Cooperative Extension Service Bernalillo County

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Seasonal News

  • 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.
  • 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.

Upcoming Events and Classes

August 17, 2019 - Bernalillo County BOSQUE CHILE FESTIVAL.
Saturday, 8/17/19, 10 AM-6 PM. ADMISSION: $5 (Children 5 & Under - Free). A celebration of food, art, and culture on the Rio Grande. Agricultural workshops, chef demonstrations & more. LOCATION: (Click for map): National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St SW, 87102. Details here.


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!


August 20, 2019 - Keys to Embracing Aging. Interactive program highlighting 12 keys aimed at helping you grow old gracefully, successfully, and with increased longevity:
Tuesday, 08/20/19; 9 AM-12 PM, by Dianne Christensen. RESERVATIONS: Pre-Registration required; space is limited. Must 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.


August 21, 2019 - Fruit and Tomatoes. Hands-On Lab Class.
Wednesday, 08/21/19, 9 AM-12 PM, buy Cindy Shlenker-Davies. FEE: $15 each Class. 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


August 21, 2019 - Growing Herbs. 2019 Los Ranchos Farm and Garden Series
Wednesday, 8/21/19, 6 PM-8 PM, by Sean Ludden. Please reserve your spot early. 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 Demonstration, Workshop, & Lecture Series info here


August 22, 2019 - Pressure Canning Veggies. Hands-On Lab Class.
Thursday, 08/22/19, 9 AM-12 PM, by Cindy Shlenker-Davies. FEE: $15 each Class. 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 Summer Classes. Hands-On Lab Classes. FEE: $15 each Class. 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

  • Upcoming Classes - (Also listed above)
    • August 21 - Fruit and Tomatoes - Wednesday, 08/21/19, 9 AM-12 PM, $15. Preregistration is required.
    • August 22 - Pressure Canning Veggies - Thursday, 08/22/19, 9 AM-12 PM, $15. Preregistration is required.

2019 Summer Cooking and Health Classes Flyer.
2019 Summer Food Preservation Classes Flyer.


Agriculture, Horticulture, and Natural Resources page - Click to view the Upcoming Events Calendar.

  • Upcoming Classes - (Also listed above)
    • August 22, 2019 - Plant Identification and Why It Is Important - Thursday, 08/22/19, 1:30 PM, by Lynda Garvin. LOCATION (Click for map): Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Ln SE, Rio Rancho. Event Flyer

August 25, 2019 - Albuquerque TOMATO FIESTA. Master Gardener Fiesta
Sunday, 8/25/19, 11 AM-3 PM, ADMISSION: $5 (Kids under 12 - Free). Features heirloom tomato tasting, gardening seminars, and plant clinics, as well as a garden trade fair. LOCATION: (Click for map): Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas NE, 87110. Info here.


August 28, 2019 - Making the Most of Family Meals (Webinar)
Wednesday, 8/28/19, 12 PM, by Dr. Karim Martinez and Lucinda Banegas-Carreon. Studies consistently find that families benefit emotionally, socially and physically from sharing meals. This webinar will discuss the advantages of eating together and give tips for improving family meals. It will also include information about the "National Family Meals Month" campaign in September that encourages families to eat together. LOCATION: Webinar - Click here to Register.


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).
    • September 4 - Planting Fall Raised Beds - Wednesday, 09/04/19, 6 PM - 8 PM, by John Garlisch.
    • September 18 - Grapes: When to Harvest. Judging your Grapes' Maturity - Wednesday, 09/18/19, 6 PM - 8 PM, by Dr. Gill Giese.
    • October 19 - Cover Crop/Soil - Saturday, 10/19/19, 9 AM - 12 PM, by Rudy Garcia NRCS.
    • 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.

September 4, 2019 - Norovirus: The Winter Vomiting Bug (Webinar)
Wednsday, 9/4/19, 12:00 PM, by Dr. Sonja Koukel, Community & Environmental Specialist. Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea; it is called the Winter Vomiting Bug because it is more common in the winter. However, you can catch norovirus any time of the year and everyone is at risk. This webinar provides an overview of the disease, its symptoms, how the virus is spread, and how you can avoid being infected. LOCATION: Webinar - Click here to Register.

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

  • Upcoming Classes - (Some also listed above)
    • October 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2019 - Kitchen Creations. Type 2 Diabetes Cooking School (4-Class Series). Tuesdays, 9 AM-12 PM, by Dianne Christensen. RESERVATIONS: Pre-Registration required (Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes). Space is limited; must 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.
    • October 18 & 19, 2019 - THRIVE Wellness Conference. Friday, 10/18/19, AM & Saturday, 10/19/19, AM. More info to come.
    • January, 2020 - National Diabetes Prevention Program. More info about the 2020 program to come.

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

  • 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.

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

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