Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service Farm, Ranch, & Natural Resources
- Seasonal News & Upcoming Events
- Crop Production
- Livestock Production
- Organic Agriculture & Integrated Pest Management
- Agricultural Entrepreneurship & Business Planning
- Bees & Wasps
- New Mexico Farmers' Markets
- Food for People
- Junior Master Gardeners
Bernalillo County has approximately 7,000 acres of irrigated land as well as privately and publicly owned rangeland used for agricultural production. In order for farmers and ranchers to remain on the land they must adopt practices that help them increase their economic viability. Producers look to Extension Service personnel and their educational programs for guidance, information and technical support as they plan and implement their agricultural enterprises.
Seasonal News & Upcoming Events
* NEW Nov. 6 Deadline * - NMDA extends Healthy Soil Program Pilot Project Gant Proposal Deadline
Proposals must be submitted through eligible entities* by Nov. 6 (extending the previous Oct. 3 deadline). For more details about the submission process, see their FAQ, and call New Mexico Department of Agriculture directly at 575-646-2642 with questions.
* NOTE: Please run all submissions through your local Soil & Water Conservation District and not through the County Cooperative Extension office.
* NEW * - Extension Program Webinars Now Online!
Learn about upcoming webinars and watch previously recorded webinars on your devices
Learn from Extension Family and Consumer Science educators via the NMSU Extension webpage: https://efcs.nmsu.edu/extension-family-and-con.html.
October 5 - Chickens & Turkeys – Perfect for your Backyard Farm
Saturday, 10/05/19, 9 AM – Noon. Learn what you need to keep turkeys or chickens as part of your urban homestead including a basic knowledge of regulations, best breeds, and poultry needs (shelter space, food, and common problems). Farmer will share his experience with breeding, incubating, hatching, and brooding along with production models, feed, processing, packaging and marketing! LOCATION: Gutiérrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd SW (Click for Map) . REGISTRATION: Click to register
October 8 - Healthy Soil Pilot: Grant Writing Workshop & Webinar
Tuesday, 10/08/19, 2 PM-4 PM. Grant writing workshop for farmers, ranchers and other land managers who want to apply for a Healthy Soil Pilot project grant, a new funding opportunity to improve soil health on working lands, including croplands, range and forest lands. For more information visit nmhealthysoil.org
LOCATION: Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute (upstairs conference room), 1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Click for Map)
ALTERNATE: Attend in person or online via zoom or phone: Sign up here to receive a log-in!. Join the Facebook event
2019 Los Ranchos Farm and Garden Series. Demonstrations, Workshops, & Lectures. RESERVATIONS: Some classes may have a space limitation, so please RSVP early to reserve yours. FEE: $5 per class (cash or check at the door). LOCATION: (Click for map): Larry P. Abraham Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande Blvd NW
- Upcoming Classes - (Check back for Registration Links, available ~2 weeks in advance).
- November 9 - Hoops/Mulch/Cold Frames - Saturday, 11/09/19, 9 AM - 12 PM, by John Garlisch.
- December 11 - Wine Tasting for the Holidays - Wednesday, 12/11/19, 6 PM - 8 PM, by Dr. Gill Giese.
October 19 - New Mexico Fermentation Festival
Saturday, 10/19/19, 10 AM-4 PM. Fourth Annual Fermentation Festival will feature experts and information about various fermentation methods for a variety of foods and beverages. Come learn about cider, pickles, kraut, cheese, kombucha, kefir, sourdough, and and more! The fermentation process preserves foods and creates enzymes, and probiotics are beneficial to consumers. Organized by Edible New Mexico, proceeds benefit the Hubbell House Alliance and the BernCo Quality of Life Fund. LOCATION: Gutierrez-Hubbell House, South Valley, Albuquerque. (Click for Map and Directions). COST: $5.00-15.00. Click Ticket information
November 21 - Pesticide Applicators Workshops
NMSU Extension Plant Sciences department is hosting four workshops around the state in November
5 CEU Seminar for current license holders, OR
Pre-License Training for those wanting help before licensing exam.
- Bernalillo County - Albuquerque
Thursday November 21, 8 AM - 1 PM
Iselta Resort & Casino Golf Course
For information about other other workshops around the state, please visit the pesticide.nmsu.edu website.
