FREE Workshops at the Backyard Farming Series: Six Classes to Create a Sustainable Home Garden

Please pre-register at www.bernco.gov/BCOS-Events or call (505)314-0398 and show up early to guarantee a seat! 

2014 Backyard Farming Workshop Series

All workshops are FREE and run Saturdays from 9:00am to 12:30pm at the    Gutierrez-Hubbell House Open Space located at  6029 Isleta Blvd   (3 miles south of Rio Bravo).  A collaboration between Bernalillo County Open Space, The Gutierrez-Hubbell House Alliance and Erda Gardens and Learning Center.

Six part Devine Design Series to

Create a Sustainable Home Garden 

This six part series will cover all the basics you need to plan, design or modify your home garden landscapes. With a focus on sustainability, permaculture and the wise use of our limited natural resources, the information in each class will build on those previous. Participants will leave with the tools to assess their home gardens and have a chance to share ideas and plans at the concluding workshop. Testing soil, mapping rainwater harvest potential and choosing correct plants are just a few of the topics to be covered. Don’t have a garden space at home? That’s ok, we will also be observing, analyzing and planning for the demonstration garden and the Historic Hubbell House.

March 8th   ~  Sustainability in the Home Garden, Solar Gain and Garden Planning   Participants will learn how to observe and assess their current landscape in order to plan for a bountiful and multi purpose garden space. Special attention will be given to existing structures and the sun’s path throughout the year. Let nature tell you where your garden fits best! Hosted by Michael Reed or La Orilla Farm, a permaculture project based in Albuquerque’s South Valley.

March 22nd ~ Water Harvesting and Conservation Techniques        We live in a desert! Find out how to conserve water while fulfilling your garden’s water needs.  Mapping hardscapes, observing low spots and understanding how water permeates different soils will all be touched on. Harvesting rain water and simple DIY systems for grey water will shift your thinking from water scarcity to water abundance.

April 5th ~ Soil Structure and Soil Building
Any gardener will tell you the most important thing is your soil. However, soil is a complex ecosystem all its own! Come to this workshop to understand how to determine what type of soil you have and how to build healthy soil over time to increase fertility and vitality. Shawn Hardeman will cover soil science, what soil is made of and what that means to the backyard farmer. Bring a pint jar of your own soil and learn how to complete a simple soil test at home.

April 19th ~ Choosing Appropriate Plants and Planting Techniques     Food, medicine, shade, pollinator and wildlife forage are just a few of the different gifts plants give us. Choosing plants that are appropriate for our climate and region can also make the difference. Participants will leave with varieties that add both beauty and abundance to the home landscape and garden. Timing and technique for planting will also be covered in this workshop.

May 3rd ~ Constructing an Garden Space Using Sustainable Materials     This class will explore the garden as an outdoor living environment.  From trellises and shade structures to walls and walkways, salvaged and natural materials can form the backbone of your garden environment.  Come be inspired to re-purpose your way into a fun and productive backyard.

May 17th ~ Completed Garden Designs: Participant Presentations & Certificates   Those who attend all six classes, receive a certificate of completion and will be entered to win amazing garden related gifts.  If the wish, participants at this time will have the opportunity to present ideas for their home garden spaces or the demonstration garden at Gutierrez-Hubbell House.

This Saturday, November 9th ~ Learn how to build habitat in your backyard garden!

November 9th  ~  Conservation Farming Forum

We all want to conserve and enhance our precious resources and wildlife. Learn innovative  techniques that can create habitat that invites birds and pollinators on your property while creating a lovely garden for you and your family to enjoy. A panel of speakers including Wes Brittenham of Plants of the Southwest, Amanda Bramble of Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center, Michael Reed of La Orilla Farm, and Miranda Jacobson of Bees Knees and Hummer Hangout will present on creating foodsheds that include and encourage all forms of life on the farm.

All workshops for the 2013 season are FREE and run from 9:00am to 12:30pm at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House Open Space located at 6029 Isleta Blvd (3 miles south of Rio Bravo). A collaboration of Bernalillo County Open Space and Erda Gardens and Learning Center.

