Pollinators, Hedgerows, Insectary Borders and Flowers ($30) March 1, 2014

Pollinators are at risk due to threats from pesticides, genetically engineered crops, and loss of habitat.  They are an essential part of food and seed production.  Come learn about all types of pollinators, bee forage and nesting habits, and the plants and flowers they love.  Learn how to create a pollinator sanctuary on your garden or farm.  The use of hedgerow and insectary borders in agricultural areas helps to create healthy ecosystems where pollinators can thrive, so we can maintain our synergistic relationship with these insects.

Date: March 1, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Les Crowder
Les Crowder (Photo Source: http://www.fortheloveofbees.com/)

Instructors:  Les Crowder has kept bees for over thirty years.  His recently published book, “Top Bar Beekeeping” shares how to keep bees using natural methods to protect our pollinators.   Michael Reed is a certified permaculture teacher and designer who teaches about holistic systems in nature.

Holistic Orchard Production and Tree Grafting ($45) , February 22, 2014

Holistic Orchard Production and Tree Grafting  ($45)

Limited to 20 persons – must pre-register by February 21st

Class Date: February 22, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Class Size: 20 Students Max

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Successful fruit production cannot be confined to managing pests or finding the right fertility practice. Selecting the appropriate varieties, understanding and managing the structure of your trees, achieving good pollination, siting, and many other factors also enter in. All need to be considered together to achieve a healthy and happy orchard. In this one day workshop will we will talk about holistic orchard management, insect strategies, soils, orchard timing, pruning and cover cropping. In the afternoon, participants will get to try their hand at bench grafting. This type of asexual propagation is the only way to guarantee the identical characteristics of many fruit cultivars.

Photo Source http://nmfruit.blogspot.com/
Gordon Tooley (Photo Source http://nmfruit.blogspot.com/)

Instructor: Gordon Tooley of Tooley’s Trees in Truchas, NM. Gordon and his wife, Margaret, sell many heirloom and uncommon varieties of grafted apples, apricots, plums, pears and cherries. Some varieties have all but disappeared from our markets. The trees are grafted on rootstocks carefully selected to match the climate and soil types in New Mexico area.

The Whole of Seed – Offered by Cuatro Puertas, Albuquerque, NM

Seed saving has reached stardom status. Everyone wants to learn how to save their seeds. Yet seed is only one link in an entire system. To successfully pass seeds on to future generations, we need to understand how the system functions and where we fit in it, before the seed is even planted.

Join us for a two-year adventure in learning about seeds and experiencing them through a hands-on approach, with you in the driver’s seat.


The course starts with an agro-ecological overview in which you will learn to design your farm or garden into a sustainable, productive system that is sensitive to your location and resources. From there, we will move into the development of seed from botany, plant physiology, pollination, plant selection and seed harvesting. Each student will work on at least two varieties over the two-year period for their seed breeding project.

The course will be taught by experts in various fields including permaculture, beekeeping, seed breeding, culinary arts, and orchard production. Instructors also include owners of family-owned seed companies.
Course basics include the following systems:

  • Foundation: Soil, plant basics, pollinators, fruit trees and shrubs, resource conservation
  • Plants and Seeds: Plant diversity; development of varieties acclimated to our local environments
  • Economics of Farming and Seeds: History, social justice, economic viability, politics of seeds and legal implications

Dates: Below are the dates for Year One (2014). Year Two (2015) to be determined.


Year One (2014):
February 8 – Starting Point: Sense of Place, Location, Soil, Plant Basics* ($30)
February 9 – Kick Starting Your 2014 Grow Outs* ($30)

February 22 – Holistic Orchard Production and Tree Grafting* ($45)

March 1 – Pollinators, Hedgerows, Insectary Borders and Flowers* ($30)

March 14 – The Seed Overview – Environment, Pests and Disease
March 15  – The Wide World of Possibility: Variety Clean-Up, Creation, and Maintenance

June, August Field Site Visits – One day in each month
October Fall Harvesting, Storage and Tasting


  • $800; payments can be made over a two-year period
  • $700, if paid in one-year
  • Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships available for NM residents

Location: Classes will be held in Albuquerque, NM, and nearby locations.

Registration: Deadline for registering is February 7th or whenever the class is full.

  • To register ,or for additional information, please send an email with your name, address, phone number and email address to: c4econ@yahoo.com
  • If you want to apply for a scholarship, please state this in your email.


Seeds for ThoughtA free two part educational event featuring two of New Mexico’s seed experts, Michael Reed (La Orilla Farm, The Permaculture Institute) and Joshua Cravens (Jardin del Alma, project director of the Arid Crop Seed Cache). Both are core members of Save New Mexico Seeds, an organization dedicated to preserving and protecting New Mexico’s heirloom seeds from GE contamination.


A Philosophy of Seeds: Past, Present, and Future.

Venue: Classes will take place at Plants of the Southwest at 6680 4th Street Albuquerque NM 87107.

