Free Bee & Pollinator Awareness Day: June 22

June 21, 2014 by  
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Free honey tasting, meet beekeepers, and learn all about making your garden bee-friendly, or even keeping bees yourself, at the Bees, Bats, and Butterflies event on June 22, 2014.

Oh yes, it’s a free bee freebie!

So no, you don’t get free bees, but when you buzz down to the Bee, Bats and Butterflies Pollinator awareness day at the Open Space Visitor Center on Sunday June 22 between 10 am and 3 pm, you do get to taste honey and see a bee hive. You can also learn about pollinator-friendly plants to grow in your garden, and meet an Albuquerque beekeeper to find out how you could do it yourself.

Other activities for adults and kids include:

  • Put on a beekeeping suit and have your photo taken (sounds fun! How will anyone know it’s YOU though?)
  • Make a native bee house
  • Make pollinator plant seed balls
  • Make rolled beeswax candles
  • See the Wings of Enchantment Butterfly Life Cycle display
  • 10:30 am: Presentation on the Butterfly Life Cycle, Wings of Enchantment
  • 11:30 am: Bats as Pollinators presentation by William Gannon, a UNM Biologist
  • 1 pm: Mead Making presentation with Phil Grosfblatt
  • 2 pm: Basics of Beekeeping Presentation

They are also promising pollinator plant giveaways. See all the Bee, Bats, and Butterflies Pollinator Awareness Day info at the link.  The bee celebration takes place:

  • When: Sunday June 22, 2014
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Open Space Visitor Center
  • Cost: Free!

This is part of the National and New Mexico Pollinator Week, an initiative to raise pollinator awareness of species vital to our food systems and economy. We love the bees here at Albuquerque on the Cheap, and if you’re interested in keeping bees yourself, don’t forget to check out the Albuquerque Beekeepers Group which is a great resource for anyone interested in urban beekeeping.

Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW (between Montano and Paseo del Norte).

–Tania


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Local Food Festival and Field Day: October 13

October 9, 2013 by  
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The Local Food Festival and Field Day at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House is a celebration of Albuquerque history, culture and farming.  It’s true to its name, with family fun including free food tastings from Albuquerque chefs, gardening and food preservation workshops, kids activities, tours, live music, and even a homemade pie contest!

The 2013 Local Food Festival and Field Day is held this Sunday October 13  from 11 am to 4 pm at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House and Demonstration Farm.  In previous years, the organizer told me around 3,000 people went, so it should be lively down on the farm!

Admission is free to all, and celebrations at the sixth annual Local Food Festival and Field Day include:

  • Free food tastings and Albuquerque chef demonstrations
  • Free tours of the historic Historic Hubbell House and farm, and walk the nature trail.
  • Free homesteading workshops and talks on food preservation, gardening and urban farming, and beekeeping, plus a seed giveaway.
  • Kids’ activities include a climbing wall, face painting, petting zoo, story time, kids’ sack races, and seed spitting contests.
  • Workshops for kids include leather crafting!
  • A Youth Showcase Parade.
  • Free film screenings.
  • A South Valley cycling tour
  • Live music including Mala Mana and Cactus Tractor.

If you want to enter the home cook pie contest sponsored by Edible magazine, sign up fast! Admission is free and there are prizes to be won. The emphasis is on local pies featuring at least one ingredient grown or produced in New Mexico, such as fruit, pecans, or pumpkin. There are categories for adult cooks and for kids too. You have to register online for the Edible Pie Contest by 5 pm on October 10, then take your pie to the Local Food Festival on Sunday.

The Local Food Festival and Field Day is held at Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, 3 miles south of Rio Bravo.

–Tania

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Local Food Festival and Field Day: October 14

October 10, 2012 by  
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The Local Food Festival and Field Day at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House is a celebration of Albuquerque history, culture and farming.  It’s true to its name, with family fun including free food tastings from Albuquerque chefs, gardening and food preservation workshops, kids activities, tours, live music, and even a homemade pie contest!

The 2012 Local Food Festival and Field Day is held this Sunday October 14  from 11 am to 4 pm at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House and Demonstration Farm.  The organizer told me that in previous years around 3,000 people went, so it should be lively down on the farm!

Admission is free to all, and celebrations at the fifth annual Local Food Festival and Field Day include:

  • Free food samples from Albuquerque chefs and chef demonstations in conjuction with Edible Santa Fe.
  • Free tours of the historic Historic Hubbell House and farm, and walk the nature trail.
  • Free workshops and talks on food preservation, making bread, gardening and urban farming, and beekeeping, plus a seed exchange table and a draught horse plowing demonstration.
  • Kids’ activities include a climbing wall, face painting, petting zoo, kids’ sack races and seed spitting contests.
  • Storytellings and readings, including Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy reading his Centennial poem at 1 pm.
  • Free film screenings.
  • Live music by Los Jarañeros del Valle and Mala Mana.

