Bernalillo County

Cooperative Extension Service

Major Program Areas

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Announcements

Wildfire Resources

Bees and Wasps

If you would like to report a swarm, or have questions or concerns about bees or wasps, please visit Bees & Wasps

Giant Wasps in Albuquerque are Cicada Killer Wasps and NOT the Asian Giant Hornets.

2023 Advisory Meeting

Check out our 2023 Advisory Booklet (PDF) to learn about the highlights from our 2023 programs

Agents in Office

The Agents are working in the office or out in the community. Please call ahead for their availability or make an appointment directly with the agents.

Plant Samples and Site Visits

4-H Volunteers

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for 4-H, please fill out the 4-H Volunteer Interest Form


Upcoming Events

Health, Wellness, Food

Canning Tomatoes & Salsa Workshop - In Person

Sold Out This workshop will cover the basics of water-bath and atmospheric-steam canning for processing tomatoes and tomato products. Participants will learn the latest canning recommendations related to acidifying tomato products for safe home food preservation and the use of research-based recipes and methods. A hands-on lab will allow participants the opportunity to use equipment to follow approved recipes and will get the option to take home a finished jar of salsa.

  • Date/Time: July 20, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Lab Fee: $20
  • To register, click Register for Tomato Workshop. If you are unable to register online, Please call (505) 243-1386 to register.
Hot Sauces Workshop - In Person

Learn to master the basics of lactic-acid fermentation. Participants will learn how to safely ferment peppers in a salt solution to create flavored and aged hot sauces that can be bottled and shared with family and friends. A hands-on lab will allow participants to create their very own hot sauce or paste to take home and ferment.

  • Date/Time: July 25, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Lab Fee: $20
  • To register, click Register for Hot Sauce Workshop. If you are unable to register online, Please call (505) 243-1386 to register.
Preserving Summer: Apples

This event will explain the scientific reasoning behind today's recommended methods for home food preservation while dispelling food preservation myths and unsafe practices of the past. Amber will demonstrate a water bath canning recipe featuring apples and talk about other safe ways to preserve apples at home and avoid waste. This workshop will feature water bath canning, dehydrating, freeze-drying, and fermentation with specifically around apples. There will be a sensory portion of this workshop where participants will get to taste preserved apple treats. This is a free event.

  • Date/Time: Saturday, August 3, 10:30 AM
  • Location: South Broadway Library, 1025 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87102
  • To register, click When to Harvest Vegetables and How to Preserve Them. If you have questions about registration, please contact the South Broadway Library.
Miso & Mustard Workshop - In Person

This workshop will cover the simple steps of making homemade mustard, from sourcing ingredients, to processing, and storing your finished product. This workshop will also cover how to make miso paste from scratch by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji. Participants will have the opportunity to make miso and mustard in a hands-on lab and take home their creations.

  • Date/Time: August 8, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Lab Fee: $20
  • To register, click Register for Miso & Mustard Workshop. If you are unable to register online, Please call (505) 243-1386 to register.
Fermenting Flourishes: Preserved Lemons, Honey Fermented Garlic & Black Garlic - In Person

Ingredients like preserved lemons, honey fermented garlic, and black garlic are powerful ways to level-up your home kitchen. Participants will learn how to make each of these in a hands-on lab and get to take home each at the end of class. This workshop will provide recipes and ways to utilize these ingredients in everyday cooking to add a punch of flavor and umami to otherwise ordinary dishes.

  • Date/Time: August 22, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Lab Fee: $20
  • To register, click Register for Fermenting Flourishes. If you are unable to register online, Please call (505) 243-1386 to register.
Intermediate Kombucha: So You've Made Kombucha, Now What? - In Person

Dive into complex flavoring additions and how to make syrups for a second ferment, learn how to make kombucha syrup and what to do with it, how to build a SCOBY hotel, and why a continuous brew option may be right for you. A hands-on lab will allow participants to make flavored syrup to bottle and take home.

