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Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service

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In the News

Bernalillo County CES says goodbye to Cheryl Kent - Horticulturalist and to Cassidy Cordova - 4-H Youth Development. Thank you both for your years of service.


4-H News

2014-2015 Enrollment Deadline Changes

October 1, 2014 we will begin enrollment for the 2014-2015 4-H Year. If you are a returning 4-H member you must be enrolled and have all your forms submitted by January 15th. If you are a new member looking to enroll you are eligible to enroll until May 1.


When: August 17, 2014, 11am-3pm

Where: Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd. NE

Click for full details


NMDA to host an organic farm tour series

Upcoming dates are: Aug 20th, Aug 27th, Sept 3rd, and Sept 24th, 2014

Pre-registration required.

Full event details click here


  • When: Thursdays Aug 14, Aug. 28, Sept. 11 and Sept. 25. 6pm-7:30pm

  • Where: NMSU - Los Lunas Ag Science Center, 1036 Miller Road, Los Lunas, NM

  • Cost: Free, but RSVP preferred

  • Contact: Tess Grasswitz 505-865-7340

  • Full event details

Have you been wondering about that strange looking bug in your garden? Find out what it is, whether it's a friend or foe, and how to control it if necessary during the "Bug Nights." "Find out what's bugging you at these informal on-farm evening events that are intended to provide local growers with an opportunity to learn about both beneficial insects and common pests associated with vegetable and fruit crops," Grasswitz said. "Participants will learn how to recognize them, what type of damage they cause, and different approaches to their control."


Would you like to learn about HOME canning, pickles, jams, jellies, freezing, and other food preservation methods, than Click Here for Upcoming Food Preservation Classes

Bernalillo County Home Processing Rule

Bernalillo County announces changes to the Home Processing rule ordinance

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The NMSU Experts are coming to Albuqerque to answer your plant and insect questions.

  • Sept 6 at Los Ranchos Farmers Market

  • Sept 7 at Corrales Farmers Market

  • Oct 12 at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House for the Local Food Festival and Field Day

Full description of event

Area Growers and Farmers Markets


Water Harvest Workshops will be held on

  • Aug 23 at Albuquerque Open Space Visitors Center 1-3pm

  • Sept 15-21 Water Harvest Certification Courses

Full Details

  • note these workshops are not NMSU Extension led programs, but are still valuable.

Honeybee Swarm Season

The swarm season for honeybees is over and now it is moving into bee removal or western yellow jackets. Honey bees are a dull yellow brown color while the small yellow jackets are a brilliant yellow and black.

To learn more about the difference between honeybees and the western yellow jacket click honeybees vs yellow jackets

To report a swarm or undesired hive, please call 243-1386 or visit the ABQ Beeks.

Curly Top + Tomato Plants

The office has received many questions on the topic of Curly Top. The following links and tips to help recognize and protect your tomato plants regarding Curly Top Virus.

Field Protection Research

NMSU Publication Curly Top

Pesticide CEU



  • 2015 Master Gardener Program - Class registration will start in August 11, 2014 Apply early, as we fill up extremely fast.

Classes runs January-April, with volunteering through October each year. More information here. contact with any questions.


Registration information to be a Master Composter is now available on their website

Classes will begin in October.

Hot Topic

NMSU Learning Games Lab offers free mobile apps in regular and HD for iPhone, iPad & IPod Touch, featuring:

Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives: for home, farm & ranch. Programs include anaerobic digesters, biodiesel, home energy, farm energy, micro-hydro, small wind, solar electricity, solar hot water. Tool kit available.

Ever wondered how cheese makes it to your table, or cotton is turned into clothing? Field Trip! will answer those questions! Learn about the many uses for everything from chile to peanuts, honey, pecans, pistachios and more. Each week we'll take you on an entertaining Field Trip! to look at the production of agricultural products from "seed to consumer."

Ninja Kitchen: 2012 award winner! Your masked alter-ego leaps from refrigerator to sink and oven to counter, tossing plates to an archetypal teenaged clientele. If customers don't receive their food promptly, they storm out. This addictive learning game teaches the principles of food safety. Produced by NMSU's Media Productions.

Upcoming Events and Registrations

 Bernalillo County Calendar of Events


  • Ongoing: ICAN Open Classes for Adults and Childcare Providers. Learn more!

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State Program Areas

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 Bernalillo County 4-H Facebook

Contact Us

Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service
1510 Menaul Blvd., NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 505-243-1386
Email: bernalil@nmsu.edu
URL: http://bernalilloextension.nmsu.edu