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May 2016


Deep Seeds and First Foods, Fresh AIRE: From Seeds to Landraces, A Talk by Ken Greene of the Hudson Valley Seed Library, Germplasm: The Centralization of Seed and Efforts to Conserve Seed Diversity, Promoting Food Sovereignty through Seed Saving, Owingeh Ta Pueblos y Semillas Seed Exchange, Preserving Indigenous Seeds and Food Crops, Reflections on Seed Sovereignty, The Land Is the Source of our Identidad, Survival, Health, Strength and Happiness, Plants: Our Loyal Companions, Life-Givers and Teachers, Partners Join to Strengthen Local Food Supply Chains, Investing in New Mexico Grown, Growing Health and Justice, Super Seeds: What Is All the Excitement About?, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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April 2016

GFT April 2016 CoverDetermining the Future of New Mexico’s Watersheds – Steve Harris, Joanne Hilton, Rosemary Romero, Forest Health and Landscape Resiliency in the San Juan-Chama Watershed – Monique DiGiorgio, Minding the Chama – Jack Loeffler, Federal Agreement on Gila River Triggers Review, Op-Ed: Water in New Mexico – Sanders Moore, From Survival and Sustainable Agriculture to Río Grande Diversion: The History of Santa Fe’s Water Supply – Hilario E. Romero and Michael Aune, The Aamodt Settlement Conundrum, Linking Santa Fe’s Local Food Demand to Urban Water Demand Management – Quita Ortiz, Op-Ed: El Agua Bendita / Sacred Water – Alejandro López, Self-Healing and the Water Pathways of the Body – Japa K. Khalsa, Could Rainwater Harvesting Solve Flint’s Water Crisis? – Nate Downey, Water Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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March 2016

GFT March 2016 CoverThe Magic of Simple Vernacular Building in the Context of New Mexico’s Long History of Building – Alejandro López, Keeping Our Heritage – The Francisca Hinojos House – Seth Roffman, Belmont del Norte: A Solar Straw Bale House, Radiant New Mexico. – Bob Dunsmore, Solar Newsbites, New School Combines Sustainability, Closing the Achievement Gap and Free College for Santa Fe Public School Students – Dana Richards, Go Green and Get Outside – .Kelly Phillips, Love Where We Live – The Youth Ambassadors Program and Community Learning Network – Serina Padgett, Op-Ed: Living Feminism: Leading with our Values – Sarah Ghiorse and Fatima van Hattum, Celebration of the Life and Art of Lloyd Kiva New, Indigenous Climate Justice at the Institute of American Indian Arts – Bineshi Albert and Jaida Grey Eagle, The Longest Walk 2016, Protecting New Mexico’s Wetland Gems – Rachel Conn, Healing Allergies from the Inside Out – Japa K. Khalsa, Op-Ed: A Public Bank for Santa Fe – Nichoe Lichen, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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February 2016

GFT February 2016 CoverHealth Is Wealth – Camilla Trujillo, Denes Antonio Luján – Montserrat Valles Albesa, The Ten Elements of Great Health – Daniel Gagnon, Self-Care for New Mexicans – Japa K. Khalsa, “Healer, Know Thyself” – Camille Adair, UNM to Study Native American Health Impacts of Abandoned Mines, The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership: An Update, Undoing the Web of Addiction and Reweaving the Mantle of Caring y Amor – Alejandro López, A Proposed Root Cause of Northern New Mexico’s Opiate Problem – Juan Blea, La Semilla Food Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico – Dolores E. Roybal, The FARMacy and Food Is Medicine Workshops – Travis McKenzie, Healing with Honey – Erica Elliott, Everyday Green: Preventing Environmental Illness – Susan Guyette, Houses That Heal – Catherine Wanek, Book Profile: The EcoNest Home, New Nature Movement – Maureen Eich VanWalleghan, Op-Ed: Protect the Río Chama Watershed Now – William Clark, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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January 2016

GFT January 2016 CoverNew Mexico Can Do Better – Fred Harris, Book Profile: New Mexico 2050, Excerpts from New Mexico 2050, Visions for New Mexico – Alan Webber, New Mexico Visions for the Future – Paula García, Creative Programs and Policies Encourage Farming into the Future – Pam Roy, The New Mexico Environmental Law Center’s Top 10 Issues to Watch in 2016, Averting Dystopia – Jack Loeff ler, An Unprecedented Future – Courtney White, Book Profile: Two Percent Solutions for the Planet, A Vision of Intense Engagement with the World and with One Another – Alejandro López, My Hopes for the Future of My Community – Juanita Jaramillo Lavadie, Everyday Green: “Blessings” – A Spiritual Business – Susan Guyette, Breaking Big Money’s Grip on New Mexico and the Country – Bruce Berlin, Book Profile: Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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December 2015

