April 2017

Decolonizing Nature: Resistance, Resilience, Revitalization

 An interdisciplinary environmental justice conference hosted by UNM, April 19–22


Subhankar Banerjee


The colonization of nature under capitalism is rooted in an ethos that views human beings as separate to and above nature—Earthmasters for whom the planet is an inexhaustible reservoir of natural resources to be exploited. With profit as the prime motive, the resources are denuded beyond sustainable limits for the disproportionate benefit of a wealthy few. Pollution and waste from this activity also are skewed in their impact, in this case to the substantial detriment of poor and marginalized people, indigenous communities and biotic life. Capital’s colonization of nature has More >

Earth Day Events




April 19–22, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Earth Day Celebration

ABQ Biopark

Learning experiences that explore how our actions matter to plants, animals and the ecosystem. Discovery stations and hands-on activities. $4–$12.50. 4/19: The Aquarium; 4/20: The Zoo; 4/21: Tingley Beach; 4/22: The Botanic Garden. 505.848.7180, biopark@cabq.gov, www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark/events/earth-day-celebration


April 20, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

UNM’s 9th Annual Sustainability Expo

Cornell Mall, east of the Student Union building, 8900 Central SE

Local growers’ market, alternative transportation, interactive displays and demos on energy conservation, waste reduction and sustainable lifestyle practices. Handcrafted art, entertainment and food trucks. Organized by UNM Sustainability Studies students. https://abqstew.com/2017/03/14/save-the-date-2/


April 22, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Resilience Garden

Indian Pueblo Cultural More >

Northern New Mexico College’s Renewable Energy Festival


“Bringing Power to the People” April 21–22


Northern New Mexico College in Española will host its first annual Renewable Energy Festival on April 21 and 22. The event will provide opportunities for the public to learn about and get involved with the transition to the new energy economy.


Friday evening, from 6-8 p.m., there will be a reception and performances at NNMC’s Nick Salazar Center for the Arts Theater featuring Dancing Earth Indigenous Contemporary Creations, youth hoop dancers from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Peñasco Theater Collective, Moving Arts Española, Mina Fajardo Chuscales Flamenco, Cipriano Vigil, Marcos Cavalcante and David García, and the Sikh More >

Seeking True North: Realigning Northern New Mexico College with a Quest for Excellence and an Ethic of Service


Alejandro López


There is no place in the world where I would rather be.

— NNMC President Rick Bailey, Ph.D


If institutions, like the individuals who steer them, become infirm, lose their strength and sense of direction, can they recover their health, power and bearings? Northern New Mexico College, with new president Dr. Rick Bailey at the helm, will soon demonstrate that this may indeed be the case—if he is able to translate his vision into reality.


Founded as a land-grant institution under the Territorial Constitution in 1909, NNMC had its beginnings in an educational process aimed specifically at developing certain skills and abilities More >

Education as Offering: Braiding Community, College and Plant Stories


By Patricia Trujillo Ph.D., with NNMC students Joy Dili, Erik García, Evelynne González, Michelle Martínez, Codiee Myles, Shayna Porter, Nicole Soderberg and Tatiana Smith


We dedicate this article to the late Emily “Awa Povi” Martínez from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. Joy Dili interviewed Ms. Martínez for the Plant Stories assignment featured in this article. She was an elder who shared important plant knowledge and the Tewa names of plants. She passed away very shortly after the interview. We offer our story to honor our elders and ancestors.


Many of us in the Norte are taught since a young age to give a ceremonial offering More >

Heritage Seeds in Community Life


Greg Schoen


Many of us are aware of a renaissance of sorts regarding the preservation of heirloom seeds, also known as “heritage seeds.” Through thousands of years of human civilization there has developed a kaleidoscope of variation in all the kinds of seeds of food crops—grains, beans, vegetables and fruits—along with fiber plants, medicinal plants and colorful flowers. As cultures formed and people migrated around the world, they carried their seeds along with their stories and traditions. The seeds themselves carry memory in their genetic code, as do the people who planted them. In our personal cultural memories, seeds have a More >

Second Annual Farm to School Awards Celebrate Local Food


Kendal Chávez


It takes the dedicated efforts of many people working together to create a movement. On Feb. 20, for Food & Farms Day and New Mexico School Nutrition Day, people from all over New Mexico came to the state’s capitol to demonstrate the importance of local food and its connections to the land, heritage and the future. The day was sponsored by the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council and coordinated by Farm to Table.


New Mexico Food & Farms Day at the Legislature also demonstrated the relationships between the health of communities and food and farming. And it More >

Agua Es Vida: A Youth Experiential Learning Program


John Wright


Are we preparing youth for the challenges of the future? It’s an age-old question that perseveres and becomes even more critical as we consider scenarios such as climate change, as well as changing economic, social and political crises. 