If you want to enter the home cook pie contest sponsored by Edible magazine, admission is free and there are prizes to be won! The emphasis is on local pies featuring at least one New Mexico ingredient, such as fruit, pecans, or pumpkin. You have to register online for the Edible Pie Contest by 5 pm on October 12, then take your pie to the Local Food Festival on Sunday.

The Local Food Festival and Field Day is held at Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, 3 miles south of Rio Bravo.

–Tania

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Free Bee & Pollinator Celebration: June 23

June 18, 2012 by  
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Free honey tasting, meet the beekeepers, and learn all about making your garden bee-friendly, or even keeping bees yourself, on June 23, 2012.

Oh yes, it’s a free bee freebie!

So no, you don’t get free bees, but when you buzz down to the bee celebration and pollinator awareness day at the Open Space Visitor Center you do get to taste honey, see a bee hive, feed a butterfly, see and learn about pollinator-friendly plants you could grow in your garden, and meet Albuquerque beekeepers to find out how you could do it yourself. We’re told there will be children’s activities, and (at 3 pm) a screening of the film Queen of the Sun about why bees are disappearing.

  • When: Saturday June 23, 2012
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Open Space Visitor Center (see the full schedule at the link)
  • Cost: Free!

This is part of New Mexico Pollinator Week, an initiative to raise awareness of pollinator species vital to our food systems and economy. We love the bees here at Albuquerque on the Cheap, so kudos to all, including the Albuquerque Beekeepers Group which is a great resource for anyone interested in urban beekeeping.

Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW (between Montano and Paseo del Norte).

–Tania

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Local Food Festival and Field Day: October 9

October 4, 2011 by  
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The Local Food Festival and Field Day celebrates “healthy land – healthy food – healthy people.” It’s true to its name, with family fun including free food tastings from Albuquerque chefs, gardening workshops, kids activities, tours, live music, and even free basic health screenings!

The 2011 Local Food Festival and Field Day is held this Sunday October 9  from 11 am to 4 pm at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House and Demonstration Farm.  The organizer told us that around 3,000 people came to last year’s festival, so it should be lively down on the farm!

Celebrations at the fourth annual Local Food Festival and Field Day include:

  • Free food samples from Albuquerque chefs and chef demonstations in conjuction with Edible Santa Fe.
  • Free tours of the historic Historic Hubbell House and farm, and walk the nature trail.
  • Free workshops and talks on food preservation and canning, gardening and urban farming, seeds, folk healing and curanderismo,and New Mexico’s farming history and culture.
  • Free face painting by Bee Bee the Clown, meet alpacas, be lead on a horse, sack races, and seed spitting contests.
  • Get answers on your questions at “Ask a Master Gardener” booth.
  • Live music by Young Edward and Mala Mana.
  • Free blood pressure and other basic health screenings
  • Shop for produce from local growers, and buy local honey, jams, baked goods, salsas, soaps, vegetable seeds, fruit trees, and more.

The Local Food Festival and Field Day is held at Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, 3 miles south of Rio Bravo.

–Tania

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Free Honey Tasting & Bee Celebration: June 26

June 15, 2011 by  
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Free honey tasting, meet the beekeepers, and learn all about making your garden bee-friendly, or even keeping bees yourself, on June 26, 2011.

Oh yes, it’s a free bee freebie!

So no, you don’t get free bees, but when you buzz down to the bee celebration and pollinator awareness day at the Open Space Visitor Center you do get to taste and compare different local honeys, explore the parts of a bee hive, see and learn about pollinator-friendly plants you could grow in your garden, and meet the Albuquerque beekeepers to find out how you could do it yourself. We’re told there will be a chef’s demonstration too and children’s games.

  • When: Sunday June 26, 2011
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free!

This is part of National Pollinator Week, an initiative to raise awareness of pollinator species vital to our food systems and economy. We love the bees here at Albuquerque on the Cheap, so kudos to all, including the Albuquerque Beekeepers Group which is a partner in this event.

Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW (between Montano and Paseo del Norte).

–Tania

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Old School Open House: April 30

April 28, 2011 by  
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This looks right up our alley! The Old School is a new Duke City venture that describes itself as “an academy of frugal, traditional and sustainable living skills” and it’s launching April 30 with a free Open House party.

The Old School free Open House is on Saturday April 30, 2011, from 10 am – 1 pm.  Take the opportunity to see the kind of classes on offer and the results of the skills you can learn. For example: yogurt making, homemade kombucha, knitting and crochet, gardening, and canning. The launch party includes free food, face painting, and the chance to win prizes, and you’re welcome to take the kids.

The Old School classes start from May 1 through summer, and most will cost $7, including free childcare. The options range from beekeeping and keeping backyard chickens, to quilting, home brewing, and making your own beauty products.

I tried making my own beauty products once and ended up with a violently shiny and fragranced lip gloss that attracted every flying insect in the zip code, and rock-solid leg wax that I had to chip off, inch by painful inch.