GFT December 2015 Cover“Compact of Mayors” Signing, Modernizing America’s Grid, Educating for our Electricity Future, Creating Local Community Resilience to Avoid Climate Catastrophe, Book Profile: The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar, A Tribute to Rina Swentzell, Heritage, Adobe Architecture and Grief: Learning from Rina Swentzell, Remembering Tewa Pueblo Houses and Spaces, A Quiet, Fierce Intelligence, Oh Thou Incomparable Cielos!, Tewa Women United Receives EPA Grant for Healing Foods Oasis Garden, The Rail Yards Market – Barelas, Albuquerque, Española Opens the Food Venture Commercial Kitchen, Delicious New Mexico: The Gift of Local Food, Maurice Dixon Jr. Recovers the Artistic Legacy of Higinio V. Gonzales, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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November 2015

GFT November 2015 CoverCollaboration Among Organizations Flourishes in the South Valley, The EleValle Network, South Valley Photos, South Valley Community Partnership for Health Equity, Applying Lessons Learned in Cuba, First Choice: Nurturing a Wellness Ecosystem in the South Valley, New Mexico Center for School Leadership: Local Wisdom for Local Schools, Precursors of Albuquerque Along El Camino Real, The Genesis of Acequias in Atrisco (The South Valley), La Correinte del Valle: A Mural Project in the South Valley, The Agri-Cultura Network, Gardens de Atrisco, The Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Op-Ed: A Community’s Battle Against the Santolina Master Plan, South Valley Reflections, Op-Ed: How Zoning Codes Can Drastically Impact
Environmental Justice Communities, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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October 2015

GFT October 2015 CoverSustainable Santa Fe: Building Resilience to a Changing Climate, The Santa Fe Climate Action Task Force, A Sustainable Santa Fe Vision, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, The Microgrid Systems Laboratory, Renewable Energy on City Facilities and Energy Performance Contracting, Energy Efficiency Training at Santa Fe Community College, Spotlight on Santa Fe’s Sustainable Business Roundtable, Santa Fe Water Conservation Accomplishments, A River Runs through Us, Restoring Santa Fe’s Arroyos to Improve Climate Resiliency, Santa Fe Public Schools Initiatives Support Resilience to Climate Change, Santa Fe’s Expanded Recycling Program Bears Fruit, Reunity Resources: Zero Waste Solutions, Food and Farming Are Central to Climate Change Solutions, Earth Care Programs Teach the Value of Local Food, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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September 2015

GFT September 2015 Cover2015 Santa Fe Energy Summit, New Mexico Renewable Energy Newsbites, Earth USA 2015 International Conference, Pathway to a More Vital Local Food System, End of the Long Journey on El Camino Real, Linda Pedro: Warrior for the Disabled, From Independence to Interdependence: Coming Home Connection, When Linda Pedro Ran for the New Mexico State Senate, Linda Martínez de Pedro Interview Excerpts, Linda and Peyote, Linda and the American Church of God, A Tribute to Linda Pedro, Linda Pedro Is Alive in my Memory, Linda Pedro and the Historic March Against Drugs and Violence, New Mexico Land Conservancy Awarded National Accreditation, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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August 2015

GFT August 2015 CoverIndigenous as a Way of Life, Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School, Summer Policy Academy: Voices of our Indigenous Youth, Tribal Infrastructure Solutions in New Mexico, Red Power 3.0, Update: The Santo Domingo Heritage Trail Arts Project, Everyday Green: Paths of Beauty – An Exhibit at the Poeh Center, Keres Children’s Learning Center at Cochiti Pueblo, The Cochiti Youth Experience: Project Laughing Corn, The Chamiza Foundation, Nambé Pueblo Receives Community Agriculture Grant, A ‘People’s Garden’ at Zuni Pueblo, The Journey of Becoming a Man, Tribal Green Reentry Youth Programs Incorporate Culture, Homemade Solar Ovens in Navajo Country, Navajo Newsbites, The Warrior Project, Native Newsbites, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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July 2015

