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What’s Going On? – Taos – November 2017


Nov. 2, 4–6 pm

Benefit for Amigos Bravos

114 Des Georges Pl.

Tour ABs’ new office, raise a glass for clean water and then enjoy dinner next door at Eske’s Brew Pub. 575.758.3874,


Through Feb. 18, 2008

Corn: Sacred Giver of Life

Millicent Rogers Museum, 1504 Millicent Rogers Rd.

Images of corn in Native American textiles, pottery, paintings, baskets and jewelry. 575.758.2462,


Third Tues. Monthly, 5:30–8 pm

Taos Entrepreneurial Network


Networking, presentations, discussion and professional services. Free. 505.776.7903,




What’s Going On? – Here & There – November 2017


Nov. 4, 3–5 pm

Wine & Wag Arts & Crafts Show

Jémez Springs Presbyterian Church, 17540 N.M. 4

Gala/auction to benefit animal welfare in the Jémez Valley. Participants must be 21 or older $12/adv. $15 at the door. 888.828.5822, ext. 4


Nov. 4, 5 pm

Northern NM College Foundation Gala

Ohkay Convention Center, near Española, NM

“Dream, Journey, Thrive.” Keynote speaker: Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham. Dinner, auction, performances by Moving Arts Española and Cipriano Vigil y Familia. $100. 505.747.2147,


Nov. 4–5

Dixon Studio Tour

Dixon, NM

36th annual. Over 50 artists and businesses representing virtually every art and craft. Maps available at each numbered stop and can be downloaded from More >

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) To Hold Annual Open House Nov. 6


SANTA FE, NM: October 24, 2017. The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) will be holding an Open House on Monday November 6, 2017 from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm. The campus is located at 83 Avan Nu Po Road, eight minutes from the intersection of Rodeo Road and Richards Avenue, on the south side of Santa Fe. For directions and a map of the campus, click here.

Exhibitions, demonstrations, and ceremonies will be the order of the day, with open studios and classrooms – plus a Bronze Pour – a sight not often seen by those outside of the art More >

Journey Santa Fe: Denise Fort Will Discuss the Attack On Our Environment

Journey Santa Fe sponsors Sunday morning gatherings of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and OPEN to the public and take place at 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffee House (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).


October 22, 2017 – Sunday, 11 am

DENISE FORT Will Discuss the Attack On Our Environment: What the President and Congress are Doing and What We Can Do About It Journey Hosts: Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy


With each passing day, we witness a stream of depressing More >

Race and Ethnicity: Free Lecture on The Origins of Hispano Identity in New Mexico



Pecos, NM: – Pecos National Historical Park will honor National Hispanic Heritage Month with a free lecture by Dr. Adrian Bustamante on Saturday, October 21st titled “Race and Ethnicity: The Origins of Hispano Identity in New Mexico”. Dr. Bustamante will explore why multiple ascribed and self-ascribed ethnic terms such as Hispano, Mejicano Spanish American, etc, are used to describe descendants of colonial settlers in New Mexico.  The presentation will take place in the Kiva Theater at the Visitor Center at 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 21.


Adrian H. Bustamante was born in Pecos, New Mexico and raised in Santa Fe where his mother’s More >

New Buffalo and Beyond

Gallery talk with Iris Keltz October 14, 2017 12:00 PM

01:30 PM New Mexico History Museum

Join the New Mexico History Museum every second Saturday of the month from June-February for a presentation and conversation-style gallery talk in conjunction with the current exhibit, Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest.

Iris Keltz, author of Scrapbook of a Taos Hippie, shares stories of living at New Buffalo and in the Taos area during the countercultural era.

“The whole name of New Buffalo means the buffalo sustained the Indians for many years and this is New Buffalo. We were going to be sustained by the More >

Journey Santa Fe: Economics of Happiness Conference

Journey Santa Fe sponsors Sunday morning gatherings of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and OPEN to the public and take place at 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffee House (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).


