June Potluck for Community Homesteaders Home Grown New Mexico South Valley in ABQ Last week of the month Call 473-1403 or email@example.com with questions
Santa Fe Saturday, June 1 at 9am-11am Pollinator Gardening Class- FREE Home Grown New Mexico and Farm to Table Earth Care Community Garden (Country Club and Jaguar) firstname.lastname@example.org or 473-1403
Saturday, June 8 from 10am-4pm and Saturday, June 22 from 10am-1pm All-Grain Brewing Class
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RW: “Visitors want to experience a city, a culture, in an authentic way. The key distinction we’ve made in terms of creative tourism is that you can experience it hands-on. Since the International Creative Cities Conference in 2008 where we presented 50 different creative tourism experiences, we’ve focused, in Santa Fe, on building the infrastructure. By that I mean identifying additional artists who are willing to interact with tourists. We’re now up to over 300 on our website. We have offered training so they’re better able to sit More >
Southwestern offers Masters’ Degrees in Counseling and Art Therapy/Counseling, as well as a Community Education Program and Counseling Center, which offers sliding-scale More >
Students provide bodywork treatments to all populations in Santa Fe at low-cost in the student clinic and at externships within the community. NMAHA’s Harmony Integrated Bodywork Center, located just More >
Whereas, our ability to utilize herbal medicines has been carried on for generations, and the knowledge to use plants for healing has been passed on successfully from our ancestors so may we pass it on to the next generation;
Whereas, our ancestors through the millennia formed a relationship with plants for the purposes of healing our families and communities, thereby insuring our survival;
Whereas, the development of distinct traditions of herbal medicine practices throughout the world has resulted in the most widespread medical system accessible to all people regardless of culture, More >
In the 1990s, Thomas Banyacya, a Hopi Indian elder, issued a “call for native peoples in the West to come together to share their original spiritual instructions, teachings and prophecies.” Banyacya, whose life was devoted to a spiritual mission of saving the planet by spreading Hopi prophecy, died in 1999 at the age of 89.
According to a Hopi religious tradition, the Great Spirit Maasau’u, Guardian of the Earth, assigned them the duty of preserving the natural balance of the world and entrusted them with a series of prophecies warning of specific threats and providing More >
Since the days of the Spanish explorer Onate, tourism has brought northern New Mexico more money than any other industry. But tourists are not our local economy’s most valuable resource. That would be water.
We often hear about how the people of the Rio Grande Valley survived through many dry spells over the centuries. Perhaps we don’t talk enough about how, during a drought, the 900-year-old Hokoman culture vanished from what is now southern Arizona. Without water, civilizations disappear.
New Mexico’s water supply is shrinking at an alarming rate. Sure, the Buckman Diversion project will buy Santa Fe some time, More >
You’ve seen the stars around town, the trucks and trailers, the ubiquitous yellow signs with initials, and perhaps the billboards touting “the largest job creation program since the Manhattan Project.” The movie business is clearly here in New Mexico, but are you seeing that business on your bottom line? Since prioritizing motion picture and television as a target for economic development growth in the late 1990’s, NM has gone from a backwater in the movie business (albeit the original home of movies in the U.S.) to one of the biggest production centers outside of New York & Los More >
I thought it would be best to start this article as I do every Thursday with my introduction of Cook with the Chef culinary demonstrations at the Santa Fe Farmers Market: The Farm to Restaurant Project (F2R) showcases local chefs of independently owned restaurants who support regional food producers, whether they have direct relationships with farmers who deliver to their doors, or they come down to the farmers’ market, or they are part of the pilot distribution project.
In the current global food system where food is mass produced, sprayed with chemicals and transported hundreds of miles to get More >
Sustainable economy-building strengthens the foundation of a culture by working with, rather than against, the values of a community. New Mexico still retains many of the economic strengths stemming from diversity, now lost in most regions of the U.S. Discovering ways of moving forward with economic development while retaining the cultural preciousness and uniqueness of local cultures depends upon understanding the important interplay between culture and traditional economies.
Eco-cultural sustainability requires listening to indigenous methodologies, and describing the framework for economies that work from within those cultures, rather than instituting an outsider point of view. This re-integration is More >
by Carolyn Parrs
His Holiness the Dalai Lama made a stunning proclamation last year at a Peace Summit in Vancouver. He said, “The world will be saved by the Western woman.” This statement shocked the audience and started a tsunami of responses in cyberspace. Can you imagine? Women saving the world?
