Cooperative Extension Service Bernalillo County

Major Program Areas

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Seasonal News

  • BEES & WASPS
    What are those buzzing insects?
    Are they a type of wasp or some type of bee? Before you call pest control or before you call a honey bee removal team, visit this page.
  • CHILE RESOURCES - Chile Propagation & Safe Handling
    NEW PAGE!
    It's that time year again... the smell of roasting chiles is in the air. Check out the Cooperative Extension Service's many tips and tricks for safely handling this New Mexico traditional food - from selection to preparation, roasting, and cleaning. Then choose from different options for cooking and/or preserving.
  • TOMATO RESOURCES - Tomato Propagation & Processing
    NEW PAGE!
    Information for gardeners intending to grow varieties of this much loved crop. Prepare a plot, sow, and fertilize, then recognize, diagnose, and treat many common problems. Includes sections on some of the annual issues, as well as not-so-common Pests, Diseases, and Conditions often noted around the state. Then peruse different options to cook or preserve your abundant harvest.

Contact Us

Bernalillo County
Cooperative Extension Service

1510 Menaul Blvd, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 505-243-1386
844-409-0562 (Toll Free)
Fax: 505-243-1545
Email: bernalillo@nmsu.edu

Map of Area Construction
September 2019 to April 2020
Map of detours scheduled for roads in the vicinity of the intersection at 12th St NW & Menaul Blvd NW. On 12th, from in from of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center north Los Arboles Avenue NW.  On Menaul, from the 4-H Park east to Los Tomases Dr. NW.
Detours will be scheduled for
a few of the roads in the vicinity of the
intersection at
12th St NW & Menaul Blvd NW.

On 12th, from in front of the
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
north to Los Arboles Avenue NW.

On Menaul, from the
4-H Park on Menaul Ext.
east to Los Tomases Dr. NW.

Upcoming Events and Classes

September 4-15, 2019 - New Mexico State Fair
Check back for more from the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service.
Meantime, visit the NM Expo page: https://statefair.exponm.com/


September 18 - Grapes: When to Harvest. Judging your Grapes' Maturity
Wednesday, 09/18/19, 6 PM - 8 PM. Learn how to assess the ripeness and sugar content of your fruit. Workshop by Dr. Gill Giese. (Click to register). RESERVATIONS: Some Please RSVP early to reserve your place; may be space limitations. FEE: $5 (cash or check at the door). LOCATION: (Click for map): Larry P. Abraham Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande Blvd NW. See below for more offerings, October, Nov., & Dec., 2019 Los Ranchos Farm and Garden Series.


September 21 - Rio Grande Heritage Festival (Click for Flyer)
*NEW* - Article: "NMSU to host Rio Grande Heritage Festival at Los Lunas science center" (Click to read)
Saturday, 09/21/19, 9 AM-1 PM. Celebrate the Heritage of Farming. Enjoy demonstrations, live music, a forage field tour from plus much, much more! LOCATION: Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center, 1036 Miller Road (Click for map). COST: Entry: Free. Food: $5 lunch-Green Chile Hamburger, Corn on the Cob, Beans, & a Beverage. CONTACT: Candace Salazar, 505-865-7340.


September 26 - How to Support Pollinators & Beneficial Insects in Central NM
Thursday, 09/26/19, 5:30 PM-8 PM. Xerces Society's evening workshop and field walk will cover observation, identification, and ecology of pollinators and beneficial insects. REGISTRATION: Click here for more information and link to register. LOCATION: NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas (Click for map).


October 9, 16, 23, & 30 - Kitchen Creations
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 Dietitian, and get hands on experience in the kitchen preparing healthy recipes from a Home Economist.
RESERVATIONS: Pre-Registration required (Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes). Space is limited; call 505-243-1386 to RSVP. COST: Free. LOCATION (Click for map): Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Services Lab, 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107.


Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)
Learn skills to better manage your health, by Dianne Christensen. PRE-REGISTRATION: Required. call 505-243-1386 to RSVP. Space in this 6-week DSMP Workshop is limited. Open to those with Type 2 Diabetes (family, friends, and caregivers welcome to accompany). COST: Free COST: Free.

  • October 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 12, & 19
    • Albuquerque - Tuesdays, 10/15-11/19/2019, 9 AM-11:30 AM.
      (Click for map): Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Services Lab, 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW

  • October 17, 24, 31 and November 7, 14, & 21
    • Tijeras - Thursdays, 10/17-11/21/2019, 9 AM-11:30 AM
      (Click for map): Tijeras Senior Center, 10 Tijeras Ave, Tijeras, NM 87059

October 18 & 19, 2019 - THRIVE Wellness Conference
Creating & maintaining health, happiness, and courage. (Click for Flyer)

SCHEDULE: Join us both days, or just one (Click for Info):
* Friday 10/18/19, 6 PM-8:30 PM (includes dinner)
* Saturday 10/19/19, 9 AM-12:15 PM (includes lunch)

AGENDA: Speaker agenda, and Workshop choices (Click for Details).