October 8, 2017 – Sunday, 11 am

ANN FILEMYR, Vice President and Dean at Southwestern College, and NATE DOWNEY, President of PermaDesign, Will Forecast the Upcoming Economics of Happiness Conference (Oct. 12-14) Journey Hosts: Alan Webber & James Burbank


The Economics of Happiness Conference to occur at More >

Nourishment in Every Form and in Every Season

The Succession of Local Sustaining Foods Across a Year’s Time


Alejandro López


I just finished eating a perfectly ripe apricot that my friend Levi gave me from a tree in his back yard. And what an experience that was! When I bit into it, its soft, translucent orange flesh released a torrent of concentrated flavors and nutrients. I had forgotten what a real apricot tastes like, as opposed to one of those humongous, not quite ripe, often disappointing apricots that come from afar in 10-pack, hard-plastic boxes, selling for at least three bucks at local stores.


Biting into that apricot also instantly provoked More >

Fertilizing the Future of Acequia Farmers

Los Sembradores Farmer Training Program


For many New Mexico farmers, working the land is a sacred duty and tradition. Farmers are needed to irrigate the lands. The land can nourish families, but in order for farmers to be able to make a living at it, they must have access to lands that can be cultivated. When fields are left fallow too long, the owners risk losing their water rights. With these things in mind, in 2017 the New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) took over administration of the Farmer Training Program, which had been initiated and run by the New Mexico American More >

Staying Power: FoodCorps New Mexico


Leiloni Begaye


Ya’at’eeh shik’éí dóó shidine’é. Shí éí Leiloni yinishyé. Mą’ii Deeshgiizhinii nishłį, Tó’aheedlíinii bashishchiin, Táchii’nii dashicheii, Tł’ááshchí’í dashinalí. Ákót’éego diné asdzáán nishłį.



Residing on Diné bíké’é (the Navajo Nation) in a rural town of 800 people, I did not grow up eating healthy on a daily basis. It never crossed my mind that my family had to travel over 100 miles to the nearest grocery store or how expensive fresh produce was and is to the present day.


However, I clearly remember shínalí asdzáá (my father’s mother), my siblings and I would walk down a path to her field and pick wild red More >

Albuquerque Public Schools

80 Gardens


Mallory García


Albuquerque Public Schools serves 84,000 students in 141 schools. The district’s schools—elementary to high school—currently have more than 80 gardens. When thinking about these large numbers, it is important to understand that these school communities foster a student body which is uniquely filled with culture and traditions. The same is true about the gardens, which offer opportunities for engaged learning and physical activity while serving to help students understand how healthy food is grown.


One way the students’ interaction with the food they eat is fueled through taste tests. Students are invited to try fruits and vegetables that are More >

The Most Important Word in “Community Gardening” is not ‘Gardening!’


Mark Winne


Community gardening and urban agriculture play important roles in promoting food security, healthy eating and a sustainable and equitable food system. For those reasons, I’m going to explore three myths that are part of the community gardening conversation.


Myth Number One: Community gardening nurtures human tranquility and oneness with nature. Myth Number Two: urban gardens and farms will feed a hungry world and create a slew of good-paying jobs. Myth Number Three: Gardeners and farmers exist in such a singular state of purity that they can float above the political fray and never engage with public policy.


Let’s dispense with More >

Growing a Resilient Regional Food System


Julie Sullivan


George, my husband and business partner, likes to start presentations with the question, “How many of you are involved in agriculture?” Unless he’s speaking at a soil health or farming conference, only one or two hands go up in the air. Then he asks, “How many of you eat?”


If you eat, you are involved in agriculture.


The locavore “Know Your Food” revolution grows strong and bouncy like a well-fed colt. Yet, for all the interest in real and regional food, most eaters still know little about the challenges farmers and ranchers face.


A resilient regional food system is all about More >

What Are Food Policy Councils?

