Mike Hill of North Hills Plant Farm and Bonnie Hill, manager of the Bernalillo Farmers’ Market, work behind pots of Hill's New Mexico Feather Grass on the market's opening day.
New season, new location for Bernalillo Farmers’ Market
When the Bernalillo Farmers’ Market opened in June, there was more going on than fresh eggs, pueblo-made bread, and hydroponic lettuce. Take, for example, a book exchange where kids can take a book one week and bring it back to swap for another. Or a recipe program to help put what may be unfamiliar produce to good use.
This year, the market is open every Friday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., through October. It has moved to the pavilion at Rotary Park off Camino Don Tomas in the southwestern part of downtown. The market can handle checks from WIC, SNAP, and other supplemental food programs.
The location not only provides shade and weather protection but offers a place for kids to play and a higher profile for the market among neighbors and park users, King said.
“This is a unique multicultural market representing the pueblos and the communities surrounding Bernalillo,” said Cindy King, president of the market who also helped manage it several years ago. “There’s a lot of excitement.” There also will be more vendors, produce and food items as the growing season continues, King said.
EPA Grant helps New Mexico manage pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $261,033 dollars to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s pesticide program. The grant will help fund activities including pesticides enforcement, certification and training, worker protection, proper pesticides containment, and protecting water quality and endangered species.
Pesticides can be used to control insects, weeds, rats and mice, bacteria, mold, and more. EPA regulates pesticides so they are safe when used according to label directions to ensure that human health and the environment are protected. One of EPA’s most important priorities is protecting agricultural workers who prepare pesticides for use, apply pesticides, or work in areas where pesticides have been applied. Other priorities include protecting endangered species and pollinators such as bees, and reducing the amount of pesticides that drift away from the application area on wind currents.
EPA’s website provides many resources for pesticide registration, use, enforcement, and safety. You can also learn about how to manage pests in your own home, business, or school using non-chemical techniques.
Find out more about EPA’s pesticides program: www.epa.gov/pesticides.
iPhone app helps find skin cancer
A new application for the Apple iPhone enables users to measure and track their moles by comparing their potential trouble spots over time. The “Mole Mapper” app was developed by Dr. Marianne Berwick of the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, and a team of scientists, using ResearchKit, an open source framework developed by Apple, Inc. Scientists who study melanoma can use the de-identified data from users to complement other cancer research efforts.
Although it is a rare form of skin cancer, melanoma is, by far, the most deadly. The earlier it is found, the more likely it can be treated and even cured. The Mole Mapper app analyzes digital photos of moles and other skin conditions that users take with their cell phones over time.
The Mole Mapper app may be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store : itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1048337814.