Native Plant Symposium & Discovery Field Day

As Chelsea and I get ready to attend the National Native Seed Conference in DC this week, we are excited to announce and invite you to our own native seed forum next month.

2023 Native Plant Symposium & Discovery Field Day

Hacienda Dominguez & Chelenzo Farms

48-B Rainbows End, Cerrillos, NM 

Saturday, April 15

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Native Seed Presentations and Discussions 

9:30 AM

Native Plant Identification 101

Lauren Baur, Program Manager
Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Program (SEV LTER), University of New Mexico

10:00 AM

The Role of Cholla and Succulents with Native Seed Cultivation
Joe Neuman, co-founder, The Cactus Rescue Project 

10:30 AM

Nursery Practices and Sustainable Seed Harvesting

Mike Halveston, Manager, Santa Ana Native Plant Nursery

11:00 AM 

The Desertification of the Pinyon/Juniper Landscape
and the Role we Play in Mitigating the Big Hairy Problem of Climate Change
Peter Lipscomb, Park Manager, Cerrillos Hills State Park

11:30 AM 

Pollinator Conservation and Native Bee Diversity in New Mexico
Elliott Gordon, Xerces Society Ambassador 

12:00-1:30 PM 

Lunch Sponsored by Cruces Creatives Seeding Regenerative Agriculture project .

We will have an organic salad bar with fresh greens and organic (naturally grown and free range) shredded chicken from our farm.

Click here to learn about our vegetable and chicken production standards.

Discovery Field Day

Please note, we will be splitting up our group into two.

1:15 - 2:15 PM 

 Invasive plant talk/foraging walk, Dryland Wilds 

Dryland Wilds forages the high desert for its real "scents of place.'' We harvest unwanted plants throughout New Mexico and the southwest.  Using distillation, enfleurage, maceration, and tincturing we pull fragrance from the plants we harvest, sometimes blending these extracts with other longer lasting botanicals and sometimes offering just our pure extractions that capture the desert’s real scents of place.  Much of our fragrance extraction is done out in the desert or mountains at the site of our harvests, allowing us to gather the exact scent of the flower before it wilts.  


Native Plant Identification Field Walk

Lauren Baur, Program Manager
Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Program (SEV LTER), University of New Mexico

Lauren has over ten years of experience in field botany and plant identification. She is the program manager for the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Program at the University of New Mexico, and previously worked for the National Park Service. Her work focuses on studying how plants respond to changes in precipitation, temperature, grazing, nutrients, and other factors. 

This event is co-sponsored by the NM Healthy Soil Working Group

Special thanks to our farm intern, Dominique Khoury! 

For all her hard work in helping put this fantastic forum together!