The Querencia Institute (QI), based in the South Valley of Albuquerque, has undertaken a unique approach to help prepare youth for these challenges. Over the past three years, this nonprofit organization, comprised of educators, natural resource professionals and community activists, has developed a multi-tiered mentorship and internship program in sustainability education. Through hands-on projects and classroom activities, students learn about sustainable More >

EVERYDAY GREEN / Being a Locavore


Susan Guyette


Here’s perhaps the best news about “modern nutrition”— a return to the food wisdom of time-honored traditions. Local traditional cultures recognize the value of growing food, picking fresh, home cooking and eating together to celebrate the gifts of Mother Earth. There are many advantages of being a locavore, one who eats food grown less than 500 miles from where you live. Getting connected by eating locally grown abounds with health and social benefits.


Increasing resilience and immunity by eating the nutrients from one’s local environment is a top reason to eat locally. Eating locally can supply the vitamins, minerals and More >

Spring Cooking with Vegetables


Japa K. Khalsa


Spring cooking is the best time to awaken a more subtle palate, one that allows for lots of rich and vibrant vegetables bursting with healing agents. Perhaps you want to shed a few pounds or feel lighter and ready to exercise in the beautiful weather.  Here are a few recipes to awaken the spirit of spring inside your body. Combine different flavors and textures of vegetables to make unique dishes.


Scrumptious Vegan Veggie Pie

This is a veggie casserole that has several layers. Feel free to experiment and make up your own. Roasted red bell peppers make a simple bottom More >

Newsbites – April 2017

PNM May Retire San Juan Generating Station

 On March 16, Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), majority owner and operator of the 1800-MW coal-fired San Juan Generating Station, in a shift of its long-held position, announced: “Retiring the remaining two units of the SJGS could provide long-term benefits to customers.”


Almost 300 people are employed at the SJGS in northwest New Mexico. The plant consumes 6.3 billion gallons of water per annum and is one of the most polluting power plants in the U.S. According to the NM Environment Department, between 2005 and 2008, the plant violated PNM’S air quality permit More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – April 2017


April 3, 17, 5 pm

350 New Mexico

ABQ Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard SE

Building a grassroots climate movement to address the impact of climate change on New Mexicans. Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays each month. http://350newmexico.org


April 3–4

Tribal Energy in the SW

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW

Conference focused on opportunities for tribal projects and tips for navigating a changing regulatory environment. Intended for attorneys, tribal representatives, industry executives, governmental officials and consultants. Webcast available. www.lawseminars.com/seminars/2017/17TRIBNM.php


April 6–May 11

Food As Medicine

UNM Continuing Education

Explore the wisdom of a wellness system growing in recognition and acceptance as a complement to More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – April 2017


April 4, 11, 3:15–5:15 pm

Global Warming Classes

St. John’s Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trl.

Current and predicted effects, adaptation and mitigation. Instructor: Steven Rudnick. Renesan Institute. 505.982.9274, www.renesan.org


April 4, 6 pm

Voices of Counterculture in the SW

Collected Works Books, 202 Galisteo St.

Roundtable of contributors to the book: Jack Loeffler, Enrique La Madrid, Lisa Law, Meredith Davidson, Sylvia Rodríguez.


April 5, 6 pm

From Powell to Power

REI, 500 Market St. #100

A Recounting of the First 100 River Runners through the Grand Canyon. Author Tom Martin will present a look behind the scenes look at Otis Marston’s book. Book sales will benefit the SF Watershed More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – April 2017


April 22, 9 am–3 pm

Home & Garden Expo

Taos Youth & Family Center, 407 Paseo del Cañon E.

Free admission. Presented by the Taos Chamber of Commerce. 575.751.8800


Third Weds. Monthly

Taos Entrepreneurial Network

Taos County Courthouse Mural Room, Taos Plaza

Networking, presentations and discussion. Free.


Farmer-to-Farmer Training

Taos County and Española Valley

Learn to be an organic acequia farmer. The NM Acequia Association has a yearlong training program. It includes farm and business planning, season extension, fertility and soil health, equipment maintenance, planting & harvesting, organic pest management and more. 505.995.9644, pilar@lasacequias.org



Holy Cross Hospital Health Support

HCH Community Wellness Center (lower entrance), 1397 Weimer Rd.

575.751.8909, mariam@taoshospital.com, TaosHealth.com



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


April 2, 1–4 pm


Camino de Paz School, Cuarteles (near Española), NM

A festival of spring, baby goats and life on the land. Campus tours, horse-drawn wagon rides, music, food. Free admission. 505.231.2819


April 8, 9:30 am–12 pm

Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Corrales, NM

Nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization. Meets on the second Sat. each month. Josephine.darling@citizensclimatelobby.org


April 14 Application Deadline

Outstanding Women in Agriculture

Nominations sought for Diamond in the Rough award to recognize an outstanding woman in NM agriculture and highlight her efforts. Award will be presented at the 12th biennial Women in Agriculture Leadership Conference, May 30–June 1 in Las Cruces. 200 women from all types of More >