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Sun. July 12
Kitchen Counter Gardening-CLASS FULL
Learn how to grow micro-greens in your kitchen!
Time: 12 pm-2 pm
Instructors: Alessandra Haines & Mike Warren
Location: 3229 Rodeo Road (Rodeo Grounds/Large Annex building Master Gardener classroom)

Eventbrite - Kitchen Counter Gardening

This fast-growing market has become tremendously popular with both growers and chefs. For growers, Micro Greens have a low start-up cost for year-round production, are relatively easy to grow, and most can be harvested within 2-3 weeks. For chefs, they allow for interesting colors, flavors, and textures to be creatively combined to enhance any dish. Come learn how to grow micro-greens with Allesandra and Mike!

Help keep this class free! Become a 2015 Member here for only $35 – includes all classes, potlucks and tour. TAX DEDUCTIBLE!


 Sunday, July 26

2015 HGNM KItchen Garden Tour_ad _green

Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour
Time: 9 am-3 pm
Locations: Addresses of all 5 properties and a map will be posted here by July 15.
Cost: $25. children under 12 free. You can pre-pay below or pay at the tour at any of the homes. Cash, Check or credit cards accepted.

The 5th Annual
Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour
Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 9 am to 3 pm

See five kitchen gardens in Santa Fe. Pick up ideas that you can use at your place or just enjoy these beautiful, edible and functional landscapes.

The properties on the tour this year will feature many gardening ideas—beautiful vegetable gardens, herb gardens, fruit and nut trees, backyard chicken coops, goats, beehives, composting,  green houses, a neighborhood community garden, edible landscapes and rainwater harvesting systems. For more info on each property, go here or purchase tickets below at eventbrite.

Eventbrite - 5th Annual Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour

Winter Garden Update

iStock_000001276625XSmallFresh greens and herbs in January?  You can have them in Santa Fe. Winter gardening takes some planning in the late summer and fall to prepare a covered space for a winter garden.

A winter garden will save money buying expensive perennial herbs and cooking greens. Parsley, oregano and thyme can grow inside of a hoop house or cold frame to use in the winter. These are all perennial herbs that can live through frost and will live inside of a place with a warmer daytime temperature.  The herb starts are the best thing to plant in August to grow larger for the winter. A community garden has parsley growing and we do not have to purchase it at the grocery store.

Cooking greens taste wonderful as a side dish or mixed into soups. These include Swiss Chard, Kale, Collard Greens and Arugula.  Some heavier lettuce can also grow in colder temperatures. Planting the seeds inside of a hoop house or cold frame in August or early September will have them large enough to eat during the winter. January has less light so the greens do not grow as quickly, but late February and March are prime time to harvest these and save money from purchasing. Here is a great way to cook your greens.

Here are some tips to start your garden and updates on the community garden’s harvest.

1. Build a hoop house or cold frame in your yard.  Here are some tips.

2. Take the temperature. A simple thermometer that takes the temperature of your cooking turkey can be taken outside to measure the soil temperature. The soil can freeze and still have these plants live, but it should stay above 40 degrees for them to be edible. We have used a larger hoop house and smaller (2′ hoops and row cover) inside to keep the temperature higher this winter.

3. Use water to raise the temperature. We moved 55 gallon drums into the hoop house and filled them with water to keep a few degrees higher at night.  Take the temperature with your kitchen oven thermometer.

4. Keep the doors closed when it is cold.  These past few weeks have had a closed hoop house at the community garden. We open the doors when the temperature is above 50 degrees and close them at night.  You can also purchase a heat sync to open the windows without going to the hoop house each day.

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

Papercrete Greenhouse Workshop on Saturday

This is from Mike & Molly’s House blog about our Papercrete Workshop this Saturday at 10am at 747 Old Las Vegas Highway. What is papercrete? Why should I come? Read below and see the photos. Pretty great way to use recycled paper.


This Saturday, May 5th, we’re putting on a papercrete greenhouse building workshop In conjunction with Homegrown New Mexico.  If you’re thinking paper whodiewaha?  Check out these posts on papercrete where I go over what it is,how to make papercrete blocks and how to make your own papercrete mixer.

