FREE Backyard Farming Workshop Series Starts this Saturday, March 14

I am so excited to organize this five day series on sustainable garden design for Bernalillo County Open Space’s Backyard Farming Program. This will be the last “urban farming” type workshop I will teach before I start medical school. Hope you can join me!

Starting this Saturday, March 14, and running through May at the historic Gutierrez-Hubbell House in the South Valley, I will bring a local expert to co-teach the Landscape for Life workshop series. This Saturday, I will give an introduction into planning your sustainable garden using permaculture design principles, and Shawn Hardeman will teach about getting to know and improve your soil.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or taking a fresh look at an established garden, this series will have someone for everyone.

If you pre-register, you will receive a free Landscape for Life workbook, and participants who attend all five sessions will be entered into a drawing to win a rain barrel and other valuable prizes at the final workshop.

Register here. The remaining workshop dates are on the Backyard Farming website. Questions? Call Colleen Langan-McRoberts at 505-314-0398.

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FREE Workshop Saturday 11/15 on Conservation Farming

Join us for the final workshop in the 2014 Backyard Farming series. The forum will be a panel discussion on conservation farming, sustainability in your home garden, bees, native plants, Permaculture and more! Speakers will be the ever entertaining and informative Isaura Andalauz of Cuatro Puertas and Save New Mexico Seeds, Michael Reed of La Orilla Farm, and Wes Brittenham of Plants of the Southwest. The discussion, with “show and tell” items, will take place from 9:30am-11am at the Gutierrez Hubbell House with refreshments served from 11am-11:15am. We will recap the year’s series and  invite you to share your feedback about this year’s workshops and give your ideas for next year’s series from 11:15am-12pm. Hope to see you there!

RSVP to Colleen Langan-McRoberts.

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Local Food Festival and Field Day

This fun and FREE annual event takes place tomorrow, Sunday, October 12th, from 11am to 4pm at the Gutierrez Hubbell House. Music, food, workshops, vendors, and so much more. It’s always a fun event. Hope to see you there! More info here.

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FREE Fermentation Workshop Saturday 9/20/14

This Saturday will be the final workshop this year in the Bernalillo County Open Space Backyard Farming Workshop Series at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House. Come learn about food preservation via fermentation and dehydration with Sophia Rose of La Abeja Herbs! I look forward to seeing you there!

More details about the series can be found here. RSVP to Colleen McRoberts.

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Free Canning Workshop Saturday, 9/6

Food Preservation I : Hot Bath Canning and Pressure Canning

Saturday, September 6

This much loved workshop is back again as part of the Bernalillo County Open Space Backyard Farming Workshops! There are many ways to enjoy the harvest all year round. Join Kim Pophal at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House to find out how to put food up for the winter with methods such as hot bath canning and pressure canning. Participants will learn about methods, appropriate equipment and trouble shooting. We will get hands on and tasting! Bring your favorite recipes to sample and share! RSVP to Colleen Langan. This workshop starts at 9:00am and takes place at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW.

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FREE Backyard Barnyard Workshop Saturday 8/16

Interested in keeping goats or sheep or pigs? As part of the Bernalillo County Open Space Backyard Farming Series, I will be teaching a free workshop on dairy goats at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House this Saturday, August 16th, starting at 9am, and Robin Miller will be teaching a workshop on sheep and pigs starting at 11am.

Desi says she wants to go to Farm Camp!
RSVP to Colleen Langan to secure your space and don’t forget to register when you arrive to be entered for our giveaways at the end of the workshop. Looking forward to seeing you there!


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Float-Rope Doormats

I rarely post product reviews, but I am so happy with these doormats from the Maine Float-Rope Company, and they’re made in the United States, and they are made with recycled float rope, the repurposing of which helps keep our oceans clean, and they look good!

Maine Float-Rope Doormat

Pretty purple doormat!

No shedding of annoying fibers with these doormats. They work great!

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