July 2012

What’s Going On? – Here & There




Ongoing Until July 18

Red Willow Farmers’ Market

Taos Pueblo, NM

Greenhouse and field-grown produce and more. redwillowfarmers@gmail.com


July 13-15

Taos Pueblo Pow Wow

Taos, NM

Dance and drum performances and competitions, ceremonial activities, arts, crafts, food booths. www.taospueblopowwow.com


July 13-24, 10 am-5 pm

Wood Show “Turning Out”

Tome Art Gallery, 2930 Hwy.47, Los Lunas, NM (Half way between Los Lunas and Belen)

Open House & Demo, show and sale. Wood from the Rio Grande Bosque to the far reaches of Africa used in making furniture, retablos, carvings, turnings, boxes, bowls, carvings, etc. 505.565.0556.


July 14-15, 9am-July 15, 1 pm

Intro to Queen Honeybee Rearing

Zia Queenbee Co. Farm, Truchas, NM

Workshop for experienced beekeepers by Melanie Kirby and Mark Spitzig. $200. 505.929.8080, http:queenbees.com/zia/2012


July 20-22

Fiestas de Taos

Taos Plaza

Time-honored festival preserving four centuries of cultural diversity and tradition unique to Taos. Enjoy NM cuisine, indigenous dances, arts & crafts, food, Spanish folk music, and the hospitality of local Taosenos. Visit fiestasdetaos.com


July 21

Mesteno Draw Volunteer Workshop

Mesteno Draw Ranch, north of Mountainair (1 hr. s. of Albq.)

Aaron Kauffman of SW Urban Hydrology will lead participants in building rock baffles and weirs on a creek walk and see how previously installed treatments are functioning. Email Joan Bybee at joan.bybee@gmail.com for info. Free.


July 24 Application Deadline

Socially Disadvantaged Agricultural Producer Grants

Grants to provide technical assistance to small agricultural producers in rural areas. Maximum award: $175,000. Matching funds not required. Eligibility: Communities of less than 50,000 population, cooperatives, group of cooperatives, cooperative development centers. Applications scored on expected outcomes of assistance, experience of staff, commitment, local support. Info/applications: 505.761.4953,



July 24, 6 pm

At The Artist’s Table

Museum Hill Café, 710 Cam. Lejo

Celebrate Spanish traditions with santero artist Arthur Lopez and a specially designed meal by James Campbell Caruso, chef/owner of La Boca restaurant. Benefits Partners in Education Foundation. Tickets: $250/person 505.474.0240, http://attheartiststable.eventbrite.com


July 26-27
Water, Cleanup and Our Health Conference
Northern New Mexico College, Espanola
Learn about the surface water impacts from LANL operations, the need for aggressive cleanup now, and potential health impacts. For more info:


Aug. 6 Deadline

Rural Cooperative Development Grants

USDA Rural Development grants up to $175,000 available to nonprofit corporations and institution of higher education. May be used to conduct feasibility studies, create and implement business plans, and help businesses develop new markets for their products and services. 505.761.4953, http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/bcp_rcdg.html


Aug. 10-12

EcoRangers SW EcoFest

Ruidoso, NM

Learn skills related to sustainable living, building and growing. Workshops, booths, live music. Optional dinner hosted by Sanctuary on the River. Tickets start at $40, kids under 12 free. ecoservants@gmail.com, www.ecoservants.org


Aug. 17-19

Tribal Vision Festival

CSA Organic Farm, Taos, NM

Workshops on sustainable living, art, music, theater, dance, ceremony. Paul Stamets, Kenneth Johnson, Rev. Yamoto, Flordemayo, many other speakers and performers. Camping, food. Tickets: $110-$150. info@tribalvisionfestival.com, www.tribalvisionfestival.com


Aug. 22-27

Homesteading Workshop

Lama Foundation, Lama, NM

Workshop featuring our food cycle: mulch to meals. Techniques and recipes for kitchen and garden; rural or urban. gracybelle@wordpress.com, http://liveherenow.wordpress.com/


Aug. 31-Sept. 2

Natural Building Workshop

Ocaté, NM

Learn to build light clay structures. Fundamentals of design, local material collection, construction and tours of completed homes. Meals & camping at a beautiful retreat center. $100. 575.668.2005, wyldonions@yahoo.com


Sept. 1

Slow Money Rocky Mtn. Regional Gathering

Carbondale, Colorado

A day of regional organizing and a harvest dinner, music and festivities. Co-hosted by Slow Money and Sustainable Settings. 10 am-4 pm gathering; 4-9 pm harvest festival. Presentations by Gary Nabhan, Michael Brownlee, Kris Holstrom, Joel Benson, Woody Tasch and regional food entrepreneurs and farmers. www.slowmoney.org/


Biodynamic Compost

Made from manure from alfalfa-fed cows, available for pick-up or delivery. 505.982.6879. For info, see Susan Waterman’s My Own Garden article in March 2011 GFT.


The Home Farming Revolution for Drylands

New book by Zoe Wilcox and Melanie Rubin is now available. A step-by-step guide to help you convert any plot of land into a micro-farm. Email info@homefarmingrevolution.com or visit www.homefarmingrevolution.com to download the book’s introduction for free. Available at Bookworks in Albq. and online.

Incubating NM Rural Food Producers

Free one-year project aimed at helping small food producers looking to expand. USDA and South Valley Economic Development Center have partnered to help small food producers in NM gain access to larger markets, received business training and assistance. Benefits of the program include: Access to SVEDC partners in areas such as marketing, distribution, micro-lending and business assistance; Access to SVEDC retail buyers such as Whole Foods, John Brooks and more. For info, contact Brandom@svedc.org, 505.301.3689. www.svedc.org


Rio Grande Return

Gifts from the River

Locally produced salsas, jams, honey, chocolates, soaps, lotions, incense and more. Supports local farmers, producers and the conservation of the Rio Grande. 505.466.1767, toll free: 866.466.1767, www.riograndereturn,com


Veterans Green Jobs Academy

Northern NM College, Espanola

Workforce training and specific degree programs to support military veterans in fully accredited academic certificate and degree programs in areas of environmental science related to renewable energy, hazardous materials response, forestry, sustainable agriculture, wildland fire science, construction trades and others. A partnership with the NM Dept. of Veterans Services. For more info, call Dr. Biggs at 505.747.5453 or visit www.nnmc.edu/vetacademy.htm.


NM Green Chamber of Commerce

The NM Green Chamber of Commerce, with chapters around the state, has a business directory that is a great resource for conscious consumers looking for locally owned and environmentally friendly businesses in their area.  Contribute to a sustainable future by supporting businesses in your city/town that are striving to be leaders in green business practices. Info: 505.859.3433, info@nmgreenchamber.com, http://nmgreenchamber.com/members?page=2



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