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Bernalillo County
Cooperative Extension Service

1510 Menaul Blvd NW Ext
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 505-243-1386
844-409-0562 (Toll Free)
Fax: 505-243-1545

Holiday Hours:
* * * Closed Mon.-Wed., Dec. 23-25 * * *
* * * Closed Wednesday, January 1 * * *

BernCo CES Major Program Areas

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BernCo CES News

Dec. 7 - 4-H Twinkle Light Parade Float
Saturday, 12/07/19. 4-H members are welcome to participate in the parade this Saturday. For details, click here to visit the 4-H page posting.

Dec. 11 - NMSU to Host WSARE Grant Proposal Workshop
Wednesday, 12/11/19, 9 AM - 12 PM, BernCo CES Classroom. "Learn how to successfully submit and receive grant proposals to fund innovation and research on your farm or institution," said a representative of Western Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (WSARE), which provides competitive grants for farmers and researchers that can help to fund their ambitions. Location: BernCo CES Lab, (Click for map) 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW, 87107 Click here to read more... .

New Page! - Holiday Food Resources
See the new page for these tips (including recipes from the Nov. 6 Health Holiday Dishes cooking class) and favorite recipes, many from past Holiday Cooking Classes:

If you have any questions,
call 505-243-1386
or email:


Happy Holiday Baking recipe book cover with various holiday baked good

Native New Mexican Holiday Foods Cover with photo various empanaditas, tamales, and decorations on a table

Candy Making recipe booklet cover with photo of various chocolate candies in brown fluted holders

Bread Baking 101 Cover with photo of a loaf of bread sitting on a cutting board

New Recipe Booklets!

Happy Holidays Baking
All about pie making, special breads, confections, and other goodies.

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Native New Mexican Holiday Foods
A collection for your holiday enjoyment. Cook these favorite treats with family and friends.

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Candy Making
Ten sweet favorites to try this holiday season. Recipes from past candy-making classes.

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Bread Baking 101
Basics of bread making includes tips for high-altitude adjustments for quick breads. A favorite during holiday baking season.

New! - FCS Winter Classes Brochure
News and Events, Classes and Workshops, and Spring Save the Dates - (Click here to download the brochure). Check back for updates on the Health, Wellness, and Family Life page and on the Food, Nutrition, and ICAN page for individual class details, recipes, healthy lifestyle tips, and more.

2020 Winter Brochure Cover with snowshoers and text Winter Wellness

Map of area in the vicinity of Bernalillo County Extension Services office located at 1510 Menaul Blvd Northwest extension, 12th & Menaul Blvd NW.  Circle over intersection.  Encouraging citizens to enter the property using the driveway on Indian School Rd Northwest, and to a"Avoid Intersection" at 12th Street Northwest and Meanul Blvd Northwest.

* * * * * * * * * Area Detours * * * * * * * * *
* * 12th Street & Menaul Intersection * *
* * * * * * * * * Now Closed * * * * * * * * * *

November 2019 through January 2020
Mondays through Fridays
7 AM to 5 PM
However, crews may work different days & hours as needed, weather permitting & subject to change without notice.

Suggestion: Use Rio Grande Blvd, then turn eastbound onto Indian School Rd NW.
(Click for Directions & Map)

Updated 11/11/19

New Page! - Seasonal Gardening Resources
Resources (publications, webpages, videos, and even plans and materials lists. Some information was intended to be distributed at the cancelled Nov. 9 Hoops, Mulch, and Cold Frames Workshop, but we've added more links and helpful hints. Check back for updates on the new Seasonal Gardening Resources page.

In The News - Master Gardeners & Cancer Survivors Partnering for Study
Survivor-Master Gardener/NMSU/UNM teams will study the effects of gardening on overall health and functioning, quality of life, and more, at survivors' homes. (read more...)

*Recall* - Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour
General Mills has issued a recall on five pound bags with a better if used by date of September 6, 2020. All other types of their Gold Medal Flour are not affected by this recall. (Click here to read more)

  • Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose 5LB Flour
    • Package UPC: 000-16000-19610-0
    • Recalled Better if Used by Date: 06SEP2020KC

2020 Save The Dates - Family & Consumer Sciences Calendar
See *New!* below: New Cooking Classes added in February, March, and April.

2020 WINTER WELLNESS - Scheduled Classes

  • Jan 28-May 12, Tuesdays (AM) - NDPP (16 weekly + 8 monthly followup sessions) - ABQ
  • Jan 30-May 14, Thursdays (AM) - NDPP (16 weekly + 8 monthly followup sessions) - Sandia Park
  • Feb 5-Mar 11, Wednesdays (AM) - Slim & Strong (6 weekly) - ABQ
  • *New!* - Feb 6, Thursday (AM) - Chinese Food Favorites - ABQ
  • Feb 6-Feb 27, Thursdays (PM) - Kitchen Creations (4 weekly) - Tijeras
  • *New!* - Mar 25, Wednesday (AM) - Healthy Breakfasts - ABQ

2020 SPRING - Save the Dates

  • Apr 8-Apr 29, Wednesdays (AM) - Kitchen Creations (4 weekly) - ABQ
  • *New!* Apr 16, Thursday (AM) - Cooking with Herbs and Spices - ABQ

Note: Reservations (and Pre-Payment where applicable) are required for all classes.
For additional details, visit BernCo CES Events & Classes listings below; check back for updates.