GFT July 2015 CoverMéxico dentro de Nuevo México / The México within New Mexico, End of the Long Journey on El Camino Real, Transmitting Pain into Power for Peace – The Legacy of Victor Villalpando, Elvis Romero and the Cosmic White Corvette: Vignette 3–Cindy, Inspire Santa Fe: Unlocking Inspiration through Mentorship, SFPS: Becoming a Leaner, Greener School District, The Academy for Sustainability Education at Santa Fe High, Community as Classroom, Reusable Bags – A Cottage Industry?, The Local Voice: Lessons on Localism, The Sustainable Business Roundtable, 12th International Folk Art Market – Santa Fe, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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June 2015

GFT June 2015 CoverThe Ever-Changing, Always Enduring Nuevo Mexicano Familia (Part 1),Elvis Romero and the Cosmic White Corvette: Vignette 2 – Hunting La Llorona, The Southwest Santa Fe River Corridor (Part 2), Agua Fría: History of a Traditional Community, High Road Community Comes Together to Share Traditions, Everyday Green: Eating Seeds, Food Justice: An Initiative of the Santa Fe Art Institute, |UN|silo|ED| SeedBroadcast, Leading the Charge Toward Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technologies, Op-Ed: Get Coal Power Out of your Home? Go Solar Now!, Op-Ed: Dear Santa Fe Neighbors, Designing Sustainable Neighborhoods Workshop, Lore of the Land: Filters to Perception, Coalition Building Supports Environmental Protection, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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May 2015

GFT May 2015 CoverKeeping Cultural Authenticity: A Santa Fe Story, Elvis Romero and the Cosmic White Corvette, Santa Fe’s Southwest River Corridor, Op-Ed: From Ecoversity to Urban Sprawl, Defending the Value of Our Land: Agricultural Valuation, New Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Café Thriving, Farmhouse Café in Taos Helps Build a Local Farming Network, The Local Voice: Local Soil, Local Food, CuranderApis – Hive Medicines for Interspecies Body & Spirit, Pesticides Are Likely Damaging Ecosystem Services, Santa Fe Green Festival, Fire Season: An Exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art, 2015 Sustainable Santa Fe Award Winners, New Mexico Legislative Bills Signed or Vetoed by Governor Martinez, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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April 2015

GFT April 2015 CoverThe New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, Uranium Workers at the Roundhouse, Drug Addiction: A Rising Scourge in Northern New Mexico, Everyday Green: Are You a Nutritarian?, A New Generation of Sustainable Aging: A Net-Zero Passive House in Taos, Solar Newsbites, Water Conservation Connects Santa Fe to Surrounding Communities, Acequias Are for Everybody, Three Case Studies of Elevated Uranium Concentrations in Groundwater, SF Community College Programs Offer Hands-On Experiences and Field Trips, Sustainable Santa Fe Update, “Breaking Bueno” Transition Training in Albuquerque, Sustainable Santa Fe Awards Announced, Remembering Carol Decker, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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March 2015

GFT March 2015 CoverSustainable New Mexico Architecture: Puebloan Architecture, Spanish Colonial Architecture, Architecture in the Mexican and American Territorial Periods, Northern New Mexico Architecture, Queen Anne and Victorian Architecture, The Railroad’s Influence on New Mexico Architecture, and Spanish Pueblo-Revival Style Architecture Traits; Taos County Courthouse Preservation Plan Moves Ahead; Taos County Courthouse Murals; How Archaeology and Architecture History Can Teach Us about Truly Sustainable Design; Cañada de Apodaca Trail Nominated to National Register as Part of Old Spanish Trail; Nominating Sites for the National Register of Historic Places; From the Old Spanish Trail Association Website; UNM-Taos: Skills Development in Sustainable Design; Book Profile: Hacking the Earthship: In Search of an Earth Shelter That Works for Everybody; So Long, Big Oil and Big Coal; What’s a Heat Pump?; A Tribute to Linda Pedro: Advocate for People with Disabilities; Sustainable Santa Fe Update; Newsbites; What’s Going On?

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February 2015

GFT February 2015 CoverThe Hermanamiento of the Acequias of Valencia and New Mexico, Valencia and New Mexico’s Hermanamiento Ceremony: A Personal Perspective, Heritage Acequias of Spain: The Millenial Huerta of Murcia and the Río Segura Valley, Safeguarding the Global Cultural Heritage of Community Acequias, New Mexico Acequias and World Heritage: A Proposal, Valle de Allende and Aldama: Roots of Acequia Culture in Northern México, Tlaxcala and Aranjuez: Keystone Gardens of the Columbian Exchange, Bounty of the Columbian Exchange, Water Management and Acequias in Chile, The Zanjeras of Northern Luzon, Land and Water in the Middle East: the Yemen Connection, Juan Estevan Arellano ¡Presente!, Book Review – Enduring Acequias: Wisdom of the Land, Knowledge of Water, Op-Ed: The Almunyah – An Integrated Place for Living, Sustainable Santa Fe Update, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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January 2015

