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A Local Foods Benefit Dinner in Las Cruces

La Semilla’s Eat What You Sow! Local Foods Benefit Dinner will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at De La Vega’s Pecan Grill. The dinner will feature farm fresh veggies with a seasonal dessert – all sourced from area farms. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items including art, gift baskets, and local food treats.

Tuesday, April 9th 5:30pm De La Vega’s Pecan Grill 500 S Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces, NM $60 each, $100 couple Tickets available at www.lasemillafoodcenter.org, in person at De La Vega’s, or reserved by phone at (575) 201-4981 Tickets are limited, so reserve More >

Volunteers needed for New Mexico Wilderness

Wilderness Volunteers is a nonprofit that organizes and promotes one-week volunteer service projects across the country in cooperation with public land agencies including the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Two scheduled projects in New Mexico need adventure-oriented people looking to give something back. After setting up a base camp, participants work four days on the service project and take a day off to explore the area and relax in a wild setting. Participants supply their own camping equipment. The $299 fee includes three meals and snacks each day, project leadership More >

Santa Fe takes a stand for genetically engineered food labeling Food & Water Watch to advocate for national legislation

Santa Fe, New Mexico— This past week, the city of Santa Fe became among the first in the nation to pass a resolution to call for the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, citing that consumers should have the right to know what is in their food. The consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch brought the resolution to City Council as a part of their “Let Me Decide” campaign to make GE labeling the law. GE foods have not been fully More >

Beyond Pesticides 31st National Pesticide Forum April 5-6

 

 

Beyond Pesticides’ 31st National Pesticide Forum brings together top national scientists with local and national activists and concerned citizens to share information on the issues local communities are facing, craft solutions and catalyze networks to manifest positive health and environmental policy and change. The 2013 conference will focus on organic food systems, building resilient communities, and bringing ecosystems back in balance—incorporating regional issues such as water and food sovereignty in the Southwest.

 

Sustainable Families, Farms and Food Resilient Communities Through Organic Practices

University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM April 5-6, 2013

For more information:

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/forum/

Permaculture Bootcamp

The community is invited to participate in a Permaculture Bootcamp. The event begins with a talk Friday night, March 15th followed by two days of workshops, March 16th and 17th.

Participants will learn the basics of Permaculture design and Permaculture core values. Participants will also leave the Bootcamp with a master plan for sustainability of their own site including expert peer review of their plan.

The Permaculture Bootcamp is part of the Carbon Economy Series and will take place at the Santa Fe Community College. Upcoming events in the series are Women’s Gardener, Farmer and Rancher Training which begins with a Friday More >

How GMOs Contribute to Global Climate Change

According to a recent paper by South Dakota State University researchers, grasslands in the “Western corn belt” is being converted to grow corn and soy at a rate “comparable to deforestation rates in Brazil, Malaysia, and Indonesia.” This trend may have a significant impact on global climate change, and subsequently, our ability to secure our food supply long-term. According to another research paper, converting sections of Midwestern corn fields into pasture for cows could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by as much as 36 percent. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a report titled: “Climate Change and More >

Commercial Algae Farming Workshop—Call for Presentations

Commercial Algae Farming Workshop (including a tour of the NAA Test Center)

Homewood Suites by Hilton 29813 I-45 North 77381. The Woodlands Texas

April 11-12, 2013

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The National Algae Association, a 501(c)6, is the first non-profit algae trade association in the US to assist algaepreneurs and algae farmers in creating commercial-scale algae farms on non-arable acreage or inside large commercial buildings in the US using algae research, proven technologies and commercial algae production equipment.

Presentations to include:

Growing for Nutraceuticals (Omega 3, EPA, DHA), Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, Feed, Food, Bioplastics and Organic Fertilizer. CO2 and Nutrients. Harvesting and Extraction Methods. Financing Opportunities.

Note: All presentations More >

Recycling Bins for City Residential Curbside Customers Will Be Available at the Santa Fe Home Show

 Show to b Held on  March 8 and 9

SANTA FE, NM — The City of Santa Fe Environmental Services Division will have residential recycling bins available for City residential curbside customers who need new or replacement bins at the Santa Fe Home Show on March 8 and 9 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. City residents who have residential curbside service can pick up two containers. Due to limited space old, broken containers will NOT be accepted at this event, however, they can be dropped off at 1142 Siler Road anytime. The old containers are returned to the manufacturer More >

Journey Santa Fe food justice conversation with Ethan Genauer

JOURNEYSantaFe 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 Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeeshop at 202 Galisteo Street. This Sunday, March 3, 2013 , 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

FOOD JUSTICE FOR THOUGHT, with Ethan Genauer.

Genauer organized the recent “Food Justice for Thought” series of community dialogues in New Mexico. In addition to working on a number of small organic and sustainable farms throughout northern New Mexico since 2007, he has volunteered with More >

Water management workshop offered by NMSU

The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network at New Mexico State University and the NMSU Civil Engineering Department will present a workshop on Wells, Pumps, Etc., on Saturday, March 9 to help improve water management during the ongoing drought in southern New Mexico. The seminar will provide technical information on water management and on design and operation of wells and pumping systems. The seminar is for farmers, water managers, and people who are involved in developing and operating water systems.

Topics to be covered in the seminar include status and future projection of groundwater, water conservation techniques, design of wells and pumps, More >

Sunday Design Session for Onsite Integrated Energy, Food, Water, and Solid Waste Loops (March 3)

 

Amory Lovins and the Rocky Mountain Institute have been redesigning industrial facilities to increase energy efficiency by 90%!

