Archive for April, 2012
Fostering the Creative and Cultural Economy
A couple of weeks ago, as I drove up through the Española Valley and across the Rio Grande I reflected on my good fortune to be living in New Mexico. In the distance the Jemez Mountains sparkled with new snow; in the foreground low-lying adobe buildings puffed out sweet-smelling piñon smoke. I was on my way to Ohkay Owingeh to take a cooking class with Norma Naranjo, owner of The Feasting Place (www.thefeastingplace.com). Norma and her husband, Hutch, live and farm on the Pueblo and offer classes on traditional Pueblo cooking. They have two More >
Sustainable Tourism creates economic growth in a manner that does not deplete the natural and built environment, while preserving the culture, history, heritage and arts of the local community. Here are six types of sustainable tourism:
Cultural Tourism involves experiencing or having contact with the unique social fabric, heritage and special character of places. It is an exchange of information on lifeways, customs, beliefs, values, language, views of the environment and other cultural resources. The challenge in planning for cultural tourism is to ensure that the exchange takes place as equitably as possible, in a manner seen as appropriate by More >
Northern New Mexico is the home of hundreds of culturally interesting enterprises that sustain families and traditions on the land. Yet, most visitors never find these gems. What can be done to assist both traveler and community? The key to creating a win/win tourism benefit is imbedded in rural and urban collaboration, for regional strengths complement the potential of each and create a sense of discovery.
Tourism works on the basis of cooperation. By definition, a tour is a number of stops comprising a trip itinerary. Travelers tend to look for a series of interesting stops and need to More >
Tom R. Kennedy
Zuni Pueblo, a growing community of 10,000 mostly A:shiwi residents, locatedabout 45 minutes south of Gallup in northwest New Mexico, has paradoxically often found itself on both the fringe and at the center of happenings. Historically this was certainly the case in 1540 when a massive expedition of Spaniards and “Mexica” allies followed stories of fabled wealth to arrive and begin to claim the larger Southwest region for Spain. The regional Zuni community that attracted initial attention soon found itself on the remote fringes of this emerging New Mexico.
Native American communities in recent years have themselves sought an elusive More >
A New Mexico Treasure
The Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area (WSA) is a pristine 46,000-acre Rocky Mountain paradise located in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Taos County. Managed as Wilderness by the Carson National Forest, the Columbine Hondo is a treasured public wild land by residents and visitors alike, and is an important source of surface water for downstream agricultural communities. The springs and streams of the Columbine Hondo comprise valuable headwaters of two major tributaries of the Upper Rio Grande, the Red River and the Rio Hondo.
Situated between Taos Ski Valley and Red River, with More >
Tucked away west off the road between Abiquiu and Tierra Amarilla is one of New Mexico’s best-kept secrets. With towering pink, yellow and white sandstone walls striped like Neapolitan ice cream, old-growth ponderosa pines and flower-strewn meadows, the wilderness canyon of the Rio Chama is a corner of paradise. Roads cannot reach this magical place; the only way in is to float down the river. For three days, you can leave the rest of the world behind.
It was my good luck to discover Los Rios River Runners, New Mexico’s oldest and largest rafting company, the first summer after I More >
A number of folks who live and work in Taos and other locales in northern New Mexico are featured in the Green Living Project’s fascinating short film, “Ecotourism in New Mexico.” The 5 minute 30 second film is now online for an international audience to see. (http://www.greenlivingproject.com/projects/new-mexico/)
People profiled in the film include Stuart Wilde, owner of Taos’ Wild Earth Llama Adventures; Francisco “Cisco” Guevara, owner of Los Rios River Runners; Porter Swentzell, a guide at the Puye Cliff Dwellings of Santa Clara Pueblo; April Winters of Taos Pueblo; and Adriana Blake of Taos Ski Valley.
“I’m doing what I’m doing to More >
How Rural Indio-Hispano Communities Are Getting on the Ecotourism Bandwagon
How does a mobile food truck help a rural community interested in promoting ecotourism?
That idea sprang from the minds of the Cooperative Development Center of New Mexico’s (CODECE) staff as a way to create linkages among three co-ops formed last year in the northern New Mexico villages of Truchas and Córdova. It was also a way to launch CODECE’s efforts to see food preparation as a cultural activity.
Through an innovative grant from the USDA, CODECE—a project of the Albuquerque-based Center of Southwest Culture—received funding for a mobile food truck. The More >
Along the Rio Grande, pockets of green have beckoned thirsty, hungry, road-weary travelers for centuries. Today, these same pockets of green invite families and tourists, foodies and farm lovers to explore our agricultural history–and future. Agritourism, defined simply as farms hosting visitors and offering farm-based activities, has caught on across the nation, and now farmers in northern New Mexico are getting involved. Agritourism is a value-added product that helps keep farmers on the land, while inviting the community to share in the bounty of local food and the enjoyment of food production.
Selena Marroquin works with the Global Center More >
The Alvarado Urban Farm is growing by leaps and bounds and is on its way to producing a impressive bounty in the coming year. The goal of the farm is to become a local food hub where Albuquerque residents and businesses can grow and purchase local food and learn about local food systems. The farm is also serving as a community space for events, lectures and classes. These include the new Veteran Farmer Project, which is holding a series of workshops at the farm geared towards local veterans.
