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Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service

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4-H Newsletter March Bernalillo County

Honeybee Swarm Season

This spring is an active bee swarm season, which is fantastic to see for agriculture, but may raise alarm to fearful residents. First, please relax. Swarming bees are docile and very unlikely to sting. They are searching out a new place to establish a colony. To report a swarm or undesired hive, please call 243-1386 or visit the ABQ Beeks.

A more detailed profile of honeybees

PROGRAM NOTE: Bernalillo County Extension Offering Series on Emergency Preparedness for the Home

This series of classes helps you to prepare for emergencies both in the home and in case of evacuation -- floods, fires, electrical outages. Would you know how to cook? What to take if you had to leave your house for an extended period suddenly? What about those pets?

Registration is required for each of the classes. Please call 505-243-1386 to sign up or email Cindy Davies.

Please note that some classes may have associated material costs.

Click here for the full series program

NMDA to Host AgriFuture Conference May 12-14 in Albuquerque, NM

NMDA will be hosting the AgriFuture Educational Institute

NMDA is pleased to announce that it is working with a dozen other agencies and organizations across New Mexico agriculture to coordinate and host the 2014 AgriFuture Educational Institute in Albuquerque, May 12-14. The institute aims to inform, inspire, and connect the next generation of farmers, ranchers, and others in agriculture. It is open to those 40 and under; veterans of our armed services are encouraged to attend.

The agenda promises an exciting three days:

  • Tours of agribusinesses
  • Breakout sessions with industry leaders
  • Mentor dinners with industry leaders
  • Networking opportunities to connect with up-and-coming farmers and ranchers like yourself

Area Growers and Farmers Markets

Early Spring MARKETS

  • Downtown Growers Market Early Spring Market every Saturday from 9am-1pm at 906 Park Ave SW behind Java Joe's and Firenze Pizza

  • Downtown Market Regular season opens May 17 at Robinson Park

  • Los Ranchos Market Apr 12 from 10am - noon at 6718 Rio Grande Boulevard NW

  • Los Ranchos Market regular season will open May 3, 2014 from 7am - noon

  • Railyard Markets a new market to open on Sunday May 4th. website

Hot Topic

NMSU Learning Games Lab offers free mobile apps in regular and HD for iPhone, iPad & IPod Touch, featuring:

Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives: for home, farm & ranch. Programs include anaerobic digesters, biodiesel, home energy, farm energy, micro-hydro, small wind, solar electricity, solar hot water. Tool kit available.

Ever wondered how cheese makes it to your table, or cotton is turned into clothing? Field Trip! will answer those questions! Learn about the many uses for everything from chile to peanuts, honey, pecans, pistachios and more. Each week we'll take you on an entertaining Field Trip! to look at the production of agricultural products from "seed to consumer."

Ninja Kitchen: 2012 award winner! Your masked alter-ego leaps from refrigerator to sink and oven to counter, tossing plates to an archetypal teenaged clientele. If customers don't receive their food promptly, they storm out. This addictive learning game teaches the principles of food safety. Produced by NMSU's Media Productions.

Upcoming Events and Registrations

Ride for the 4-H Clover

 Bernalillo County Calendar of Events


  • 2014 Master Gardener Program - The class is FULL! There is a wait list. Also, please consider appling next year starting mid-August. Apply early, as we fill up extremely fast.

Classes runs January-April, with volunteering through October each year. More information here. contact Cheryl Kent with any questions.

AgriFuture Educational Institute and Conference

Interested in a career in Agriculture. Attend this upcoming institute and conference.

May 12-14 at Embassy Suites in Albuquerque, NM

Registration and Conference Details

Food processor certification course to be held in April

Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods Only will be held April 28-30. This three-day certification course will be presented at the South Valley Economic Development Center in Albuquerque. This school satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations for Acidified Foods Only and is co-sponsored by the Food Processors Institute (FPI) and sponsored by New Mexico State University. This course is intended for managers and supervisors of food processing operations.

For more information, cost and registration information, visit website or call 575-646-2198.

Emergency Preparedness for the Home

Full Details on Classes

April 15 3-day, 3-Week,, 3-Month Preparation

Apr 22 Disaster Information - People with Chronic Conditions and Disabilities

Apr 29 Quarterly Emergency Preparedness for the Home Meeting

May 1 Building Solar Oven $10 materials cost

May 6 Building Small Gas Oven $15 materials cost

June 3 Water and Food Storage for the Long Haul


  • Kitchen Creation Diabetes Cooking School: a cooking school for people with diabetes and their families. A healthy diet and appropriate food choices are considered one of the cornerstones of diabetes management. To enroll, you must have pre-diabetes or diabetes, or cook for someone who has diabetes. It is jointly supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Cooperative Extension Service. See Upcoming Events & Registrations on this page for schedule and registration info.


  • Ongoing: ICAN Open Classes for Adults and Childcare Providers. Learn more!



  • Local Agriculture Calendar for the Middle Rio-Grande Region click here

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Contact Us

Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service
1510 Menaul Blvd., NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 505-243-1386
Email: bernalil@nmsu.edu
URL: http://bernalilloextension.nmsu.edu