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GARDENING

Bernalillo Farmers’ Market open Fridays in new location

Ann Rustebakke

One of the joys of summer is visiting the Bernalillo Farmers’ Market—now open on a regular schedule: Fridays into October from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The new Market location is less than a block from the old spot at El Zócalo and on the other side of the street. (See advertisement in this issue of the Signpost.)

This is a difficult farming year, but so far there are good quantities of various vegetables, including squash, cucumbers, greens, onions, herbs, and flowers, with more to follow soon. Part of the fun is that you don't always know what you're going to find until you get there. In addition to the green and growing items, you will find honey in several forms, goat cheese, baked goods, and various locally produced craft items, such as cards, furniture, and other specialties. You will also find advisors from the Sandoval County Master Gardeners on duty every market day to help with your questions and problems about what, where, and how to plant and care for your spot of New Mexico.

The new market space has parking inside the gate as well as on the street in front, and you will note that improvements are ongoing. Use of the new space is courtesy of Zia Pueblo, which has purchased the land in Bernalillo and assisted in preparing the site.

The Bernalillo Farmers’ Market operates under the auspices of the New Mexico Farmers’ Market Association and the state Department of Agriculture. The market accepts W.I.C. stamps for fresh foods only, and also accepts the stamps issued by Five Sandoval Pueblos and the state-issued ones. The products offered for sale at farmers’ markets must be New Mexico-produced, and, in the case of nonfood items, utilize materials that are predominantly New Mexican in origin.

If you want to talk about something you have to sell at the market or get further information about how the market operates, you can call Emily MacLeod at 550-0234.

In the meantime, we'll look forward to meeting you at the Bernalillo Farmers’ Market!

 

Gardening workshops and more at
Plants of the Southwest

Plants of the Southwest has a lot on its calendar for August, with free Saturday workshops and fun for visitors. On August 2, they will offer Horticultural Therapy, a workshop on healing for the body, mind, and spirit. The August 9 workshop, Sacred Gardens, will show how to cultivate meditative space using sacred herbs. August 16 will be the day for a gray-water forum to learn about new laws and tried-and-true techniques. Tips on cover cropping, cool-season veggies, building compost, and more for the organic gardener will be given on August 23 and a children’s fair with music, animals, theater, face painting, and a scavenger hunt will be held on August 30. Plants of the Southwest is at 6680 4th Street, one block north of Osuna.

 

Gardening questions? Call the master gardeners hotline

The Sandoval County Master Gardeners Hotline operates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from March through October from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from May through September from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. This is a volunteer program staffed by gardeners who have knowledge of what grows in New Mexico, when to grow it, what insects and diseases my be a problem, and much more. Call 505-867-2582, the Sandoval County Master Gardeners Hotline, if you have a gardening question.

 

Master gardeners present free lecture

As part of an ongoing lecture series, the public is invited to a free lecture sponsored by the Sandoval County Master Gardeners. The topic presented by water-conservation officer Lorri-Skeie-Campbell will be "How to Water Thirsty Plants." The lecture will be on Monday, August 4, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Esther Bone Memorial Library next to the Rio Rancho Post Office at 950 Pinetree Road.

 

$60,000 in federal funds for state’s organic farmers

Sixty thousand dollars in federal funds is now available to New Mexico organic farmers for the two-year period from June 1, 2003, through September 30, 2004. These funds will reimburse 75 percent of the cost of organic certification (up to $500 per year). The cost-share program is administered in New Mexico by the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission and is funded from the 2002 Farm Bill. Over a hundred certified organic farmers in New Mexico stand to benefit from the program, as do farmers who certify for the first time this year.

Erica Peters, director of the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission, says, “This is a great program. It puts money right into the pockets of the people who need it the most, and rewards producers who have chosen to farm in a way that benefits the environment. . . . Farmers who are producing without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or genetically modified organisms should call the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission at 266-9849 to find out more about organic certification and the cost-share program.”

 

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