Workshop Series

In 2009 and 2010 we offered a series of workshops about growing and preparing healthy food.

Please stay tuned for a listing of workshops that will be offered in 2011.


2010 Workshops Included:

Healthy, Fun Food for the Holidays! Tips for  Food Fitness & Feeling Good While You Enjoy Yourself - Saturday,  December 11, 9 AM - 12:30 PM
With Becca Martin, Registered Dietician/Nutritionist, & Gretchen Beaubier, Chef

-  Basics of year-round healthful nutrition
- How every person is  different, and finding what works well for you
- Tips & tricks  for enjoying the holidays without gaining weight or getting sick
-  Foods that help boost your immune system vs. foods that foster colds
-  Samples of excellent snacks
- Menus for tasty everyday and holiday  meals with easy practical recipes
- How to shop on a budget,  including a tour of Whole Foods Market

Healthful Nutrition is Fun! Creating Great Food from your Garden & Grocer - Sunday, Sept 26: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM - With Becca Martin, Registered Dietician and Nutritionist, and Gretchen Beaubier, Chef and Mother. We learned how to eat simply and enjoyably in ways that are just right for each of us. Gretrchen and Becca reviewed how a person can meet many nutritional needs from what we raise in our own back yard, and how we can supplement what we grow easily and affordably from our local Grocer. The workshop included recipes and food tasting that was fun and delicious. Co-sponsored with Whole Foods you Whole Foods!)  Presented at the Whole Foods Workshop Space just north of the store at Indian School and Carlisle.

Food Forest and Preparing for Your Winter Garden - Saturday, September 25: 9 AM - Noon - With Bard Edrington and Zoe Wilcox - We learned permaculture principles for planting a "Food Forest" as part of your garden, as well as what can grow in the winter in Albuquerque. We also covered how to prepare cold frames and mini-green houses for your winter garden, and how to get the jump on your garden for spring by preparing your beds with green waste, mulching, and composting. Bard and Zoe reviewed techniques for protecting your perennials through the winter, and discussed best winter watering quantities and methods for winter. Co-sponsored with Mother Nature Gardens and Living Edge Landscaping, and www.livingedgelandscaping.comPresented at Mother Nature Gardens, 209 47th Street Northwest, Albuquerque, 87105.

Keeping the Bounty from your Garden: Food Conserving Made Easy! Saturday, September 11: 1:30 - 5:30 PM - With Suzanne Maxwell and Lora Roberts - This afternoon was a feast for the senses, as participants harvested, smelled, tasted, listened to the birds outside, and admired the beautiful environment while learning. We studied simple canning techniques, best food drying methods, what to know when you're freezing produce, including how to make freezer jam, quick pickling and traditional pickling, fermentation, lacto fermentation, and making dairy products. The workshop was ocated at "Small Potatoes" homestead in Placitas, a lovely property and home, which is a demonstration site for permaculture principles.

Raising Urban Chickens with Zoe Wilcox
Saturday, June 12, Presenters received a complete introduction to what you need to know/do/have in order to raise urban chickens including: benefits; deciding breeds and quantity; locating and designing your coop; portable shelters; care and feeding; maximizing egg production; and using chicken manure for compost.  
Introduction to Beekeeping with Dr. Gary Moses
Saturday, May 29, 9 AM to Noon, North Valley, Cost $15. A comprehensive overview of how to raise honeybees, with a hands-on look inside a hive, and demonstration of how to harvest and process your honey. Includes extensive handouts with supply lists and costs.
Irrigation Systems - Drip, Soaker Hoses, Hand Watering, Sunday, April 18, 1 - 4 PM, at the Albuquerque Opportunity Center, 715  Candelaria NE, with Jeff Parks and Zoe Wilcox. Cost was $10 - $15 on a sliding scale with some scholarships available. Most proceeds went to the Albuquerque Opportunity Center Men's Homeless Shelter.
Planning and Planting to Take Your Garden to the Next Level
With Yvonne Scott of
Cost: $10 - $15, sliding scale. This workshop helped participants plan a garden for spring, summer, fall, and winter. They learned what to seed directly into the ground, what to raise as seedling for transplant (and how), how to best support the plants in their gardens from previous seasons, and how to transplant most effectively. We also addressed best uses for your winter compost, and how to prepare existing beds for greatest success this year. For more info about The Source visit
Summer, 2009 workshops included:
1. Site Assessment and Permaculture Design for the Backyard Farm
  with Zoe Edrington and Melanie Rubin 
2. Garden Planting
  with Yvonne Scott, Zoe Edrington, and visitors from the
  Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
3. Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater Systems
  with Alberto Lopez and Zoe Edrington
4. Raising Urban Chickens
  with Zoe Edrington
5. The Basics of Beekeeping
  with Casey Paul
Learning, growing, sharing, having fun, being outside, enjoying nature, eating good food, getting exercise, and being with our neighbors, families, and friends. Does it get any better than that?