Visit our webpage and sign up to get notices on future events: https://osbackyardfarming.wordpress.com/Image

FREE Workshops in September for the Backyard Farming Workshop Series

Both workshops are Saturday  from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Go to  www.bernco.gov/openspace to pre- register!

September 7th   ~   Food Preservationcucs in a pickle

There are many ways to enjoy the harvest all year round. Find out how to put food up for the winter with methods such as hot bath canning, pressure canning and lacto-fermentation. Participants will learn about methods, appropriate equipment and trouble shooting. Bring your favorite recipes to sample and share! Hosted by Kim Pohpal

September 21st  ~   Seed Saving

seed savingSeed saving is both art and science, but anyone an learn the basics of saving common veggie and herb seeds. See how saving garden favorites can ensure a more adaptable crop for the future in this informative workshop.  Participants will practice harvesting home grown tomatoes seed as well as other commonly saved seeds. Hosted by Joshua Cravens of Save New Mexico Seeds and Arid Seed Cache.

 

The Backyard Farming Workshop Series Returns after a Summer Break

Workshops are FREE and open to the public.

Saturday  from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Go to  www.bernco.gov/openspace to pre- register!

August 17th ~ Backyard Chickens and Goats

Learn what you need to keep chickens or goat as part of your urban homestead. Participants will leave with the knowledge of what chickens and goats need in terms of shelter, space, food and best breeds, as well as ongoing care, common problems and potential products that can be harvested from chickens and goats.chicken

And coming up….

September 7th ~ Food Preservation Methods

September 21st ~ Seed Saving

FREE Workshops in May for the Backyard Farming Workshop Series

Both workshops are Saturday  from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Go to  www.bernco.gov/openspace to pre- register!

May 4th   ~   Water Wise Gardening

We live in a desert! Find out how to conserve water in your thirsty garden. Hosted by Amanda Bramble of the Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center, a permaculture project based outside of Cerriollos. acequiaParticipants will learn low-techonology and DIY solutions to address the sustainable use of our most precious resource. Amanda specializes in Sustainable Habitat Site Analysis and will speak to completed projects such as grey water and rainwater harvesting.

March 11th   ~   Composting Intensive

Come with your compost conundrums! Our expert, John Zarola from the Bernalillo County Master Composters will be on hand to give you the answers to your toughest compost questions. Participants will leave with information on both “hot” acompostnd “cold” composting methods as well as lists of what to add and what to avoid adding too much of in your compost. Leave with all the tools you need to compost effectively.

 

FREE Workshops in March for the Backyard Farming Workshop Series

Both workshops are Saturday  from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Go to  www.bernco.gov/openspace to pre- register!

March 9th   ~   Edible Landscapes

ThIMGP1004ere are many options for Albuquerque growers to have year round goodies to pick and savor. This workshop will cover garden basics and help you choose the best fruits, veggies and herbs to build a beautiful, edible garden in your own yard. Nissa Patterson of Albuquerque Growing Gardens Team will present on her front-yard garden project and how it has intrigued and impacted her community. Michael Reed of La Orilla Farm will present on Permaculture design and the concept of “food forest.”

March 16th   ~   Soil Science & Composting

Any gardener will tell you the most important thing is your soil. Come to this workshop to understand how to determine what type of soil you have and how to build healthy soil with composting. Shawn Hardeman will cover soil science, what soil is made of and what that means to the backyard farmer. John Zarola of Bernalillo Master Composters will explain compost methods and compost building so that participants will be ready tcomposto begin at home. Bring your soil and compost questions!

 

2013 Backyard Farming Workshop Schedule is Here!

Hello Friends of the Backyard Farming Workshop Series!

As always, this workshop series is FREE and open to the public. We are happy to announce that many of your favorite workshops will be back again by popular demand this year AND we are adding a few new ones due to community request!

Our first workshop will be Fruit Tree Care on February 2nd! Learn all about planting, pruning and ongoing care for your fruit trees. We will also cover which varieties do best in our region and climate.

To see the complete 2013 schedule of workshopsOpen Space Photos 170 go here!