So I think these classes sound great and a welcome addition to the local frugal and sustainable living scene!

The Old School Open House is at Albuquerque Mennonite Church, 1300 Girard (between Lomas and Indian School.)

–Tania

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Beekeeping and Tree Pruning Seminars

March 7, 2011 by  
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Free seminars and events on trees and bees! It’s a shame I can’t find any on peas, cheese, or skis…

A free fruit tree pruning workshop at the Open Space Visitor Center this Thursday March 10, at 9:30 am is led by Joran Viers, certified arborist and director of the Bernalillo County Extension Office. He’ll demonstrate best pruning techniques on the Visitor Center apple trees, to show you how to maintain a strong tree framework and keep the tree looking good, as well as encouraging fruit production and long life for the tree.  Bring your own pruning tools to go hands-on and learn for yourself. The workshop is free, but register in advance at Open Space Visitor Center – call (505) 897-8831

I spotted these free beekeeping events at Albuquerque Beekeepers. Here’s the buzz:

Free Webinar for 2nd Year Beekeepers on Wednesday March 9, 2011, at 5 – 6 pm Mountain Time.  An internet seminar on how to manage year two with your bees, to keep them healthy, build them up and produce yummy honey. (Mmm!) It’s a national class with a panel of beekeepers including Kim Flottum, the editor of Bee Culture Magazine. Although it’s free, space is limited. Register in advance at the link.

Albuquerque Beekeepers Meeting on Thursday March 24, 2011 from 6 – 8 pm. Newbie beekeepers are welcome and you don’t need to be a member to turn up to this free event where speaker Megan Mahoney discusses techniques for catching and managing swarms. There will also be general beekeeping Q&A. The venue is NMSU Extension office at 1510 Menaul NW.

There’s also a Free Beekeeping Seminar out in Edgewood on Saturday March 26, 2011, from 10 am – 1 pm, followed by a potluck. Edgewood is about a 35 minute drive east of Albuquerque via I-40, although it’s closer for our East Mountain readers of course!

–Tania

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Free Honey Tasting & Bee Celebration: June 26

June 22, 2010 by  
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Free honey tasting, meet the beekeepers, and learn all about making your garden bee-friendly, or even keeping bees yourself, on June 26, 2010.

Oh yes, it’s a free bee freebie! (Do you know how many years I could wait for a pun like that to come along? I’ve got to take it where I can…)

So no, you don’t get free bees, but when you buzz down to this bee celebration at the Open Space Visitor Center you do get to taste and compare different local honeys, explore the parts of a bee hive, see and learn about pollinator-friendly plants you could grow in your garden, and meet the Albuquerque beekeepers to find out how you could do it yourself!

  • When: Saturday June 26, 2010
  • Time: 10 am to 1 pm
  • Cost: Free!

Governor Bill Richardson has apparently declared the week of June 21, 2010 to be New Mexico Pollinator Week, as part of a national initiative to raise awareness of pollinator species vital to our food systems and economy. We love the bees here at Albuquerque on the Cheap, so kudos to all, including the Albuquerque Beekeepers Group which is a partner in this event.

As an aside, we don’t know if any places are still available, but the restaurant Jennifer James 101 is holding a honey-themed dinner tonight, Tuesday June 22 and tomorrow Wednesday June 23 for $40 covering three courses and drinks, with seating at the community table at 6 pm.  Tax and tip are extra. Call pronto if you’re interested to find out about available spaces.

–Tania

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Free 2010 Local Food Festival and Field Day: June 6

June 1, 2010 by  
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The third annual Local Food Festival and Field Day celebrates “food from the ground up,” and it’s true to its name, with family fun including free food tastings from Albuquerque chefs and root beer from the keg, gardening workshops, kids activities, tours, live music, and even free basic health screenings!

The 2010 Local Food Festival and Field Day is held this Sunday June 6 from 11 am to 4 pm at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House and Demonstration Farm, where celebrations include:

  • Free food samples by chefs from Casa Vieja, Seasons, Artichoke Cafe, and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and free root beer.
  • Free tours of the historic Historic Hubbell House and farm, and walk the nature trail.
  • Free 30 minute workshops on backyard composting, gardening with beneficial insects, permaculture garden design, backyard brewing & herbal fermentation, garlic growing, backyard beekeeping, and fig & pomegranite production.
  • Get answers on your questions at “Ask a Master Gardener” booth.
  • Learn how to make a real Cesar salad and fresh fruit jams.
  • Live music by The Squash Blossom Boys and Felix y Los Gatos.
  • Free face painting by Bee Bee the Clown, meet alpacas, be lead on a horse, sack races and seed spitting contests.
  • Free blood pressure and other basic health screenings
  • Shop for produce from local growers, and buy local honey, jams, baked goods, salsas, soaps, and more.

The Local Food Festival and Field Day is held at Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, 3 miles south of Rio Bravo.

–Tania

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