8th Annual Traditional Agriculture & Sustainable Living Conference

Looking Back to Our Ancestors to Step into the Future”


Oct. 25-26, 2013 • Nick L. Salazar Performing Arts Building, Northern New Mexico College, Española


An important symposium next month will feature international and regional experts in the areas of food security and sustainable ecology, along with panel discussions and workshops on food and nutrition, contemporary youth issues, heritage seed saving, traditional farming, land restoration, traditional medicine and medicinal herbs. There will also be a heritage seed exchange and a vendors’ market featuring earth-friendly products, information and services.


The keynote speakers are world-renowned author, physicist and biodiversity proponent Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., from India (www.navdanya.org); and author Gregory Cajete, Ph.D., of Santa Clara Pueblo. Cajete, director of the Native American Studies Department at UNM, is an international lecturer on the use of indigenous knowledge in education. Other presenters will include at least seven of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, and a cultural performance by Roberto Sahonero Gutiérrez & Los Masis, a group from Bolivia, that performed at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


The conference is being presented by a partnership of New Mexico organizations, including the Pueblo of Tesuque, Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute, Sostenga at Northern New Mexico College, Institute of Natural & Traditional Knowledge, New Mexico Acequia Association and Traditional Native American Farmers’ Association. 


The Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute promotes sustainable agriculture and seeks to raise awareness about consumerism and the dangers of genetically modified seeds and foods (GMOs). Four Bridges works in cooperation with Native American communities of northern New Mexico that value traditions of agriculture and self-sufficiency.


Organizers expect this event to sell out, so early registration is recommended. For more information and to register, visit; www.4bridges.org/annual-conference/2013-conference



Colony Consciousness: Working Together to Preserve, Protect and Promote Our Pollinators

Oct. 16-19, 2013 • La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe


Are you a concerned citizen interested in being informed and inspired on how to best interact with the little beings responsible for creating our sustenance? It does indeed take a community to raise pollinators. Most people don’t know much about pollinator needs or how to preserve and protect them. Our symbiotic relationship with pollinators can help sustain our existence, while supporting biodiversity and mindful practices.

This year’s Western Apicultural Society of North America (WAS) conference is an opportunity to learn and share with many experienced, dedicated presenters. This conference is unlike any other to come to New Mexico. WAS travels around the western region of North America and may not return to NM for 5-10 years.

The keynote speaker, coming from France, is Dr. John Kefuss, who will discuss survivor-stock queen-breeding philosophies and practices. The agenda includes local beekeepers, including Les Crowder of For the Love of Bees; Mark Spitzig of Zia Queenbee Co.; Joran Viers, with Bernalillo County Extension and the ABQ Open Space Bee Program; Dr. Julie McIntyre, southwest regional pollinator specialist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service; Dr. Stephen Rankin of Farmington, with UNM Pediatrics research on New Mexico honey vs. MRSA (a difficult-to-treat bacterial infection); and Dr. Voyce Durling-Jones with HoShinDo Japanese Meridian Apitherapy. Many other presenters from western states are expected.

From Oct. 17-19 there will be a free benefit art exhibit entitled, “Tiny Heroes: Celebrating the Beauty of our Pollinators.” Twenty percent of proceeds from sales will benefit local pollinator programs. The exhibit’s opening reception, which includes several free presentations, is from 5:30-7:30 pm. There will be an admission-free kids’ corner on Oct. 18 from 3-6 pm. Children can learn about diverse pollinators, taste honey, see honeybees in an observation hive and make a pressed-beeswax candle.

Full registration is $125; day registration $60; half-day Saturday $35 and Enchanted Bee Farm tour Saturday afternoon is $35. For more information and to register, visit http://ucanr.edu/sites/was2

For those interested in participating in the art exhibit, email kathrynalexanderfineart@gmail.com. For those interested in participating as an exhibitor or vendor, call 505.901.2102 or email ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com



Empowering the Land Conference

Empowering Our Local Business, Farming and Ranching Community

Sept. 27-28 • Tucumcari Convention Center, New Mexico


This conference, hosted by the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation, is for producers—people who want to stay on the land or enter agriculture, people who care about community, good food, opportunities for youth, and the local economy.

The event will highlight the new regenerative (sustainable) era we’re entering. There will be three learning tracks: LAND—The Ecological Umbilical; PEOPLE—Networking/Building Relationships; and ECONOMY—Local/Imbedded. The conference is designed to provide an environment for creative ideas, positive interactions, and to empower the local business, farming and ranching community. Speakers will be from a variety of diverse sources and perspectives.

Keynote Speakers

Mary Emeny’s talk is entitled: The Story of Place and How That Affects Land Use. Emeny has been involved in ranch management and in the development of the Nature Center and community gardens in Amarillo, Texas for many years. She is a proponent of permaculture and Holistic Resource Management and is currently working on developing a sustainable community, or as she calls it, “a school for regenerative development.”


Tawnya Laveta’s talk is entitled: People and Place: Creating Meaningful Livelihood While Seeding a Prosperous Future. Laveta works for Farm to Table, developing marketing resources for agricultural producers in the Four Corners states. She works directly with farmers, connecting them with special events, and assists tribal and rural communities with food systems planning and mapping, farmers’ markets, and food-hub development that equitably fulfills community needs. Laveta also facilitates “train-the-trainer” workshops on Gardening & Farming with Pollinators as Your Allies through FTT’s Pollinator Partners Program.


Pati Martinson’s talk is on the Taos County Economic Development Corporation, which she co-directs. Since TCEDC was founded in 1987, the challenge has been that of a semi-isolated, rural area transitioning from a historic centuries-old, self-sufficient agrarian base to a commercially focused economy. TCEDC’s community development efforts build upon the strengths and wisdom of land-based cultures that have demonstrated the ability to survive and overcome adversity by retaining beliefs and values. TCEDC’s vision is focused on community, unity, equity and opportunity.


For more information and to register, call 575.461.4079 or visit www.empoweringtheland.com





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