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October is always a festive time in Bernalillo County with sounds of the Sandhill cranes arrival, cottonwoods turning golden yellow throughout the Bosque, and balloons filling our open skies. It is also time for the Annual Food Festival and Field Day happening this Sunday. “The State of New Mexico is 100 years old. What a better place to celebrate the Centennial than here at the historic Hubbell House, the region’s first working farm, ” says Commissioner Art De La Cruz, Bernalillo County. “So many of us, who grew up here, know how hard our parents and grandparents worked to keep fields farmed and to put good food on our tables. I am so pleased to see a whole new generation celebrating local food and traditional agricultural practices.”

The day before this festive event, we will raise a hoop house at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House. Additionally, we will feature New Mexico Centennial events in the North Valley and East Mountains. Take a moment to read about these events, and take full advantage of these free and family fun activities.

Hoop House Construction

This Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 1-4:30 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House

In this hands-on workshop led by Bernalillo County Extension Office, we will construct a 17′ x 32′ hoop house designed to extend the harvest at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House historic farm. The finished project will be a part of the farm tour at the Local Food Festival and will be used to grow fresh vegetables during the winter months for the Roadrunner Food Bank. This workshop is completely hands-on, and therefore space is limited! Please RSVP for one of the following shifts if you would like to help with construction: 9:00am-12:30pm or 1:00pm-4:30pm. RSVP by calling 505-314-0398 or email

2012 Local Food Festival and Field Day

A celebration of food from the ground up

This Sunday, October 14 from 11 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House

2012 Local Food Festival and Field Day Activities

Come to the chef’s tent to learn the secrets of how local chefs turn fresh local food into exotic creations.
Listen to talks on historical practices in use today, such as winter gardening, pickling, dehydrating and bread baking.
Purchase some of New Mexico’s bountiful harvest – get the last of the tomatoes, squash, beans, and cucumbers.
Participate in the pie contest or get in on the Dutch Oven Cooking demonstration.
And if you haven’t gotten your green chile – there’ll be a roaster right on site!
Come have lunch from one of the areas many new food trucks.
Make it part of your cycle route—there will be a bike valet on site.
Tour the historic Hubbell House, see a short film… or just relax in the shade and listen to live music.

And hey kids! – There’ll be sack races, seed-spitting contests, a climbing wall, face painting, horseback riding and free root beer from a keg! Plus, a number of workshops just for kids:

· Turn Newspapers into Seed Pots

· Learn how to make your own fun and healthful snacks!

The event is organized and sponsored by the Mid-Region Council of Governments and Bernalillo County Open Space. For more information, visit The festival is free and open to the public and celebrates food from the ground up! No need to RSVP, just come on down this Sunday.

First Settlers and Pioneers of the East Mountains

October 20 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Ojito de San Antonio Open Space

Ojito de San Antonio is the natural backdrop from one of the oldest villages in the East Mountains, a village occupied since prehistory. Denise Tessier, president of the East Mountains Historical Society will tell stories of the first settlers and pioneers who moved through and helped shape this Open Space and the history-rich surrounding area. RSVP by calling 505-314-0398 or email

History of Alameda Area

October 21 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space

Learn about ancient communities along the Rio Grande, and consider how history has shaped the current environment at the Alameda and Bachechi site. Speakers include the following:

· Ondrea Hummel, Ecologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the Army Corps will be presenting:”Restoring Wetland Habitat in the Middle Rio Grande.”

· Dr. Jerry L. Gurulé will be presenting “Alameda Through the Years.” Dr. Jerry Gurulé is a retired Historian-Linguist for the National Park Service, has researched in various archives in Spain and Mexico including the Archivo General de Indias in Sevilla and the Archivo General de la Nación in Mexico City.

· Mary Ellen Gonzales will be presenting: “Traditional stories from Colonial New Mexico” A selection of traditional Hispanic stories from Colonial New Mexico. Mary Ellen is part of Storytellers of New Mexico and has been a storyteller for six decades.

RSVP by calling 505-314-0398 or email

Colleen Langan-McRoberts

Open Space Coordinator


505-681-2605 (cell)