The greenhouse has been a work in progress for the past four years.  Every year around plant starting time I’m kicking myself for not finishing it.  I’ll bet we get a bunch done this weekend though.  Hopefully the momentum will carry forward and the greenhouse will get finished this year.

At the workshop we’re going to cover how to mix papercrete and cast it into blocks.  Then we’ll take some blocks that I made last year and use the same papercrete mixture to mortar the blocks together for the walls of the greenhouse.  It’s going to be a lot of fun so if you’re in or near Santa Fe you should come on over on Saturday from 10-12:30.

I did a post on the greenhouse a year ago on my old blog- Stuff I Made This Year.  I’m re-posting it so that y’all can get an idea of what we will be working on…



The proposed greenhouse

Once upon a time there was a family that really wanted to build a greenhouse (pretty much just me). It was going to be about 15′ x 20′, made out of recycled windows and other scavenged building materials. I really wanted to have a place in the challenging New Mexico climate to nurture young plants and be able to expand the regular growing season. After debating the merits and disadvantages of various places in our yard we chose a site for the future greenhouse.

I spent a couple months of evenings and weekends flattening the site and digging a trench by hand. Next, I used a bunch of styrofoam forms (think giant legos) that Molly got from a concrete contractor to insulate and form the foundation walls that run from the footer to the top of the trench. We only got corner pieces (whadya expect? they were free) so I took the pile of corners, cut them up and fit them together to make the foundation walls. Molly helped me pour the foundation over the course of three weekends.

We created a ridiculously over sized foundation for the requirements of such a light structure. The concrete cost about $600 which used up our entire building budget for the year. The only visible result of all this labor and money was a rectangular perimeter of concrete at ground level.

That was Phase 1. Phase 1 was three years ago. As time passed other projects took precedent and the weeds took over their previous home again. In the winter we would dream about getting the greenhouse finished but there would be 3 feet of snow on the ground.

We had a milder winter this year and in January I decided that I was going to get my greenhouse. Instead of using the $600 foundation we had already I decided I was going to make an entirely different structure in an entirely different place.  As Molly watched and bit her tongue I started making plans to put an addition on the south end of our house that I could put up over the course of a couple weekends.

My idea was that it would be faster to build (so it would actually happen) and it could help heat the house plus one wall was already built. We even had a garden bed there already. I spent a day transplanting the chives and swiss chard that were hanging on and taking out a fence and gate that enclosed the garden.

My day of prep taught me a valuable lesson. Even though the south facing garden got sun in the summer, in the winter the angle of the sun was low enough that the trees blocked any direct light on my proposed greenhouse.

So much for plan B. Back to Plan A! I pulled up the weeds and shoveled out the dirt that had accumulated on the foundation.


Starting to build

With only a vague idea of what the final shape of the building is going to be I put in posts at the corners and middles of each wall. I want a structure that is attractive to look at but also very energy efficient. Originally I was going to build a classic house made of windows but after reading a book on solar greenhouses from the library I decided that maximizing the solar gain by extending the south facing roof down lower than I had planned was the way to go.


The current greenhouse plan

I’m also insulating the north facing roof and all the walls except the southern one which will help significantly in retaining the heat gained during the day. I have 8′ poles sticking out of the ground right now but the south wall will end up to be about 3′ tall and the North wall 5′ or so.

The lower part of the north wall is made out of concrete block and has an integrated pond. I back-filled the block with rammed earth to add mass to help store heat.


The inside so far…

The bottoms of the rest of the walls are made with re-purposed plywood concrete forms I got from the Re-Store that were cut to fit and bolted to the columns to help stabilise them. They will get insulated with styrofoam insulation. The remainder of the north, east and west walls will be finshed with papercrete block. The south wall will be glazed with windows taken from an old fire lookout station.


From the outside so far…

I had my spurt of construction activity in January and then it snowed. By the time February arrived I needed to shift my focus to setting up an indoor seed starting station and getting planting beds built for the Spring. Once again the greenhouse sits… patiently waiting for Phase 3.


Phase 3 came and went.  We got the walls going over one weekend last summer.  Here are a few pics from that spurt of productivity:

Getting ready to stack blocks

Getting ready to stack blocks

Making progress!

Making progress!


Smoothing the mortar

Come on down to the Mini-Farm this weekend and get your hands into some papercrete muck!  You can tell your friends you helped build a papercrete greenhouse!  Not everyone can say that.