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 with Joran Viers. 9 AM-12 PM.

* More dates and topics forthcoming. Check back as 2020 classes are added to the Schedule.

Food Preservation
Hunting season is in full swing! Check this quick and easy recipe for jerky [outside link] out, shared by our own Nicole Jacobs on a recent episode of New Mexico Living.

* New * - Extension Program Webinars Now Online!
Family and Consumer Science webinars are now available for viewing on all your devices. Learn from NMSU's Extension educators via the NMSU Extension webpage: Upcoming webinars and previously recorded webinars are listed.

New Page! - Aquaponics - Equipment, Methods, & Maintenance
New Aquaponics page includes notices about Classes & Events, as well as links to relevant Resources (NMSU Publications & Informative Websites). Check back for new additions.

* * * Beware of Area Detours * * *
ABCWUA is replacing water lines, and City of ABQ is constructing a roundabout.
*As of Nov. 11*The intersection at 12th St NW & Menaul Blvd NW is fully closed until Jan/Feb 2020. Check back often for updates from the ABCWUA press room.

BernCo CES Events & Classes


Dec. 10 - New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference - Los Lunas
Tuesday, 12/10/19, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. Irrigation, weed management, organic pest and disease control, local grower panel, and more. Free & Open to the Public (with lunch provided). New! (11/15/19) - Conference agenda and free online Online Registration Link. For more info, Call 575-646-3155, or email Location: UNM Valencia Campus, Los Lunas. Presented by NM Western SARE - Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education.

Dec. 11 - Wine Tasting for the Holidays - Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
Added! RSVP Link - Limited to 30 attendees, so please RSVP early.
Wednesday, 12/11/19, 6 PM-8 PM. Learn the Art of Wine Tasting, by Dr. Gill Giese. This is a ticketed event, with walk-in registrations subject to availability. Reservations: Pre-Registration is available via Online Form, or By Phone (Call 505-243-1386 to speak to, or leave a message for, John Garlisch). Fee: $20 (pay by cash or check at the door). 2019 Los Ranchos Farm and Garden Series. Demonstrations, Workshops, & Lectures. Location: (Click for map): Larry P. Abraham Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande Blvd NW, 87107.


2020 Master Food Preserver Certification Course
Two part program consisting of 8 weekly webinars followed by a 3-day face-to-face lab class. (Click for brochure). Fee: $160 covers Manuals, Materials, & Supplies; does not include lodging or transportation to Las Cruces for Part II Face-to-Face course work.

  • Part I - Friday Webinars (Online):
    12 PM-1:30 PM, Fridays, Jan. 24 - Mar. 20, 2020.
  • Part II - Hands-On Lab (Las Cruces):
    8 AM-5 PM, Mar. 25 & 26; and 8 AM - Noon, Mar. 27, 2020

Click for webpage to find registrations links (one for each Part).

Jan. 28-May 14 - National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) - Albuquerque & Sandia Park
01/2020 through 05/2020, Times vary by location. For those at High Risk for Type 2 Diabetes, You Can Make A Change For Life classes are comprised of a 16 weekly meetings and 6 monthly follow-up sessions.

  • Albuquerque - Tuesdays, 9 AM-10:30 AM, Jan 28-May 12 (16 weekly & 8 monthly followups)
  • Sandia Park - Thursdays, 9 AM-10:15 AM, Jan 30-May 14 (16 weekly & 8 monthly followups)

    Links to more information & resources:

Jan. 29-31 - 2020 New Mexico Hay & Forage Conference - Ruidoso
For information and registration links for the 2020 conference, visit their page: (external link). Location: Ruidoso Convention Center. Hosts: [New Mexico Hay Association](

Jan. 30 & 31 - Think Trees 2020 Urban Tree Care Conference - Albuquerque
01/30-01/31/2020, Thursday & Friday. Theme: Turning Momentum into Strength. Location: Crowne Plaza Albuquerque. REGISTRATION: Click to register

Feb. 5-Mar. 11 - Slim & Strong - Albuquerque
02/05/2020-03/11/2020, Wednesdays, 9 AM-11 AM - 6 Weekly Meetings. Cost: $5 Booklet. Albuquerque - Location: Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Services Lab, (Click for map) 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW 87107. RSVP Required: Call 505-243-1386, or email:

February 6 - Chinese Food Favorites - Albuquerque
02/06/2020, Thursday, 9 AM-12 PM. Shortly after celebrating the Lunar New Year, come learn basics of Chinese cooking. Participants will make egg rolls, pot stickers, egg drop soup, and a main dish. Kids 8 & older welcome. NMSU BernCo CES Lab (Click for map) 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW, 87107 Cost: $10 Lab Fee. RSVP Required: Call 505-243-1386, or email:

