Cooperative Extension Service
Farm, Ranch, & Natural Resources
- Area Growers & Farmers Markets
- Events & Workshops
- Agriculture Programs
- Bee & Wasp Resources
- New Mexico Farmers' Markets
- Food for People
- NMSU Extension Resources
- Hemp Growing Education - Santa Fe
Small Farm and Ranch Task Force offers this one-day educational seminar in Santa Fe. Details below....
- Organic Farming Conference provides opportunity to learn and connect
Southwest's largest organic conference will be held in Albuquerque. (Click to read more...).
- Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop - Alcalde
Pruning presentations and hands-on practice (Apple, Peach, Cherry, Plum, Apricot trees and Blackberry). Details below....
- Produce Safety Trainings - Las Cruces & Albuquerque
For growers, producers, holders and importers ($25K+ annual sales) of raw-consumed produce & fruit. Click to read more...
- 2020 Annual Fruit Grower Workshop - Santa Fe
Thursday, 3/12, 8 AM-5 PM. Location: Santa Fe Fairground Bldg. Details below....
- PSA Grower Training - Albuquerque
Thursday, 3/19, Thursday, 8 AM-5 PM. Location: Albuquerque NMSU-BernCo CES. Details below... .
- Seasonal Gardening Resources
Resources (publications, webpages, videos, and even plans and materials lists. Some information was intended to be distributed at the Hoops, Mulch, and Cold Frames Workshop, but we've added more links and helpful hints. Check back for updates.
Events & Workshops
Feb. 21 & 22 - 2020 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference.
Friday & Saturday, 2/21-2/22. Note: One-Day attendance is only available for Saturday. Location: (Click for map) Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, 800 Rio Grande Blvd NW, 87104. Registration links:
- Feb. 27 - Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop - Alcalde
Thursday, 3/27. 1 PM-4 PM. Cost: $10 per person- Cash or Check only. Location: NMSU Alcade Center, (371 Co Rd 40, Alcalde 87511 (Click for Map). Registration: Limited to 40. Please Call Amanda or Elena at 505-852-4241 to reserve your spot. Please bring a pruner with you! For more information, click to download the flyer.
2020 Los Ranchos Farm and Garden Series - Scheduled To Date
Demonstrations, Workshops, & Lectures. Reservations: Some classes may have a space limitation, so please RSVP early to reserve yours. Fees: $5 per class (cash or check at the door). Location: (Click for map): Larry P. Abraham Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande Blvd NW, 87107.
Upcoming Classes - Check back for Registration Links, available approximately 2 weeks in advance.
- Feb. 29 - Fruit Tree Pruning - Joran Viers, Begins 9 AM. (Click to register)
- Mar. 14 - Grape Vine Pruning - Gill Giese, NMSU. Begins 9 AM. (Click to register)
- Apr. 4 - Soil Sponges & Soil Health - Nissa Patterson, NMSU. Begins 9 AM.
- Apr. 8 - Composting Basics - John Zarola, Master Composter. Begins 6 PM.
- May 6 - Spring Gardening - John Garlisch, NMSU. Begins 6 PM.
- May 16 - Herbs For Cooking - Cindy Davies, NMSU. Begins 9 AM.
- June 6 - Insect Pollinators & Beneficials - Amanda Skidmore, NMSU. Begins 9 AM.
- July 1 - What Ails My Plant? Diagnosing Plant Diseases & Disorders - John Garlisch, NMSU. Begins 6 PM.
- July 18 - Vertebrate Pest Control - Sam Smallidge, NMSU. Begins 9 AM.
- Aug. 5 - Cover Crops - Sean Ludden. Begins 6 PM.
- Aug. 15 - Livestock Care: Peri-Urban Area - Craig Gifford, NMSU. Begins 9 AM.
- Sep. 2 - Planting the Fall Veggie Garden - John Garlisch, NMSU. Begins 6 PM.
- Sep. 26 - Soil Management - Instructor TBD. Begins 9 AM.