Community Gardens 2012

Do you want to grow vegetables, but don’t have enough space in your yard? Want to learn more about gardening from your neighbors? Meet more people in your area? Join a community garden this year.

Santa Fe has eight community gardens. They are gardens that are divided into individual plots of approximately 10’x12′ but will vary between locations. They have five to thirty-five plots in each garden. Each plot is leased to families or people in the neighborhood for an annual fee of $15-$25. They are open from April to October or some locations may be open year-round. Garden members have access to their plot during the garden season.

The Parks Division has opened four gardens in city parks in the past few years. There are also gardens on privately owned land that are 15 years old. Two more gardens are planning to open in Tierra Contenta this year in Plaza Contenta and at the Zona del Sol location as Earth Care builds youth, community and education gardens. Despite the differences, the gardens all operate in a similar way. Residents can join the gardens in March and April. Each garden has a group of neighbors that coordinates the community, plans activities and may offer classes.

Here is a list of garden contacts:

1. The City of Santa Fe Community Gardens are Sunny Slope Community Garden, La Familia, Maclovia Community Garden and Frenchy’s Community Garden.  Contact Jessie Esparza at 955-2106 for details.

2. Plaza Contenta is opening a community garden in 2012. Contact Dave at 986-2934 or dave@phaseonerealty.com.

3. The El Dorado School Community Garden has a  website for more information.

4. The Milagro Community Garden on Rodeo Road is currently accepting new gardeners and has a waiting list. Email milagrocommunitygarden@gmail.com for information.

5.  Railyard Park has a website  www.railyardpark.org for more information on joining the garden and events and workshops.

Come to Home Grown New Mexico’s March 27th Potluck at 6:30pm at the Santa Fe Complex on Second Street to meet Fabian Chavez and Jessie Esparaza from the Parks Division to discuss community gardens in city parks. Bette Booth from the Community Garden Council will also be available to discuss updates from the spring planning meetings and her experience as a community garden member. Watch our website menu Community Gardens to see updates and additional information.

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

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.

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

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.

Organic Pest and Disease Control Class- June 25

Organic Pest and Disease Control
Saturday, June 25
9:00 to 10:30 am

Presented with the Milagro Community Garden

Jannine Cabossel, a Master Gardener and ‘The Tomato Lady’ at the Santa Fe Farmers Market will teach a class on what organic controls to use for pests and diseases for vegetable crops. Jannine has extensive experience in growing vegetables organically on her 2000 square foot garden using all organic methods. She will provide information and handouts on how to control: aphids, squash bugs, squash vine borers, tomato hornworms, leafhoppers, cabbage loopers, grasshoppers and many other bugs that harm or eat our crops. She will talk about tomato diseases and how to trouble shoot them. She will also talk about many of the fungal diseases that attack tomatoes and curcubits (squash, cucumbers) and what organic methods to use to help these crops. Come learn how to grow vegetables using organic methods.

Click here to follow her blog

COST: Suggested $5 donation to community garden

LOCATION: Milagro Community Garden on Legacy and Rodeo Road.  Turn on Legacy and the parking lot is on the right, behind the Lutheran Church of the Servant.  Call 473-1403 or email homegrownnewmexico@gmail.com for questions.

Santa Fe School Gardens Tour

Join us to tour seven Santa Fe school gardens on Friday, June 10 from 9am-5pm. This event was coordinated by Earth Care and co-sponsored by Home Grown New Mexico.

Come check out the diverse school gardens Santa Fe has to offer. Each site will have a coordinator to lead you on a tour and answer questions about the school’s garden program. Be sure to remember sunscreen, water, and a hat! Light refreshments will be provided.

We invite you to attend any or all of the tours. We will meet at Acequia Madre at 9am and will coordinate carpooling for those interested.

9-10am Acequia Madre Elementary

10-11am Aspen Community Magnet School

11am-12pm Salazar Elementary

12-1pm Lunch

1-2pm Santa Fe High

2-3pm Capital High School

3-4pm Monte del Sol Charter School

4-5pm Amy Biehl Community School

For more information and to RSVP, please contact:

Katie Maley, Earth Care at katie.maley@gmail.com