GFT January 2015 CoverNew Mexico’s Economic Development Puzzle, Foggy Forecast: A Practitioner’s Point of View, LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium Fund Grants, The Local Voice: The New Regional-Local Mindset, Rural Economic Development, Leakage and Entrepreneurs, Could Cottage Industries and Cooperatives Be the Answer?, Op-Ed: Airport or Agriculture for Taos?, ‘Homegrown’ Could Be a Powerful Boost for New Mexico’s Economy, Impact Investing: Putting Community Assets to Work, Impact Network Santa Fe: Place-Sourced Impact Investing, Creative Approaches for Economies, Ecology and Life, New Mexico’s Creative Economy, Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority, Book Review: Sustainable Cultural Tourism – Small-Scale Solutions, Op-Ed: The Time Has Come for a Public Bank, Santa Fe Time Bank: Mobilizing the Currency of Human Value, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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    about 6 months ago

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    about 1 year ago

    To whom this concerns,

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    Thank you for your consideration,

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  • #3 written by gary witherspoon
    about 2 years ago

    Greetings Albuquerque City Council:

    ​In no uncertain terms American society has a tiger by the tail. The police state in which American society finds itself is in flux and the natives are restless.

    Do the citizens of New Mexico understand that military grade weapons and technology are employed in the shooting and killing of a homeless man on a rocky knoll? Laser directed energy technology was employed in the death of James Boyd and the citizens of Albuquerque are in danger, as well as the citizens of America.

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    Do the citizens of Albuquerque understand that public funds are being used to militarize citizen police forces with military grade weapons, technology and tactics? Do the citizens of New Mexico understand that elected politicians are accepting of the militarization of American society by directing the necessary public funds to do so. All this while attacking society, neglecting society and militarizing local police organizations.

    Military fascism is on the rise. Fascism used to control the social and economic forces of this nation include the killing of homeless people and with military grade weapons and tactics. The video of the death of James Boyd explains this all.

    Gary Witherspoon ​

    CC: elected officials / media / public service announcements

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    about 3 years ago


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    about 3 years ago

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    about 4 years ago

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    about 4 years ago

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    is ACCEPTING ENTRIES http://www.EcoArtsAwards.com
    in SIX CREATIVE CATEGORIES

    OFFERING ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS
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    July 29th, 2011 – Asheville, N.C., USA … Announcing the launch of a rather ambitious new creative competition. To our knowledge, never before have six major genres of creative expression; songwriting, literature, photography, fine art, functional art and short video been positioned in the same competition. The tie that binds these six genres will be the strength of their inspired, edgy, re-invention of the meaning of ecology. What better way to catalyze more interest on this important topic, than to tap into one of our greatest resources, the creative mind?

    The prestigious jury panel can already boast a three time recommended Nobel Peace Prize author, Alan Combs; Author and Publisher, David Vaux; Mountain Xpress and Rotten Tomato movie critics, Ken Hanke and Justin Souther; creative director and graduate of fine arts from Cornell University, Maria Epes; former art director for McGraw Hill, Marsha Cohen; awarding winning environmental artist, John Dahlson, acclaimed functional artist, Charles Bazzell; Jurors for the songwriting category will be announced at a later date. Twenty finalists will be posted on http://www.ecoartsawards.com website in the new year for a People’s Choice Award.

    There will be a first place $1,000 cash prize winner for each of the categories. We are even thinking of creating an overall grand prize winner from the first place winners of each category! This would be very interesting because that could mean a piece of jewelry could be up against a painting, song competing with a short video, etc. We are looking for original thematic inspiration, and will go to great lengths to judge all entries from that perspective, as well as the techniques and skills involved in the particular chosen art form. There is an early bird entry deadline of September 30th 2011, with the final entry deadline being November 30th 2011. It is anticipated that finalists and winners will all be announced in first half of the New Year, 2012. We are hoping to garner much attention from the media to promote the winning works.

    Entries can be accepted either online at http://www.ecoartsawards.com or by downloading an entry form from the same site and snail mailing your artistic piece. The mailing address is also located on the website and on the entry form. We are very curious which creative genre will attract the most entries!

    Kathryn Edwards
    Managing Director
    224 Aurora Drive
    Asheville, N.C 28805
    828 575 3979

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