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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


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BernCo CES News

News! - Organic Farming Conference provides opportunity to learn and connect
Southwest's largest organic conference is Feb. 21 and 22 in Albuquerque. (Click to read more...).

Jan. 20 - * Hotel Reservation Deadline * - 2020 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference
Click to see more information below.
Friday & Saturday, Feb. 21 & 22, 2020, Times & Agendas below. Location: Hotel Albuquerque.

Jan. 21 - * Next Class * - Master Gardening for the Public
See the list of classes available for the public (no registration required); attend one or several. 1-2:30 PM, Cost: * $5 each Session - Cash Only - Payable at door * Location: Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, 87112 (Click for Map).

New! - Hearty New Mexican Soups and Stews - Recipe Booklet
Perfect for winter meals, try these favorite recipe that are sure to warm you up. Previously available for Cindy Schlenker-Davies' winter cooking classes; now in PDF format (with clickable links in the table of contents).

Hearty New Mexico Soups and Stews cover art depicting a steaming bowl of stew surrounded by carrot, a mushroom, and a spoon

2020 Winter Brochure Cover with snowshoers and text Winter Wellness

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.

* * * * * * * * * 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

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.

New Page! - Seasonal Gardening Resources
Resources (publications, webpages, videos, and even plans and materials lists. Some information was intended to be distributed at last Fall's cancelled 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.

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.

* 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.

BernCo CES Events & Classes

* * * 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.

Jan. 24 - * Certification Course Begins * - 2020 Master Food Preserver
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

    • Jan. 14 - * Registration Due * - Click for webpage to find registrations links (one for each Part).

Jan. 28 or Jan. 30 - * First Sessions * - National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)
01/28/2020 through 01/2021, Days and Times Vary by Location. For those at High Risk for Type 2 Diabetes, You Can Make A Change For Life classes are comprised of weekly meetings with bi-monthly & monthly followup sessions into Jan. 2021. RSVP Required: Call 505-243-1386, or email:

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 (external site)

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:

Feb. 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.
02/21-22/2020, Friday & Saturday. Note: One-Day attendance is only available for Saturday. Location: (Click for map) Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, 800 Rio Grande Blvd NW, 87104. Registration links:

New! - Click to download the Program Guide, listing session and demonstration details.

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.

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 - Save The Dates - Kitchen Creations - Albuquerque
04/08/2020-04/29/2020, Wednesdays, 9 AM-12 PM. Type 2 Diabetes Cooking School (4-Class Series). Check back for more info.

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

Jan. 14 - * First Class * - Master Gardening for the Public
See the list of classes available for the public (no registration required); attend one or several. 1-2:30 PM, Cost: * $5 each Session - Cash Only - Payable at door * Location: Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, 87112 (Click for Map).

  • 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
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, visit this website's 4-H School Enrichment Page.

4-H Youth Development

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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.

Area Growers & Farmers Markets

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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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Detours-12th & Menaul closure through JAN 2020

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