Bernalillo County

Cooperative Extension Service

Major Program Areas

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2022 Advisory Meeting

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Upcoming Events

Health, Wellness, Food

Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods

An in-person live course designed for managers and supervisors of commercially canned acidified food processing operations. Satisfies the training requirements outlined by both the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's regulations for acidified canned foods.

  • Date/Time: February 21-24, 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Location: South Valley Economic Development Center, 318 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM
  • Website: Better Process Control School - for more information or to register for the course.
Kitchen Creations: A Cooking School for People with Diabetes

Learn how to eat healthy delicious foods and manage diabetes in this educational and informative series. Please join us if you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, diabetes, or cook for people with these conditions. Taught by a registered dietitian and a wellness educator, you will enjoy practical tips, receive delicious recipes, cook delicious meals in the lab time, and be prepared to manage your wellness journey long term.

  • Date/Time: Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: Bernalillo County Extension Office, 1510 Menaul Ext Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
  • To register, call 505-243-1386 or email bernalillo@nmsu.edu with your name, address, phone number, and email.
ServSave Food Safety Manager Class and Exam - In Person

Attendees who successfully complete the course and pass the exam will receive a certification from NRA Solutions which is nationally recognized and valid for 5 years. The 8-hour course (including a lunch break) will utilize the ServSafe Manager Book and approved videos. Payment is required at the time of registration. No refunds available. Your book will be mailed to the address provided in your registration process.

Please review the ServSafe book in its entirety. It will take at least 5-7 hours to review 10 chapters. We recommend reviewing the material thoroughly in order to gain a better understanding of concepts that may be new to you. Once you have paid the registration fee, a 7th edition ServSafe Manager book will be mailed USPS to the provided address. If there are special mailing instructions, please email ambenson@nmsu.edu directly.

  • Date/Time: April 11, 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Location: 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Lab Fee: $199
  • To register, click Register for ServSave. If you are unable to register online, Please call (505) 243-1386 to register.
Bread Baking at Altitude: Using Ancient Grains & Sourdough - In Person

This workshop will explore traditional grains like Sonora White Wheat, Mexican June Corn, Barley, and Rye. We will learn how these grains have been traditionally used and how you can incorporate them into your everyday baking. Altitude can play a significant role in baking and present challenges for home bakers. This class will provide trusted resources for high-altitude baking and include a hands-on baking lab. Participants will make their very own sourdough starter to take home.

  • Date/Time: April 25, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Lab Fee: $20
  • To register, click Register for Bread Baking. If you are unable to register online, Please call (505) 243-1386 to register.
Koji Rice & Koji Barley: Starter Culture - In Person

This workshop is a beginner's class to the world of Koji, a traditional Japanese starter culture often used in food production. Koji is a mold-based fermentation that can be used to make many food products like miso and soy sauce. In this class, participants will learn a brief history of koji, the enzymes koji provides, and how to use koji in their home kitchen to enhance daily Western-style cooking. Participants will get to taste koji-derived condiments and take home a starter culture. A hands-on lab will teach students a recipe utilizing koji.

  • Date/Time: May 9, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Lab Fee: $20
  • To register, click Register for Koji Starter. If you are unable to register online, Please call (505) 243-1386 to register.
Vinegars from Start to Finish - In Person

This workshop is a beginner's introduction to homemade vinegar. Participants will be introduced to acetic acid, learn about different types of vinegar, necessary equipment, and how to safely ferment apple scraps into a homemade apple cider vinegar. Participants will get to taste many different vinegars. Students will get to start their own apple scrap vinegar to take home.

  • Date/Time: May 23, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Lab Fee: $20
  • To register, click Register for Vinegars. If you are unable to register online, Please call (505) 243-1386 to register.
Kraut & Kimchi Workshop - In Person

Sauerkraut and Kimchi are vegetable ferments. Learn how to make your own at home safely through research-based information. Participants will get to make both Sauerkraut and Kimchi in a hands-on lab. Students will get to take home a jar of their choosing which includes a pickle pebble (fermentation weight) and pickle pipe (fermentation airlock).

  • Date/Time: June 6, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Lab Fee: $35
  • To register, click Register for Kraut & Kimchi. If you are unable to register online, Please call (505) 243-1386 to register.
Pickles Workshop - In Person

This workshop will focus on how to use a salt-brine solution to make pickles. Participants will learn how to safely ferment vegetables using a brine to create lactic-acid fermentation. Students will learn how lactic acid fermentation works with vegetables to create pickles in a hands-on lab. Class participants will get to take home a jar of lacto-fermented vegetables.

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

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.

Garden, Farm

Ready, Set, Grow Webinar Series
Produce Safety Alliance Webinars
  • Date/Time: Every month, 8 AM - 12:30 PM, both days. Cost $45 for NM residents.
  • Website: PSA Grower
Pile Burn Workshop - In Person

A workshop for forest and fire practitioners and interested landowners to learn about creating prescriptions for pile burning, pile construction, PPE, containment, and permitting.

Produce Safety Alliance In-Person

The cost for these trainings is $50 for New Mexico residents and $135 for non-New Mexico residents. Includes training manual and certificate of course completion.

  • Aztec, NM
    • Date/Time: Thursday, February 29, 8 AM - 5 PM
    • Location: San Juan County Fire Training Center, 209 South Oliver Dr., Aztec, NM 87410
    • Flyer: PSA Aztec Training
  • Albuquerque, NM
    • Date/Time: Friday, March 1, 8 AM - 5 PM
    • Location: Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service, 1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
    • Flyer: PSA Albuquerque Training
Grow the Growers 2024 Winter Business Series - In Person

A series of six, in-person classes designed to explore agriculture as a business, including developing your farm business plan, licensure registration and permitting, record-keeping, market opportunities, taxes for farmers, and accessing capital and government programs.

  • Date/Time: Tuesday evenings, 6 - 7:30 PM, January 23 - February 27, 2024
  • Location: Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension, 1510 Menaul Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
  • Walk-Ins welcome.
  • Flyer: 2024 Winter Business Series (PDF)
Land and Water Summit - In Person

The 2024 Land and Water Summit will feature speakers who will present innovative approaches to help mitigate the impacts of climate change on our land and water.

  • Date/Time: March 7 and 8, Pre-Summit Field Trip on March 6
  • Location: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM
  • To learn more or to register, please visit 2024 Land and Water Summit
2024 Annual Fruit Growers Workshop

The 2024 Annual Fruit Growers Workshop will include a variety of speakers on fruit related topics from experts in their field. Speakers and extension personnel will be on hand to talk and answer any questions pertaining to their respective areas of expertise. Lunch will be included.

  • Date/Time: March 15, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Location: Alcalde Community Center, 26 State Hwy 389, Alcalde, NM 87566
  • Fee: $20 to cover meal and materials (pay at event)
  • Flyer: 2024 Annual Fruit Growers Workshop
  • To register, please call: 505-471-4711 and speak with Tom or Andrea. Registration ends March 8, 2024
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.

  • Improving Desert Garden Soil
    • Saturday, February 17, 10 AM - 12 PM
    • Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120
  • Home Composting Basics
    • Saturday, April 6, 12 PM - 2 PM
    • Location: Loma Colorado Library, 755 Loma Colorado Blvd NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124
  • Home Composting Basics
    • Saturday, May 4, 10 AM - 12 PM
    • Location: Ag Center Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 5945 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM, 87105
  • Worms
    • Saturday, August 3, 10 AM - 12 PM
    • Location: Ag Center at Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 5945 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM, 87105
  • 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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