Date & Time: January 21st from 1:00-3:00 pm:

Michael Reed providing an in-depth discussion focusing on

the following:

“Plants have been domesticating humans for many thousands of years, providing us with food, shelter, medicine, clothing, and beauty. In return, we have cultivated and nurtured them, and brought them with us in our travels across the earth. Seed is the vessel through which this contract has been bound. The basic act of planting a seed creates an immediate link with every human culture that has ever existed, since civilization began. But increasingly the contract is ignored or has been willfully broken, and the intimate dance of humans and plants is under assault.

This talk will include in-depth discussions of the history of human/plant cooperation and coevolution, the real and imminent threats to this partnership (including, but not limited to, GMOs), and very practical suggestions for direct healing action.”


Seed Growing 101

Venue: Classes will take place at Plants of the Southwest at 6680 4th Street Albuquerque NM 87107.

Date & Time: January 28th from 1:00-3:00pm

Joshua Cravens who will focus on Seed Growing 101:

“Organic Seed is the foundation of organic agriculture. However, most growers just purchase their seed and think very little about how important their seed choices are. There is a definite need for many more, knowledgeable organic seed growers to make the organic model sustainable. This workshop will cover many seed related topics such as: isolation distances, the importance of population size, how growing seeds can diversify your harvest, what to look for when buying seed, understanding the difference between hybrids, open pollinated and heirloom varieties, what seed crops grow best in the southwest, along with a step-by-step how to grow and clean seed. Any grower can benefit from this workshop and gain insight into the foundation of our farming systems.”

Seating will be limited so please bring your own chair if possible.



Seed Saving Workshops – 16 OCT 2010


1) Seed Saving Workshop with

Joshua Cravens, Project Director for the Arid Crop Seed Cache

-A Project of Cuatro Puertas-

WHEN: October 16th, 2010 , 10:30 am – 12:30pm

WHERE: Hubble House, 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque , NM 87105-6631(MAP)

FREE EVENT but need to register.

“Learn what you need to know to confidently grow seed on a commercial level or as a backyard gardener. This in-depth workshop will provide details far beyond just planting and ha

rvest. Learn about topics such as: isolation distances, population minimums, importance of variety maintenance, seed cleaning techniques, crop specific tips and much more. “

REGISTRATION:  Contact Valerie at:  vhermanson@bernco.gov,  Phone:  505-314-0398


2) Seed Saving Workshop with

Joshua Cravens, Project Director for the Arid Crop Seed Cache

WHEN: Saturday October 16th, 2010, 3:00 PM

WHERE: 410 Atrisco NW Albuquerque, NM 87105(MAP), Just north of Central

FREE EVENT but need to register.

This is our last workshop of the season. We will cover seed saving basics, with lots of hands on examples as well as more advanced techniques such as saving seed from biennials.

Why Save Seed

How to Save, Clean and Store Seed

Saving Seed from Biennials

Biennial plants are ones that go to seed during their second growing season, usually in the spring. Some example of biennial plants are parsnips, carrots, cole plants (cabbage, brussel sprouts, turnips, kale and so on), celery and celery root (celeriac), parsley, beets and swiss chard. Come learn tips on how to best save seeds from your biennials.

Hope to see you there!!

REGISTRATION : FREE, please email Sarah: sarah@gardensedge.org

Seed Growing 101 Workshop & Field Tour

Date: August 17th, 2010 10am – 2pm
Location: San Ignacio
Church, Monticello Plaza,
Monticello, NM (Click for MAP)

A free lunch made from local ingredients will be shared in the Plaza at noon.

Learn all that you need to know to confidently grow seed on a commercial
level or as a backyard gardener. This in-depth workshop will provide
details far beyond just planting and harvest, while showing an example of
a working local farm, Jardin del Alma. This workshop will include topics
such as: isolation distances, population minimums, importance of variety
maintenance, seed cleaning techniques and crop specific tips.
Space limited to 50 participants.

Click here to pre-registration online

You must preregister for this free workshop by July 17th, 2010.

This workshop is being presented in collaboration with: Cuatro Puertas, Organic Seed
Alliance, and Family Farmers Seed Coop. Funded by a USDA Rural Development Grant.

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The Garden’s Edge

Food, Seeds, Culture


Open your eyes to the wonders of Seed Saving..

410 Atrisco NW 87105 north of Central

10:30 to 12:30

Bring a dish to share for lunch (optional)

Seeds First of 3 workshops on Seed Saving

Workshop 1

Basics of Seed Saving
Site Selection (Pests and challenges)
Ground Prep
Watering and Basic Care

Workshop Series

The majority of the workshops will be taught by Joshua Cravens from Jardin del Alma in Monticello New Mexico south of Socorro.  Joshua manages the Arid Crop Seed Catche (a project of  Cuatro Puertas).  These workshops are for farmers or gardeners who are interested in learning about seed saving for your own farm, or for farmers who are interested in growing seeds for the Arid Crop Seed Cache to generate more farm income or protect New Mexican heritage crops.

Workshop Information:

Held throughout the 2010 and 2011 growing season these three workshops will take you through all aspects of seed saving: planting, pollinators, isolation, harvesting, drying, fermenting, cleaning, and storing.

There will be a special focus on saving seed from root crops: seed to seed method, seed to root to seed method, beneficials brought to gardens, trials etc.

This workshop is sponsored by The Garden’s Edge, please call or email sarah@gardensedge.org to RSVP or for more information.