Can we, here in Santa Fe, capture similar savings by designing sustainable neighborhoods that integrate and localize energy, water, food, and solid waste streams?

Maximize the Localize!

Join with fellow innovators, producers, designers, architects, engineers, and enthusiasts to see how efficient, elegant, and ingenious we can be!

Who should be there? Please send this invitation to them!

And Mark Your Calendar for Floor Plans, Housing Arrangements, Shared Facilities, Themes, and Locations (March 24)

What, When, and Where: Potluck, bring your utensils and plate-Sunday March 3, March 24 2013, More >

Monsanto’s Roundup: Even Worse than We Thought

http://www.organicconsumers.org It’s bad enough that regulatory agencies continue to allow tons of Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup, to be sprayed on food crops – despite evidence that the herbicide’s key ingredient, glyphosate, causes birth defects, endocrine disruption and a host of other health problems. Now, a new study says the most widely used herbicide in the world is even more toxic than we thought. The reason? Roundup contains “confidential” – and unlabeled – ingredients that affect all living cells, including human cells, according to a new study in the scientific journal, Toxicology. Turns out that industry regulators and long-term studies look at glyphosate More >

WATER FOR A FUTURE IN NEW MEXICO PETITION TO GOVERNOR MARTINEZ AND THE NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE:

From GilaCommunity.net New Mexico is facing a water crisis. We use more than we replenish. In order to defuse the coming water wars, please stop mindless economic development. No more development for its own sake. Connect development to water use. Require a percentage of water used to be returned to the aquifer through water treatment. Outlaw water grabs. Stop the fraudulent registration and declarations of water rights with the Office of the State Engineer.

Petition Background In Sierra County, NM, we are watching a mining company reopen Copper Flat Mine. It wants to take 1/3 of the total groundwater used in the More >

Designing a Sustainable Neighborhood Workshop

If you are a potential homebuyer or renter looking to live in a sustainable neighborhood, you may want to join a group of architects and design enthusiasts at a workshop in Santa Fe to brainstorm visions of a well-lived life. Big-picture concepts and design elements will be discussed, including floor plans, cluster arrangements, shared facilities and amenities, creative financing and “aging in place.” The intention is to create a walkable mixed-use neighborhood that offers affordable housing with onsite integration of energy, water, food and solid waste systems.

 

The potluck design workshop on March 24 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm will More >

Jansens and Bacon in water conversation Sunday

JOURNEYSantaFe 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 Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeeshop at 202 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe. This Sunday, February 24, 2013, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore:

INNOVATING SANTA FE’S WATER FUTURE (Part 2 of a series on Water Democracy), with JAN-WILLEM JANSENS and host David Bacon in Bacon’s continuing Who Controls Water in the Bio Region Series

Jan-Willem Jansens will continue to explore what solutions may be found for the More >

First Ever “Renewable Energy Day” at the New Mexico Legislature March 1

SANTA FE, NM – On Friday, March 1, a diverse array of business associations, workforce training programs, public institutions, and community groups from across New Mexico will participate in the first-ever “Renewable Energy Day” at the New Mexico Legislature. This day will celebrate the economic, environmental, and social benefits of renewable energy for New Mexicans while encouraging more renewable energy development in the state. Policymakers and the general public will see how to make their homes and businesses more energy-efficient and how to “go solar” while also learning about the viability, cost-effectiveness, and benefits of renewable energy for New Mexicans More >

Fruit tree pruning workshop at NMSU Alcalde Center on March 7

New Mexico State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde will host its annual fruit tree pruning workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 7. The center is located at 371 County Road 40 in Alcalde.

“We will have presentations on pruning basics, common training systems and some new development for each species,” said Shengrui Yao, Cooperative Extension Service fruit specialist. “After that, there will be a hands-on session in the field.”

The tree species will include apples, peaches, cherries and apricots. Also to be discussed will be grapes, blackberries and raspberries.

“Home gardeners, small farmers and commercial fruit growers are all More >

College of ACES receives $70,000 Wells Fargo grant for sustainable agriculture program

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences has received a grant from a local business that is one small step in the direction of forever changing sustainable agriculture in New Mexico.

Wells Fargo has granted the college $70,000 to a program that aims to assist agriculturalists in transitioning to sustainable practices through advanced technological systems.

“It is really exciting to see something like sustainable agriculture moving toward what can benefit our farmers more in this community,” said Terra Van Winter, director of development for the College of ACES. “We are looking for different ways to promote research and More >

Community Recycling Event – February 20, 2013

The City of Santa Fe, Environmental Services Division, in cooperation with the Sierra Club, will have residential recycling bins available for residents of the City who need new or replacement bins this Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Geneva Chavez Community Center.  The Sierra Club in an effort to help City residents increase recycling in Santa Fe and promote Environmental Stewardship has committed to helping distribute bins the third Wednesday of every month through the month of April.

“We are excited to have the Sierra Club support and grateful for their help and interest in recycling in Santa Fe” said More >

Declaration of Interdependence with Mother Earth

JOURNEYSantaFe 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 Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeeshop at 202 Galisteo Street. This Sunday February 17, 2013 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore

DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE WITH MOTHER EARTH – with Institute of American Indian Arts Director of Student Sustainability Leadership Annie Haven McDonnell and student leaders Bonita Rickers and Monica Gutierrez, in conversation with Unicopia radio host Faren Dancer

When, in the course of human events, it becomes More >