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Free Workshop Series

Our workshops feature experts in agricultural and horticultural techniques, in topics ranging from tree care and pest management to informational workshops on topics such as the Acequias of New Mexico. Below: Brother Doug from Santa Fe Prep’s Teen Action Program harvests a pumpkin from the Railyard community waffle garden. Photo: SF Prep Teen Action Program, 2010. All events are free to the public and held at the Railyard Park Community Room behind SITE Santa Fe.

2015 Workshop Series

Please check back to this page as workshops are added and details are updated – we have more workshops to come!

Saturday, March 7th, 1-3pm – Fruit Tree Pruning Part 1 with Tracy Neal, Professional Horticulturalist.

This workshop is designed to acquaint homeowners and volunteers with the information they need to prune fruit trees for maximum production and ease of maintenance.

Saturday, March 14th, 1-3pm – Fruit Tree Pruning Part 2 with Tracy Neal, Professional Horticulturalist.

Part 2 of Tracy Neal’s informative fruit tree pruning workshop, demonstration included.

Saturday, March 21st, 10-11am – Yardmaster Orientation

Interested in volunteering in the Railyard Park Gardens this year? Come on out to the Yardmasters Orientation and learn about horticultural projects going on in the park in 2015. The Yardmasters meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout the year. Tools and gloves provided, all skill levels welcome!

Saturday, April 4th, 10am-Noon – Rose Pruning with Linda Churchill, Professional Horticulturalist.

A rose may always be a rose, but when pruning, you need to identify the rose first. A special Railyard Stewards Yardmasters workday invites Linda Churchill of Santa Fe Botanical Gardens to teach the anatomy, care, and pruning goals of individual roses. If you have them, bring your pruners for practice in the Railyard Park.

Saturday, April 11th, 10-11am – Seed Starting with Abby Ferla, Agriculturalist.

Have you spent time and money on starting your own seeds with limited success? With a little practice and tricks and tips, you can grow those heirloom vegetables and early-blooming flowers in our short season. Join Abby Ferla, farmer and employee at Green Tractor Farm, in this workshop designed with novice seed-starters in mind. You’ll learn to successfully start your own seeds year after year and get a jump-start on your summer garden!

Saturday, April 18th, 10am-Noon – Home Water Audit with Bob Wood, City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Department.

This workshop is in partnership with the City of Santa Fe’s Public Utilities department. Join Bob Woods with the City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Department, to discuss water usage in our homes and businesses. Here is your opportunity to learn how to save money on your water usage while learning how to find common leaks in your water system. Also learn about special programs the City has in place for residents to take advantage of rebates and energy saving systems for the home.

Saturday, May 2nd, 10am-Noon – Tree Planting with Bob Wood, City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Department.

While planting a tree might seem an easy task knowing how the tree grows and matures becomes very important.  How deep do you plant a tree? How wide of a hole do you make for the tree? How tall will the tree grow if planted properly? Join Bob Woods, Master Arborist for this workshop and we’ll plant a new apple tree at the Railyard Park. The best time to plant tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. This workshop is a partnership between the Railyard Stewards and the City of Santa Fe Public Utilities Department. We will meet at the Railyard Park Community Room behind SITE Santa Fe.

Saturday, May 23rd, 10am-Noon – Drip Irrigation System Design and Maintenance with Bob Wood, City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Department (tentative)

Saturday, May 30th, 10am-Noon – Pollinator Hotels with Loretta McGrath, Director of Pollinator Partners, Educator, and Consultant

In this design workshop, Loretta McGrath, top-bar beekeeper and Director of the Pollinator Partners Program, will offer strategies for planting pollinator forage for a range of pollinators, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. Participants will explore design ideas for building pollinator hotels-creative installations comprised of natural and recycled objects-to attract native pollinators to backyard, school and community gardens, farms and public spaces. Come discover what habitats you can create to increase the beauty and bounty of the spaces you share with these essential pollinators.

Saturday, June 6th, 10am-Noon – Integrated Pest Management with Bob Wood, City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Department.

Do you have issues with pests or diseases plaguing your backyard trees or bushes? Do you want to find a solution to your problem? Join Bob Woods, as we learn about the types of pests (chewing, sucking, boring, scale) and simple ways to identify the types of trees they infest. Correctly identifying the pest is the first and most important step in controlling it. This workshop is a partnership between the Railyard Stewards and the City of Santa Fe Public Utilities Department.

Saturday, June 13, 10am-Noon – Introduction to Fermented Food Methods with Barrio Brinery. (tentative)