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December 2016


Higher Ground — Responses and Reflections Post-Election 2016, OP-EDs: Seeking Higher Ground — Sedena C. Cappannelli, Post-Election 2016 — Dr. Erica Elliott, It’s Not the End of the World — Joan Borysenko, The Power of One… How to Preserve Our Democracy in Troubled Times — George Cappannelli, A Positive Path between Anger and Disbelief — Alan Webber, Reflections on 11/9/2016 — Heidi Sparkes Guber; Everyday Green: Ecopreneurs and the New Economy — Susan Guyette, Local Purchasing Powerhouses = Localism 2.0 — Vicki Pozzebon and Alan Webber, Hey New Mexico, It’s Time to Try an “Hour of Code” — Jennifer Nevárez, Wintertime Recipe and Health Tips. — Japa K. Khalsa, Tiaso Artist Cooperative Mixes Art and Community, In Praise of the Cultivation of Maiz: A New Mural in Española — Alejandro López, The Moon Rises Over Hernandez Again and Again — Patricia Marina Trujillo, Luminarias or Farolitos? A Vignette from Elvis Romero and the Cosmic White Corvette — Andrew Lovato, Newsbites, What’s Going On?
 
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November 2016

GFT November 2016 CoverIntersections of Water, Science and Indigenous Knowledge — Seth Roffman, Stirring Indigenous Mind Back into the Commons of Human Consciousness — Jack Loeffler, Ritual, Ceremony and Thanksgiving — Alejandro López, In Gratitude for Vegetables.— Japa K. Khalsa, Gathering Liquid Starlight from Many Flowers — Melanie Margarita Kirby, Picki ng Piñón — Andrew Lovato, Curanderismo and Curanderas of Northern New Mexico — Hilario E. Romero, Healing Our World with Curanderismo — Athena Wolf, Ratón is Envisioning a Sustainable Future — John Davidson, Early College Opportunities School: A Student’s Perspective — Irie Charity, Renewable Energy Outpaces Nuclear, in New Mexico and the Nation, Energy Newsbites, Standing Rock Strong — Chili Yazzie, Op-Ed: Standing Rock Pipeline — Chili Yazzie, Architects Slam Cuts to State’s Green Building Incentives, Newsbites, What’s Going On?
 
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October 2016

GFT October 2016 CoverA Regional Food And Farming System in New Mexico — Pam Roy, Santa Fe County’s Agriculture and Ranching implementation Plan, Shopping Local with Squash Blossom, Acequia Culture and the Regional Food System — Miguel Santistevan, A Postcard View of the Española Farmers’ Market’S Contests — Sabra Moore, Española Healing Foods Oasis Garden Sparks a Community Revival, The New Wave oF Agricultores — Alejandro López, The Buena para Todos Farmers’ Cooperative — Nazca A Warren, Closing the Food Gap – The Agri-Cultura Network — Katherine Michalske, The Growing Health And Justice Coalition — TraviS McKenzie, Mobile Farmers’ Market Expands Reach in Year Two, Healthy Food is Key to Improving Health — Leigh Caswell, Con Alma Health Foundation Initiatives — Deborah Busemeyer, La Familia Medical Center’s Healthy C.E.N.A. Program, New Mexico Celebrates Farm to School Month — Pam Roy, Celebrating Healthy Kids And Healthy Communities in NM — Anna Mullen, Kids Cook! — Celebrating 15 Years — Mary Meyer, Foodcorps–New Mexico — Leiloni Begaye, Celebrating World Food Day In New Mexico — Tony McCarty, Food Policy Amnesia — Mark Winne, Book Profile: Building A Healthy Economy From The Bottom Up, New Mexico Food And Agriculture Event Announcements, Sacred Space Pollinator Garden, River Restoration — Sylvia Ernestina Vergara, 2016 North American Biodynamic Conference, Santa Fe Community College’s Greenhouse Management Program, Newsbites, What’s Going On?
 