  • Date/Time: September 26, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Lab Fee: $20
  • To register, click Register for Intermediate Kombucha. If you are unable to register online, Please call (505) 243-1386 to register.
Preserving Prickly Pear: Red Chile Prickly Pear Jam & Pickled Nopales

An introductory class and demonstration highlighting the water bath canning process. This class will provide an overview of several different methods of home food preservation specifically focused on Prickly Pear cactus!  Participants will have the opportunity to taste Prickly Pear Jam and Pickled Nopales. Participants will receive USDA approved publications on preservation methods and recipes to take home.

Beginner Sausage Making Workshop - In Person
  • Date/Time: October 10, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Lab Fee: $30
  • To register, click Register for Sausage Workshop. If you are unable to register online, Please call (505) 243-1386 to register.
Chile Ristra Making Workshop - In Person
  • Date/Time: October 17, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Lab Fee: $35
  • To register, click Register for Chile Ristra Workshop. If you are unable to register online, Please call (505) 243-1386 to register.
Cold Smoking & Curing Meat: Learning to Make Your Own Charcuterie - In Person

This beginner's workshop will cover how cold smoking, fermentation, and curing work across the spectrum and how these processes layer and combine to create charcuterie. Participants will learn about meat selection, cures, salts, and nitrates, why climate control is important, an introduction to cold-smoking, and fermenting sausages. Participants will get the opportunity to create a charcuterie board in a hands-on lab and taste their creations.

  • Date/Time: October 24, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Lab Fee: $30
  • To register, click Register for Curing Meat. If you are unable to register online, Please call (505) 243-1386 to register.
Charcuterie Board Workshop - In Person
  • Date/Time: November 7, 10 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Lab Fee: $35
  • To register, click Register for Charcuterie Board Workshop. If you are unable to register online, Please call (505) 243-1386 to register.

Garden, Farm

Ready, Set, Grow Webinar Series
  • Date/Time: The 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 3 PM
  • Website: Ready, Set, Gro
Produce Safety Alliance Webinars
  • Date/Time: Every month, 8 AM - 12:30 PM, both days. Cost $45 for NM residents.
  • Website: PSA Grower
Events at the Agri-Nature Center of Los Ranchos - In Person

Learn about a wide variety of topics in horticulture and agriculture from experts in these fields. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Bernalillo County Open Space Backyard Farming 2024 - In Person

This workshop series includes instruction and demonstrations given by local experts in each topic. All workshops will take place between 10 AM - 12 PM

Composting Classes - In Person

Learn about composting in New Mexico's high desert climate from the Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters.

  • Composting with Worms
    • Saturday, July 20, 9 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Location: Larry P. Abraham Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Los Rachos de Albuquerque, NM, 87107 (during the Lavender Festival)
  • Home Composting Basics
    • Saturday, July 20, 11 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Location: Larry P. Abraham Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Los Rachos de Albuquerque, NM, 87107 (during the Lavender Festival)
  • Worms
    • Saturday, August 3, 10 AM - 12 PM
    • Location: Ag Center at Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 5945 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM, 87105
  • Home Composting Basics
    • Saturday, October 12, 10 AM - 12 PM
    • Location: Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87120
  • Hugelkultur
    • Saturday, November 2, 10 AM - 12 PM
    • Location: Gutierrez-Hubbell House Open Space, 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM, 87105
  • To register, RSVP online at Composting Classes.

Note:

  • All class times are listed as Mountain Time Zone unless otherwise stated
  • Auxiliary Assistance: If you are in need of any auxiliary assistance to participate in an extension program, please contact the event organizer to arrange services prior to the event.


Contact Us

NMSU-Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service
1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 243-1386 844-409-0562 (Toll Free)
Fax: (505) 243-1545
Email: bernalillo@nmsu.edu
URL: https://bernalilloextension.nmsu.edu

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