After the initial elation I felt hearing such a highly respected male leader make such a statement, I thought to myself, duh, of course it will be women. We make 85% of the consumer purchases. We can save the world right now by what we buy – More >
I first met Vicki Pozzebon in 2006, shortly after I started Edible Santa Fe, and just after she had taken the reigns as Executive Director for the Santa Fe Independent Business Alliance. The setting was a first Tuesday Alliance meeting. It was the first time I’d attended, and I didn’t anticipate the ways in which our paths would soon merge. For several years after, I had the good fortune to share a community office across the hall from the Alliance, where my friendship and connection to Vicki and the Alliance blossomed. Over countless morning chats fueled by coffee More >
Nowadays there is so much confusion about what is “sustainable,” “organic,” or “natural” food, that as Indo-Hispanos, we sometimes forget our own ancestral models that have worked historically and make more sense. One such concept that has fallen by the wayside as we embrace and debate such abstract concepts as “food security” and “food democracy” is the philosophy of convide, or the sharing of food among neighbors.
Indo-Hispano (Chicana/o) communities have been sharing water and food since time immemorial. The sharing of the water comes from the concept of equidad, or equality, as stated in the Quran, and is More >
Working Locally, Networking Nationally
May 2010 marked my four-year anniversary as the Executive Director of the Santa Fe Alliance. It went by without much notice – until I started to prepare for the 2010 Business Alliance for Local Living Economy (BALLE) National Conference in Charleston, SC. I was working diligently, preparing to lead a day of events for executive directors and network leaders to kick off the conference. But I was stuck. It was like writer’s block but worse because I had to come up with interesting ideas to connect these leaders from all over the country.
Most of our networks More >
When I started my journey with the Santa Fe Alliance in 2006 it didn’t occur to me that my family background would have such a big influence on my daily work. I have a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts, not a background in economic development. Our “new economy” experts have told me that my lack of economic development experience means I have nothing to unlearn when it comes to the work I do. When the Santa Fe Alliance began to build out a project to localize food and energy economies for greater community wealth I puzzled over the More >
Is time money? All too often, the answer is “no.” Looking after elderly parents and young children, volunteering for community projects, renovating the environment to reduce water and energy consumption – these efforts, though vital for our very survival as a people, go unpaid and uncounted by the way we traditionally measure economic production.
Enter “Time Banking.”
Lack of money or social connections usually keep people from the goods and services they need. With Time Banking, people exchange time. They can help each other and receive credits for their service. Anyone who helps another member earns one time dollar per More >
When GFT Editor, Seth Roffman approached me about collaborating on an entire issue reflecting the “universe of the Santa Fe Alliance” I was a little overwhelmed. Where do I start? When will I find the time? Who do I call first? We are involved in so many different facets of a local living economy because you cannot have a successful, vibrant sustainable one without all the connecting pieces. It’s the work of the Alliance to educate the community on how a dollar spent here stays here and what it does for our local economy, but it is the work of More >
What can a small group of people accomplish in the midst of chilling economic forecasts and banks rejecting loan applications from stellar customers they’ve lent to for 30 years? The 6 month-old Finance for Food & Farming working group is composed of organizations that have created micro-financing opportunities for farmers and food enterprises to help these small businesses grow and meet the increasing demand for local food in New Mexico.
As leaders in the field, the Permaculture Credit Union (PCU), and Santa Farmers’ Market Institute More >
“Sustainability means operating a business so as to grow and earn profit while recognizing and supporting the economic and non-economic aspirations of people both inside and outside the organization on whom the corporation depend.” – The Triple Bottom Line by Andrew W. Savitz with Karl Weber, © Jossey-Bass 2006.
One of the things that distinguishes Santa Fe Alliance business members is their passionate belief in—and dedication to—a local, sustainable economy. Both in their personal choices as consumers, and in the ways they conduct their businesses, many Alliance members embody real-life examples of sustainability. Being a sustainable business does not More >
The green revolution continues at Santa Fe Community College. In recent years, the college has made aggressive moves toward carbon neutrality, environmental sustainability and educating the future workers of NM’s burgeoning renewable energy industry. This deep greening effort is a multifaceted and all-inclusive movement that ranges from heightened conservation programs for the college’s campus and workforce, to multi-million dollar green construction projects and the expansion of green education curricula and workforce training.
“SFCC is working to weave sustainability into the very fabric of the institution,” said SFCC President, Sheila Ortego. “The college serves some 14,500 students each year, More >