- Oct. 17 - Pollinator Habitat for Fall & Winter - Amanda Skidmore, NMSU. Begins 9 AM.
- Nov. 7 - Winter Gardening - John Garlisch, NMSU. Begins 9 AM.
- Feb. 29 - Fruit Tree Pruning - Joran Viers, Begins 9 AM. (Click to register)
- Mar. 12 - 2020 Annual Fruit Grower Workshop - Santa Fe
Thursday, 3/12, 8:30 AM-4 PM. Cost: Meal & materials: By March 6, $15 (After March 6, $20) - Cash or Check only. Location: Santa Fe Fairground Bldg., 3229 Rodeo Rd, Santa Fe 87507 (Click for Map). Pre-registration: Call Monica at 505-983-4615. For more information, click to download the agenda.
- Mar. 19 - PSA Grower Training - Albuquerque
Thursday, 3/19, 8 AM - 5 PM. Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. Cost: $35 (Manual, Certification, & Lunch included). Location: NMSU-BernCo CES, 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, 87107 (Click for Map). For more information, refer to flyer... , then call 505-243-1386 or 575-646-7038.
- Mar. 26 - Hemp Growing Education - Santa Fe
Thursday, 3/26, 8 AM-5 PM. Small Farm and Ranch Task Force offers this one-day educational seminar; attendees will be certified as trained handlers under NMDA's Worker Protection Standard. Cost includes Lunch: $60 Attendees ($40 Early-bird, by March 19); Vendors/Sponsors, see Conference page... Location: Santa Fe Fairground Bldg., 3229 Rodeo Rd, Santa Fe 87507 (Click for Map). Registration: Click for online... More info: Call Monica at 505-983-4615. Click for flyer... .
NMSU-BernCo CES Calendar of EventsUpcoming Agriculture, Horticulture, and Natural Resources Calendar
Educational programs on farm research and demonstration, as well as personal consultation, are available in the following areas:
- Crop Production
- Soil Health
- Livestock Production
- Organic Agriculture & Integrated Pest Management|
- Agricultural Entrepreneurship & Business Planning
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.
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 - Extending the Growing Season In NM
- Variety Selection - Circular 585: Species Selection and Establishment for Irrigated Pastures in New Mexico
- Research Report 787 - Alfalfa Evapotranspiration in Albuquerque’s South Valley
- Forages Management and Research Publications
- Harvesting & Planting
- Pest Management
- Guide A-148: Understanding Soil Health for Production Agriculture in New Mexico
- Guide A-114: Test Your Garden Soil - How to properly take a representative sample of your soil for testing.
- Healthy Soil Program - NM Dept. of Agriculture (external site)
- Fertilizer/Soil Conditioner Registration - NM Dept. of Agriculture (external site)
- Soil Testing - NMSU does not have a soil testing laboratory, but the Bernalillo Co Extension Service does make kits available for the public to send samples to the Soil, Water and Plant Testing Laboratory at Colorado State University for analysis. Call the our office at 505-243-1386 to obtain a (free) container for your use; office hours are 8 AM-12:00 PM and 12:30-4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. This is an outside service, and they do charge fees for their services. Instructions are included in the container. Suggestion: Include "Bernalillo, NM" in your order form's County field, and a BernCo CES Agriculture Agent should receive a copy of your analysis - all the better to discuss the conditions and a possible remediation plan.
Includes cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, and horses.
- Handling and / or Training
Organic Agriculture & Integrated Pest Management
- Urban / Small Farm IPM: What is it?
- IPM for Home Gardeners
- Pollinator Project
- Pest Alerts
- Western Small Farm IPM Working Group
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
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.
Hay and Forage Testing Although the Bernalillo Co. Extension Service does not test hay or forage, we recommend you contact the Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center's Extension Forage Specialist Mark Marsalis. For his contact info, see his webpage: https://loslunassc.nmsu.edu
Bee & Wasp Resources
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.
Area Growers & Farmers Markets
Find a Market, Meet Some Farmers, Shopping, Recipes, Food Access, and more. Check back often.
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