February 21 & 22 - 2020 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference
Friday & Saturday, 02/21-02/22 2020, Times & Agendas TBD. LOCATION: Hotel Albuquerque. Check back later for more information.
Educational programs on farm research and demonstration, as well as personal consultation, are available in the following areas:
Includes urban farming, traditional row and field crop production, high value vegetable and fruit production, forage and pasture management, and organic production methods. The following topics are available within each of these subjects.
- Season Extension
- Variety Selection
- Soils & Fertility
- Pest Management
- Harvesting & Planting
Includes cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, and horses.
- Handling and / or training
Organic Agriculture & Integrated Pest Management
Circular 655: Integrated Pest Management for Home Gardeners
The evaluation and incorporation of all available techniques (old and new, low- and high-tech) into a unified program to identify and manage pest populations to minimize damage and adverse effects on the environment.
* Insect and weed identification
* Pesticide applicator training, including continuing education units
* Traditional and organic pest control recommendations
Agricultural Entrepreneurship & Business Planning
- Record keeping
- Value added
WARNING: SORGUM / SUDAN / JOHNSON GRASS HARMFUL TO HORSES
Although during a hay shortage people are forced to seek alternatives, please beware that not all alternatives are safe.
NMSU Horse Specialist Dr. Jason Turner provided these documents and includes some words of caution:
"I know that hay supplies are tight, but I would still caution horse owners against feeding sorghum / sudan hay to horses.
"The primary concern in horses is related to the potential for a neurological condition caused by lathyrogen compounds that can be present in the growing forage and hay.
"As is often the case with the horse, there is little definitive research on this issue to give us a complete picture. I have consulted Dr. Mark Marsalis, our extension specialist in the sorghum area, to get his input from the plant side of things."
Stretching Your Horse's Hay Supply During A Drought (PDF)Discusses alternative feed stuffs and feeding recommendations for horses when hay supplies run short. Colorado State University Extension Service Fact Sheet 1.625. Revised June 26, 2016.
Johnsongrass Poisoning in HorsesAddresses the issues surrounding this drought-tolerant weed, which can cause nerve and fetal damage in horses. "Toxin Topic" article by Cynthia Gaskill, DVM PhD, clinical veterinary toxicologist, Univ. of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, June 25, 2016.
CR-678: Poisonous Plants of New Mexico RangelandsIncludes sections on special poisoning problems such as cyanogenic glycosides / hydrogen cyanide (aka prussic acid) poisoning, nitrate poisoning, and Sorghum Cystitis, with suggested treatments.
Bees & Wasps
Our office receives calls throughout the year about "bees." In reality, some are honey bees while others are actually western yellow jackets. Learn more about the Differences: Bees vs. Wasps.
Bees are essential to fruit and vegetable production as well as seed production for many plants! Beekeeping is gaining in popularity in Albuquerque and a number of beekeepers are willing to collect the bees from your property. Learn more about bees, wasps and beekeepers at Albuquerque Beekeepers.
New Mexico Farmers' Markets
Each of New Mexico's 50 growers' markets is unique, reflecting the particular character of local cultures, soils and climate. Most of our markets are open seasonally, from early or late summer through late fall. Five markets - Corrales, Los Ranchos, Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Las Cruces - are now open year-round. Learn more about the NM Farmer's Market.
Food for People
The food produced by our Bernalillo County Extension Service office is donated to the Roadrunner Food Bank and widely distributed to a number of groups and individuals in need. Julie Anderson with the RRFB says fresh produce is the first thing to go when people are selecting their food for the week. In 2013, the Gutierrez-Hubbell House will serve as a distribution center for other backyard farmers who want to donate extra fresh produce. If you are interested in donating produce, call farm manager Gabe Bauman-Baker at (574) 238-8957
Junior Master Gardeners
Grades K-3 (currently). Junior Master Gardener Program (JMG). An 8-10 week afterschool/homeschool program of the university cooperative system. Through horticultural and environmental science education, youth become good gardeners and good citizens. Once youth complete a prescribed set of activities and a service learning project, they can receive certification through the national JMG program. Group and individual activities. For more information, contact John Garlisch, or visit this website's 4-H School Enrichment Page.