LOCATION: Santa Fe Extension Office, 3229 Rodeo Rd. (Click for Map)

PRE-REGISTRATION: Click to Register Online, thru Oct. 19.

PRICE: Pay for One Day (Fri. OR Sat), or pay for Both Days
* Early Bird, through SEP 19: One Day:$15, or Both Days: $25
* Standard, SEP 20-OCT 19: One Day: $18, or Both Days: $30

PAYMENT: via these methods (Click for details):
* Credit Card (or NMSU PCard),
* OR by Check (Oct. 11 mail-in deadline, else pay-at-the-door).

LODGING: Make a night of it! Plan to enjoy an overnight in Santa Fe and enjoy all the THRIVE offerings as well as friends. Here are a couple suggestions:
* Best Western Inn at Santa Fe (next to the outlet mall), 505-474-9500; $79.00 Queen, $89.00 2 Queens.
* Courtyard Santa Fe by Marriott, 505-473-2800, $99.00


October 19 - Cover Crop/Soil
Saturday, 10/19/19, 9 AM-12 PM, by Rudy Garcia NRCS, the State Agronomist for New Mexico. Learn how to improve soil health and achieve consequently productive soils. RESERVATIONS: (Click to register). Please RSVP early to reserve your place; may be space limitations. FEE: $5 (cash or check at the door). LOCATION: (Click for map): Larry P. Abraham Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande Blvd NW. 2019 Los Ranchos Farm and Garden Series.


October 23 - Regenerative Farming And Ranching Workshop
Wednesday 10/23/19. LOCATION: Los Lunas. Contact Kim Barmann, 505-0217-6657, Soil Health Academy. FEE: $65 per workshop; lunch included. REGISTER, click here..


November 2 - Aquaponics Workshop
Saturday 11/02/2019 - Save the Date. More info to follow. Check back.


2019 Fall Cooking Class - Hands-On Lab Class

November 6 - Eating Well With Diabetes: (Topic TBD)
Wednesday, 11/06/19, 9 AM-12 PM. Regardless of whether you are diabetic, plan to come and enjoy learning to make healthy dishes your friends and family will enjoy. LOCATION: Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Office (Click for map). LAB FEE: $10.00. PRE-REGISTRATION: Required; call the office 505-243-1386. LOCATION: (Click for map): Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Services Lab, 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107


2019 Los Ranchos Farm and Garden Series. Demonstrations, Workshops, & Lectures. RESERVATIONS: Some classes may have a space limitation, so please RSVP early to reserve yours. FEE: $5 per class (cash or check at the door). LOCATION: (Click for map): Larry P. Abraham Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande Blvd NW

  • Upcoming Classes - (Check back for Registration Links, available ~2 weeks in advance).
    • November 9 - Hoops/Mulch/Cold Frames - Saturday, 11/09/19, 9 AM - 12 PM, by John Garlisch.
    • December 11 - Wine Tasting for the Holidays - Wednesday, 12/11/19, 6 PM - 8 PM, by Dr. Gill Giese.

December 10, 2019 - New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference
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). For more info, Call 575-646-3155, or email btonn@nmsu.edu. LOCATION: UNM Valencia Campus, Los Lunas. Presented by NM Western SARE - Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education.


2020 Food, Nutrition & Health page - Click to view a listing of upcoming events and other resources. Food, Nutrition & Health page - Click to view a listing of upcoming events and other resources.

Upcoming Classes, Events, and Workshops

  • January-April - National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)
    For those at High Risk for Type 2 Diabetes. You Can Make A Change For Life. 16 weekly meetings & 6 monthly follow-up sessions. PRE-REGISTRATION: Call 505-243-1386.
    • Albuquerque - Tuesdays, 9 AM-11:30 AM, Jan-Apr (Dates TBD).
    • Tijeras - Thursdays, 9 AM-11:30 AM, Jan-Apr (Dates TBD).

  • January-February - Slim & Strong
    • Albuquerque - Wednesdays, Jan 22-Feb 26, 9 AM-11 AM

  • February - Kitchen Creations
    Series of 4 cooking classes.
    • East Mountains - Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20, & 27, 1 PM-4 PM

January ??-?? - 2020 New Mexico Hay & Forage Conference
TBD - Check back for more information. Click here for information from the last conference, held in January, 2019.


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


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

Master Composters

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.


Area Growers and Farmers Markets

New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association

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


4-H Youth Development

Bernalillo County 4-H Fair (held July 27 - August 3)
Results from the 2019 Bernalillo County 4-H Fair will be posted soon. 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.