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. All events are free to the public and held at the Railyard Park Community Room behind SITE Santa Fe.

Past Events

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. Professional horticulturist Linda Churchill will teach the anatomy, care, and pruning techniques of individual roses. Bring your pruners for hands-on practice in the Rose Ramada at 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 Robert Wood, Water Conservation Specialist, City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Department.

How much water are you using? Are you wasting water without even knowing it? What to check and when? Come find out how your Santa Fe Water Conservation Program can assist you in identifying areas where you can eliminate unnecessary use inside your home or apartment. Toilets, showers, kitchen sinks, water heaters, swamp coolers, water softeners and even that bathroom sink that never gets used can be using small amounts of water that turn into large water bills. Simple maintenance that can be performed in just a few simple steps will be explained and demonstrated, know what to do, how to do it, or when it is time to call a licensed professional.

Saturday, May 2nd, 10am-Noon – Tree Planting with Robert Wood, Certified Arborist/Municipal Specialist, 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 Design and Maintenance with Robert Wood, QWEL Certified Instructor, City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Department.

Designing your irrigation system is just as important as the maintenance. What type of drip system will you install? What parts are required to make the system effective at saving water while keeping a very healthy landscape? Have a question? Be ready for the answers – and the savings.

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 at Farm to Table, will offer strategies for planting pollinator forage for a range of pollinators. Participants will learn about specific plants that attract pollinators as well as how to integrate plants into a garden that produces successful blooms through the seasons. The workshop includes a tour of the pollinator gardens in the Railyard Park and a discussion of specific plants that attract a range of pollinators from hummingbirds, bats and butterflies to honeybees and native bees of the Southwest. 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 in the Landscape with Robert Wood,  Licensed Pesticide Applicator, City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Department.

Integrated Pest Management – What is it? Can it reduce the dependency of using pesticides? How do I start a program? Learn the answers to these and other questions to find out if this type of pest control program can work for you.

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

Join Pat Block, owner of newly-opened Barrio Brinery, in this exclusive workshop all about fermented foods. You’ll learn a little about what types of food can be fermented, safe practices, the benefits of fermented foods in your diet, and how to get started at home. And if you’re lucky, you just might get to sample some of the Brinery’s latest offerings!

 Saturday, June 20, 10am-Noon – Home Mushroom Cultivation with the New Mexico Mycological Society.

NMMS member Chris Kerns takes a creative approach to illustrating his process for cultivation, providing a step by step explanation of growing mushrooms, both from spores and from existing specimens.