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Bernalillo farmers market to grow under Pueblo of Zia

—Peter M. Pino, Pueblo of Zia Tribal Administrator

The Pueblo of Zia is pleased to announce that it will be assuming responsibility for the Bernalillo Farmers Market beginning in 2013. As part of its community-wide efforts for promoting small-scale sustainable agriculture and economy within Sandoval County, and throughout New Mexico, the Pueblo of Zia will be expanding the farmers market to meet the needs of the local community farmers and growers and the growing demands of families and enthusiasts of locally-grown, farm-fresh natural foods .

Beginning on July 5, the Zia Bernalillo Farmers Market will be open on Fridays between 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. And starting on August 17, the Market will also operate on Saturday mornings between 8:00 a.m. and noon (until October 26th) at 335 S. Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo.

Through the help and support of several key national and regional partners (including Ann Rustebakke and Bonnie Hill, who have skillfully guided the Bernalillo Farmers/Growers Market over the past ten seasons), the 2013 Zia Bernalillo Farmers Market will place strong emphasis on increasing the number of local vendor-growers and market patrons by offering an expanded and diversified variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables, food products, and crafts. The unique, “small town,” intimate-and-friendly setting that the Bernalillo Farmers Market has become famous for will stay the same.

The Zia Bernalillo Farmers Market will be offering a series of community outreach events to educate and support the emergent needs of local consumers about the benefits of healthy local foods.  Planned events will include growing, gardening and cooking demonstrations, local entertainment, cultural performances, kids workshops, food tasting.

Anticipated seasonal produce at the Market is likely to include: shelling and sugar-snap peas, spinach, chard, salad greens, radishes, cherries, apricots, fresh herbs, asparagus, beets, sweet corn, vine-ripened tomatoes, squash, green chile, snap beans, peaches, plums, melons, watermelons, cucumbers, raspberries, sweet onions, garlic, fingerling potatoes, apples, pears, pumpkins, winter squashes, red chile, posole, chicos, cider, and sweet potatoes.

Cash sales are always welcome and the arrangements that allow the use of WIC and Senior Nutrition vouchers as well as EBT cards will be in effect. Like many participating markets in New Mexico the Zia Market will continue to operate under supervision of the New Mexico Farmer’s Market Marketing Association and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. All local and regional grower-vendors (old and new) who would like to participate in the Zia Bernalillo Farmers’ Market should contact Tammy Pino at 867-3304 ext. 220, for further information.

‘Tis the season to be Firewise

—Rev. Ken Cuthbertson, Firewise Placitas

There will be another Chipper Day at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, sponsored by the Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District on June 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to bring branches and small trees—no more than six inches diameter, ends aligned and facing the same way. No construction waste or barbed wire will be accepted. A donation of $15 per pickup load is suggested. For more information, contact Vicki Gottlieb at 404-8022, or

Like last year’s bosque fire on Sandia Pueblo, the recent Piedra fire in the Sandias serves as a wake-up call. Once again, our communities were very lucky to escape any major impact to human life or property. The day may come, however, when a fire comes closer to inhabited areas, and residents will need to evacuate. If and when that day comes, being prepared will make a huge difference.

One great resource for making contingency plans for any evacuation is “Ready, Set, Go!” (, a personal, wildland fire action guide. Along with providing guidelines on how to make your home and property safer from wildfire, the “Ready, Set, Go!” material includes guidelines on how to make plans for evacuation if it becomes necessary. It addresses issues such as having emergency supplies (gas in the car, water, etc.), alerting neighbors and friends, gathering together what you will want to grab and take with you (important papers, pictures, prescriptions, flash drives, contact lists, etc.), planning to secure your property at the time of an evacuation, planning what to do about pets and livestock, how to be in contact and where dispersed family members will rendezvous, what to do should it become necessary to “shelter in place,” and so on. The guide includes helpful checklists and planning forms.

Getting the word out during an emergency is crucial. Sandoval County residents can register for the County Fire Department’s “Code Red” reverse 911 program (, an emergency communication service through which registrants receive automated phone and e-mail messages and that accepts one email address and two phone numbers per applicant. Some landlines are automatically enrolled depending upon the phone service provider, but no cell phones are automatically enrolled.

One major issue for most Placitas residents is that Highway 165 is the only route in or out of the community. In case of a fire emergency, responding promptly to emergency advisories and notifications is paramount.

Pruning basics

On June 4, from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., a free clinic on Pruning Basics will be offered to the public by the NMSU Sandoval County Extension with Barbara Russell, certified arborist as presenter, at Meadowlark Senior Center—4330 Meadowlark Lane SE in Rio Rancho. For more information, call 867-2582, or toll-free at 800-678-1802, or visit their website at

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