A free tour of the farm More >
Enjoy a day at the farm, breathe fresh mountain air and enjoy the landscape of the East Mountain area for a fun and educational event. Only a short drive from Albuquerque will bring you to this rural area where fiber artists and fiber animal breeders open their studios and farms one weekend every year.
On June 2nd and 3rd from 10 am to 5 pm, the area’s fiber art studios are providing an opportunity to visit with alpacas, sheep, camels, angora goats, llamas and angora rabbits, whose hair is sought after for making fine yarn for hand weaving, felting, crocheting and More >
Since the beginning of time, human beings have cared for each other. Being human demands both being cared for and caring for others. It is an innate urge that we cannot resist. Whether loved ones, family members and friends—even strangers ,or plants, animals, water and earth—for decades, individuals and groups have responded to the needs of others and our environment through service, both at home and afar.
As educational institutions have formalized this commitment and concern, service learning has become an organized and popular form of educational travel that is now common practice for schools and community organizations. Service learning More >
When I boarded a plane bound for Buenos Aires in January, I had no idea what was in store for me in the wilds of Argentina. As president and co-founder of the Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute, I embarked on a mission to explore opportunities to develop an ecotourism segment for our non-profit organization.
While it is winter in Albuquerque, the summer sky is sizzling in Buenos Aires. I stepped off the plane in full winter gear to a sweltering 100 degrees. After an uneventful pass through customs, I made my way to a taxi stand where a little yellow taxi More >
If you asked your family, friends or colleagues where their food comes from, what do you think they’d say? There’s a good chance many would respond with “the grocery store.” As the world becomes more urbanized, people become further and further removed from the sources of their food and drinking water. In fact, in a 2011 national poll, 77 percent of Americans could not correctly identify their source of drinking water. That’s troubling.
April 21, 8:30 am – 4 pm
Earth Day Activities
Coronado State Monument
Monument Rangers will conduct a hands-on demonstration of adobe plastering and construction with the Bernalillo Youth Conservation Corps. Storytelling and docent-led tours of the Painted Kiva and Bosque Trail. Free. 505.867.5351, Gregory.email@example.com
April 21, 9 am – 5 pm Recycled Art Fair
Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd. NW
Annual event celebrating the creativity of “upcycling.” Workshops, artists, vendors, food, festivities. Free. Presented by Parks & Recreation Dept. 505.897.8831, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cabq.gov/openspace
April 21, 10 am – 2 pm
Earth Day Celebration
Botanic Gardens – ABQ Biopark, 2601 Central Ave., NW
Visit the zoo, aquarium, botanic garden and More >
I’m one of those people who brings a box of New Mexico goodies with me when I visit former New Mexicans or friends who haven’t been here yet. They always appreciate it, and it brings them the flavors of home. And for those who have not traveled to New Mexico, I think of it as a tasty tease. I even bought my friends a deluxe New Mexico breakfast gift box, chock full of green chile, blue corn pancake mix and other goodies as a wedding gift. (They told me it was their favorite gift by far. Score one for More >
Consumer-Owned Cooperative in the Heart of the Española Valley
Agricultural traditions are alive and well in the Española Valley. The average acreage for a farm is 1,445, and more than 90 percent of local farms are owned by families or individuals, according to Rio Arriba County data.
However, Dreaming New Mexico (www.dreamingmewmexico.org) and others have identified northern New Mexico as a “food insecure” region. Many of our neighbors are at risk for hunger or missing a meal. And farmers not only do not produce enough food to carry the local population, but much of the food produced locally leaves the More >
Drive along the main thoroughfares of most American cities in search of a meal, and you will see the usual suspects—McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, and so on. The culinary landscape of Anytown, USA has become dominated by the fast-food franchise paradigm. The inevitable result of this transformation is that Main Street in many cities has itself become much like the products of a fast-food franchise: uniform, consistent, predictable and frankly, uninspiring. Gone are many of the mom-and-pop restaurants, the friendly “dives” that offered their own quirky menus, their own unique takes on the local cuisine, which added More >
Guided Tours of Taos and Northern New Mexico
The Town of Taos is offering several tours to visitors in celebration of the 2012 Remarkable Women of Taos theme. The first all-inclusive tour of Taos and northern NM traces the steps of some of the most influential women in Taos’ history. The 6-day, 5-night Artours Ltd. guided tour includes five nights of hotel accommodations, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and the escorted tour to: Rancho de Chimayo and Taos’ High Road, San Francisco de Asis Church (the most painted church in the US), Taos Pueblo, Martinez Hacienda, Harwood Museum of Art, Mabel More >
New Mexico became the 47th state on January 6, 1912. Led by the NM Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the NM Centennial Foundation, the NM Centennial 1912-2012 is an inclusive statewide commemoration offering a wide range of events – from a Longhorn cattle drive to art exhibitions, festivals and tours. Many are listed on the official website (nmcentennial.org). Here are some of them:
At various locations from June 7-16, this event will celebrate Albuquerque’s fine arts, culture and cuisine. It culminates with a centennial celebration in downtown Albuquerque. Spotlight events include the Festival Flamenco Internacional, “The Seven” at the More >