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Author: Sophie Putka

Not Just for your Chia Pet

Microgreens and more at Urbana photos by Sophie Putka and Rebbekka Tynan Growing under one warehouse roof in Albuquerque, in the soft glow of electric lights, are plants with names reminiscent of an enchanted garden. You’ll find Mizuna, Bull’s Blood Beet and Antonet Lolla Rosa; Tatsoi, Cegolaine Gem, and Red Veined Sorrel. Almost – but not quite – magically, Rebbekka and Ryan Tynan have launched Urbana, the product of two years of preparation and Albuqeurque’s first urban, aquaponic micro farm. Now, chefs and adventurous home cooks across town can enjoy the benefits of microgreens grown sustainably and locally. Rebbekka Tynan...

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A Little Slice of Europe in Los Ranchos

When Chef Jon Young of Fresh Bistro was just 12 years old, he climbed over the wall in his backyard just to lend a hand in a real restaurant kitchen. The restaurant was Casa Vieja, a long-standing Corrales establishment, and it was there where he first learned his knife skills, where he worked his way up from dishwasher to sous-chef, and where he first adopted the no-nonsense, classic-French-cooking sensibility that is diffused through his and his wife’s culinary ventures today. Fresh Mobile Bistro and the newer Fresh Bistro in Los Ranchos are the type of eateries that exemplify what...

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The Art of Bee-ing

512 Arts Merges Art and Science in Cross Pollination Your average bee typically goes unnoticed. Only seven out of the almost 20,000 known species of bees in the world actually produce honey – the rest pollinate the earth’s plants. They live on every continent, and keep about a third of the world’s crops alive. As many as 500 species call New Mexico home. As part of a series of public programs, 516 Arts’ Cross Pollination opened on Saturday, August 19th, with an open forum, reception and pop-up shop. Cross Pollination seeks to honor these essential pollinators and what they...

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Rise and Shine with Helix Coffee and Yoga

Caffeine-craving yogis take note: a new place in town can offer you both the buzz and the burn in a cozy Nob Hill home-turned-cafe and yoga studio. Helix Coffee and Yoga, which opened in the beginning of July, offers two services in one as part of a business venture dreamed up by a local husband and wife duo, Vincent and Kristen LaVolpa. Combining Kristen’s passion for education and yoga with Vincent’s knack for coffee, the pair decided to build a community space that would offer coffee and food from local vendors, crafts by Albuquerque artists, and low-cost yoga classes...

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Bees Stay for Free

“I hope the wild bees will like all these materials,” says beekeeper and artist Valerie Roybal. Corrugated cardboard pieces, along with an array of bamboo, bricks, mud, wood, clay pots, and logs, form a dense buffet of materials arranged inside a wooden frame. The artfully constructed patterns of material dotted with holes are designed with a purpose in mind: to attract New Mexican pollinators. This “Bee Hotel for Wild Bees and Native Pollinators,” permanently installed at the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center, is one in a series of events organized by 516 Arts called Cross Pollination, curated by...

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