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September 2016

GFT September 2016 CoverOur Stories, Our Lives: New Mexico’s Women and Girls • Sarah Ghiorse, Fatima van Hattum and Antoinette Villamil; Excerpts from Las Mujeres Hablan Declaration for New Mexico; Sembrando Salud: The Kalpulli Izkalli’s Cihuaphatli Project • Sylvia Ledesma; Breath of My Heart — A Birth Story • Jessica Frenchette-Gutfreund; What Would Jesusita Do? • Connie Trujillo and Pat Leahan; Breaking the Cycle of Violence • Deleana OtherBull; Tewa Women United’s Butterfly Wings Program • Michelle Martinez; Brave Girls at the Santa Fe Indian School • Dalene Coriz; Raising Powerful Girls through the Alchemy of Adolescence • Arina M. Pittman; Girls Inc. of Santa Fe • Kim Brown; Hildago Tog ether: The Hidalgo Wom en’s Coo perative • Cory Sprott; Immigrant Women Raise the Floor for Workers in New Mexico • Emmanuelle Leal Santillan; Women Benefit from the Creative Economy in Southern New Mexico • Teresa Guerra; WESST – Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Team • Bette Bradbury; Our Lived Experience, Our Solutions • Tannia Esparza; Southwest Organizing Project’s New Mexico con Mujeres • Beva Sanchez-Padilla; The Roots Summer Leadership Academy • Cathryn McGill; Newsbites and Sidebars; What’s Going On?
 
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August 2016

GFT August 2016 CoverRebuilding Sustainable Communities in the Southwest: Hopi Tutskwa Building Program • Lillian Hill; Santo Domingo Village Housing Project Underway • Seth Roffman; UNM’s Indigenous Design and Planning Institute Forges Its Role in Placemaking • Ted Jojola and Michaela Shirley; Our Climate, Our Health • Val Wrangler, True to Earth • Chili Yazzie, The Paolo Soleri Amphitheater • Conrad Skinner; Native Roots & Rhythms Festival; Flower Hill Institute to Help Build Stable Tribal Communities • Seth Roffman; Back to Mother Earth • Jon Naranjo; Native Food Sovereignty: Growing a Food System at Taos Pueblo • Addelina Lucero; Everyday Green: The Oo-Oo-Nah Art–Cultural Center at Taos Pueblo • Susan Guyette; Navajo Summer Youth Programs; Sheep Is Life Celebration; Fannie Lucero in “She Sings to the Stars” • Harlan Mckosato; Native Newsbites; Book Profile: Tiller’s Guide to Indian Country; The Santa Fe Indian Center; Newsbites; What’s Going On?

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July 2016

GFT July 2016 CoverThe 10 Microeconomies of New Mexico • Alan M. Webber; New Mexico Taxes and Economic Development • Brian McDonald, Jim Peach, Lee Reynis, Chuck Wellborn; Excerpts from a Statement about New Mexico’s Economy • Jim Peach; Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Growing a 21st Century Economy in New Mexico • Marie Longserre; Small Is Beautiful for Local Economies • Vicki Pozzebon; Op-Ed: Energy Choice That Could Create the Change We Need • Mariel Nanasi; Gary Goodman’s Big Idea: Reboot New Mexico as World Water and Energy Expert • Tami Brunk; Rural Entrepreneurship and Innovation • Dale Gannaway; Key Opportunities along New Mexico’s Southern Border • Ken Miyagishima; Agricultural Development Products; Op-Ed: Industrial Hemp in New Mexico • Gloria Castillo; Op-Ed: The Demographic Revolution • George Cappannelli; Newsbites and Sidebars; What ’s Going On?

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June 2016

GFT June 2016 CoverThe Revealing New Mexican Landscape along the Rail Runner Line, Profiles in Innovation – A Community of Creatives in Action: Littleglobe’s Transmedia Team and the City of Dreamers Project, Workforce Development for an Innovative Future, Mentoring: Real-Life Learning that Works, Creative Educators Take Learning to the Streets, Business Profile: Simply Social Media, The Maker Movement: “Learn. Build. Thrive.”, Building Foundations, Bridges and Futures: The Arts + Creativity Center, Stories Are Important, So, What Is Coding, Anyway?, Start up Santa Fe – Creating an Ecosystem of Entrepreneurship, Op-Ed: A Green Economy Is a Fair Economy, PNM’s Rate Case, Book Profile: Wild Guide: Passport to New Mexico’s Wilderness, Newsbites, What’s Going On?

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May 2016

GFT May 2016 CoverDeep 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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