Join In and Make a Difference


Pam Roy and Helen Henry


For most people the question of where their food comes from stops when they enter their local supermarket. There, on the carefully stocked shelves, are rows and rows of food and related items. Easy. But if you looked at all of the factors that influenced where that food comes from and the choices that were made in the process, you would find a more complex story.


The truth is, your local supermarket is the tip of the iceberg. We all know that somehow, somewhere, farmers are growing food, but most of us More >

Bread Winners and Bread Makers: Santa Fe Women and Food


Cydney Martin


With the celebration of World Food Day on Oct. 16, it seems appropriate to explore the subject of how food and economics are integrally entwined, particularly for women, who often find innovative ways of bringing these two things full circle. I caught up with two women, Melissa Willis and Ellen Zachos, to hear their thoughts on food, advocacy and making a difference.


Cydney Martin: World Food Day, which is a program of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, has set the goal of Zero Hunger by 2030. Would you share areas of your work that you consider to More >

Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (ICAN and SNAP Programs)


 Cydney Martin


The I CAN (Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition) Program, sponsored and funded by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education program, has three nutrition educators in Santa Fe County. The program provides free, hands‐on, needs‐based education in the areas of healthy food choices, food preparation, food safety, exercise and food resource management. The educators come to a classroom and provide practical, healthy, kid-friendly recipes for children to make at home with limited assistance. The program has been in Santa Fe County for over 30 years. They are More >

When an Apple a Day Is Not Enough


Juan López


We have all heard “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but what is this trying to convey, and is the message of value to the average person? In its essence, “an apple a day…” alludes to that, if an individual eats healthier, that person will be healthier. But what happens when that apple is not accessible, or if it is, how can it be prepared in a way that is healthy and flavorful to people who do not like apples?


The South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has long been a place where culture, tradition and food More >

Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Cookbook



Vibrant photos of northern New Mexico farms, farmers and the goods they produce and sell at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market complement more than 100 recipes collected from growers and market patrons in Douglas Merriam’s new Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Cookbook.


Organized by seasons, each step on the journey from farm to market is told in a series of essays by travel writer Lesley S. King. There are stories of seed-to-table, wholesome meals that cooks can recreate in their own kitchens wherever they live, using mostly farmers’ market ingredients. It is not strictly a regional cookbook.


Two hundred of Merriam’s photos More >

Newsbites – October 2017


New Mexico “Agtech” Accelerator to Host National Competition

Arrowhead Center is New Mexico State University’s entrepreneurial hub. AgSprint, Arrowhead Center’s agriculture technology-focused accelerator, graduated its first cohort of five “agtech” startups from around the country in August.


In November, AgSprint will host Future Agro Challenge’s first U.S. national competition, in Las Cruces. Ten startups in food retail, food production, food sustainability, nutrition and health and other areas will compete in pitch challenges and other tests. The best startup, chosen by venture capitalists from around the country, will move on to the international Future Agro Challenge competition in Istanbul, Turkey. The goal More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – October 2017


Oct. 7–8

ABQ American Indian Arts Festival

IPCC, 2401 12th NW

50 traditional and contemporary Native artists and dance groups. Admission $8.40/$6.40/$5.40/Children under 5 free. 505.843.7270,


Oct. 21, 9 am–4 pm

Solar Fiesta/Community Fair

Sawmill Community Land Trust

997 18th St. NW

Free family event., See page 37.


Oct. 22, 8:30 am

Acequia Celebration/Fun Run

Sánchez Farms, 1180 Arenal SW

8:30 am: registration. 9:15 am: 5K/1K begins. Activities for kids, raffle. Honoring of acequia after fun run. Presented by Center for Social Sustainable Systems. $25/$15 suggested donation supports CESOSS Leadership Institute. 505.300.8357,,


Oct. 24, 10 am

Value-Added Producer Grant

USDS Rural Dev. State Office, 100 Sun Ave. NE

Workshop to learn about More >