Feb. 6, 13, 20, & 27 - Kitchen Creations - Tijeras
02/06/2020-02/27/2020, Thursdays, 1 PM-4 PM. Type 2 Diabetes Cooking School (4-Class Series). Informative and very practical series of cooking classes are helpful and fun! Learn to effectively manage your diabetes from a Registered Dietician, and get hands on experience in the kitchen preparing healthy recipes from a Home Economist. Location: Tijeras Senior Center, (Click for map) 10 Tijeras Ave, Tijeras, NM 87059. Reservations: Dianne Christensen, call 505-243-1386, or email or

Feb. 21 & 22 - 2020 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference - Albuquerque
Friday & Saturday, 02/21-02/22 2020, Times & Agendas TBD. Location: Hotel Albuquerque. Check back later for more information.

March 25 - Healthy Breakfasts - Albuquerque
03/25/2020, Wednesday, 9-11:30 AM. Lab Learn new, healthy options for this Most Important Meal of the Day. Start your mornings with powerful, satisfying meals. All are welcome. Location: NMSU BernCo CES Lab (Click for map) 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW, 87107. Cost: $10 Lab Fee. RSVP Required: Call 505-243-1386, or email:

Apr. 8, 15, 22, & 29 - Kitchen Creations - Albuquerque
04/08/2020-04/29/2020, Wednesdays, 9 AM-12 PM. Type 2 Diabetes Cooking School (4-Class Series). Informative and very practical series of cooking classes are helpful and fun! Learn to effectively manage your diabetes from a Registered Dietician, and get hands on experience in the kitchen preparing healthy recipes from a Home Economist. Location: BernCo CES Lab, (Click for map) 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW, 87107. Reservations: Dianne Christensen, call 505-243-1386, or email or

April 16 - Save the Date - Cooking with Herbs and Spices - Albuquerque
04/16/2020, Thursday, 9 AM-12 PM. Location: NMSU BernCo CES Lab (Click for map) 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW, 87107. Check back for more info.

Master Gardener Program

  • Oct. 1, 2019, to Feb. 29, 2020 - Master Gardener Hotline Inactive for Fall & Winter
  • Oct. 7, 2019 - Master Gardener Enrollment Filled; no further applications accepted for 2020 courses.
  • Jan. 2020 - Master Gardener Training Begins; continues through Apr. 2020. All classes are held at the Albuquerque Garden Center * (Click for Map), 10120 Lomas Blvd. NE, 87112.
  • Jan. to Apr., 2020 - Select Tuesdays, 1 PM - Public Gardening Classes, $5 Cash per class, payable in at door. See the webpage for details and specific dates & times:
  • Mar. 1, 2020, to Sep. 30, 2020 - Master Gardener Hotline Active for Spring & Summer, Mon.-Fri., 9:30 AM-2:30 PM
  • Oct. 1, 2020 - Master Gardener Hotlilne Closes. Inactive Fall & Winter
  • Oct. 2020 (date & time TBD) - Master Gardener Recruit Info Session @ Garden Center
  • Oct. 2020 (date & time TBD) - Online Application Link goes active. See their webpage at (external link).

2020 Master Gardener Program Application
As of 11:00 am Monday, October 7, 2019, Registration for the 2020 Master Gardener Class is closed.
Thank you for your interest in the program! Please check the Albuquerque Master Gardener webpage next September for information to be posted concerning 2021 Classes.

Master Composters Program

Classes and Other Activities for the Public

Topics include art, science, materials, methods, and benefits of various composting techniques. See individual class descriptions. New classes added as scheduled. Check back often.

Jr. Master Gardener Program

Jr. Master Gardener Program - External site
An eight to ten week after school/home school program of the university cooperative system, currently for children in Grades K-3. JMG youth are encouraged to become good gardeners and good citizens through a series of group and individual activities. Their horticultural and environmental science education consists of a prescribed set of activities, a service learning project, and more. JMGs are then eligible to receive national JMG Program certification. For more information, contact John Garlisch, or visit this website's 4-H School Enrichment Page.

4-H Youth Development

 Bernalillo County 4-H Facebook

Bernalillo County 4-H Fair (2019 Fair was July 27 - August 3)
Results from the 2019 Bernalillo County 4-H Fair will be posted once compiles. Stay tuned!

  • Click through to the 4-H Site for more up-to-date activities.

  • The Bernalillo County Extension 4-H Program Plan (2017 ed.) provides an overview of the goals and outreach the office has achieved and plans to conduct for 2017. As the office gears up for the 2017-2018 school year, many of these goals will still be in place and a new calendar of events will be published.

  • Note: Each year, 4-H programs begin October 1st.

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Find a Market, Meet Some Farmers, Shopping, Recipes, Food Access, and more. Check back often.

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Through April 2020

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New! - Happy Holidays Baking - Recipe Book
Traditionally, BernCo CES has offered Fall cooking classes in preparation for holiday celebrations and gift giving. This year, we instead offer this collection of favorite dishes often included in such workshops taught by Cindy Davies. Call or write if you have any questions: 505-243-1386 or Enjoy!