground storage tanks and used for irrigation. Gray water from the house is channeled to fruit trees and a constructed wetlands that filters the water and fills a small pond. They are developing a ‘food forest’ landscape where most of their annual vegetable garden is intermixed with perennials.  All this, plus bees and five happy hens in a homemade coop of recycled materials. A great example of what one can accomplish in a small, city lot!

6- STEVE and MORIA PETERS 1706 W. Alameda St.
The Peters are life-long horticultural experts, plant professionals and gardening educators. They double as residents and caretakers of the Tres Placidas del Rio Co-housing Community garden. Nestled along the Santa Fe River and tucked beneath a canopy of elms and cottonwoods, the gardens are nearly a ¼ acre of cultivated land, teaming with life. Aside from the cornucopia of vegetable crops, perennial beds overflow with herbs, raspberries and asparagus.  Sable Saanen dairy goats and chickens occupy the home-made straw bale barn, complete with it’s own water harvesting system. Animal bedding and kitchen waste feed impressive compost piles that feed the soil, which feed the edibles – that in turn, is gratefully received by all community members.  A wonderful model of community gardening!

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.

Volunteer for the Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour

Sondra Goodwin's Garden Beds

Bob Zimmerman's Chickens

Do you want to see amazing edible gardens and backyard chicken coops in Santa Fe?  Volunteer for the Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour on Sunday, July 24th.  We are hosting this with Edible Santa Fe as a fundraising event.  Tickets are on sale at Brown Paper Tickets for $35.  The tour will include water catchment, permaculture, heated raised beds, unique vegetables, fruit & nut trees, herbs, chicken coops, hand-painted beehives and a barn with goats.  Here are photos of two locations on the tour.

We need volunteers for the morning, afternoon or all day.  Here are some opportunities to be involved:

July 22 afternoon to pick-up tables

July 24 early morning to assist with posting signs before tour

July 24 morning from 8am to 12pm at one of the tour locations

July 24 afternoon from 11am to 3pm at one of the tour locations

July 24 all day from 8am to 3pm at one of the tour locations

July 25 morning to return tables

Volunteer activities will include assisting the homeowner at tour sites, directing parking, ticket taking, answering questions and posting event signs. There is a required 1 hour training on July 16 or 17.  You don’t need to be a garden or chicken expert to volunteer!  Most of the questions and activities will be around the event.

Home Grown New Mexico also has monthly events, computer work and other ways to help.  Visit our Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour page for more details or contact Amy at 473-1403 or homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com.