January 2014

Prayer by Ted Trujillo



San Ysidro Labrador


A Mi Glorioso Padre Eterno, humildemente te doy gracias por la vida de tu servidor, San Ysidro Labrador, Patrón de los labradores. El cual que por los siglos nos ha mantenido, vuestro sembrado libre de langostas y temblores. Pidemos a tu servidor, San Ysidro Labrador, que por tu sudor y trabajo con que fuites fatigado, liberta vuestro sembrado del ladrón acostumbrado de no tener temor al Criador de esta Tierra. Liberta vuestro sembrado de la tempestad, de la sequía y del granizo que daña vuestro labor, le pedimos por el amor del Gran Señor. San Ysidro Labrador, Cortesano More >

Farmer-to-Farmer Training in Mora


Sayrah Namaste and Serafina Lombardi


Geniva “Peggy” Boney has been farming in the Mora Valley for 31 years. She now teaches beginning farmers her successful farm model through a farmer-to-farmer training program created with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) and La Asociación del Acequias del Valle de Mora. “I’ve never had the opportunity to train anyone besides my children, so this has been an adventure. It’s great to have trainees by my side that are as passionate about farming as I am,” she says.

Boney’s farm is well known in the area, and her farm More >

Yo Soy part IV


by David Martinez



I am Tlaloc, He who makes things sprout.

Carrier of water and words

to mythical lands of green and acequia.

I wear belts of clouds and fists of rattle thunder

walking on foam, like equinox aguas y retonio

I carry you on my back, brown como soquete

y sangre, en sacos de guangoche and

cleaned out Clorox jugs.

I submerge these palabritas de mata

en tierra y sudor

letting them come to fruition in this time and

space of chorritos and calloused markers.

Escribo en arboles que dan vida y fruta

to ancient children, that learn cosecha y regar.

I am you, before las venas del Español

came and harnessed you, your mind and More >

Newsbites – January 2014


NM Recycling Coalition Launches Food Waste Program

The New Mexico Recycling Coalition’s “Reducing Food Waste in NM: Feeding the Hungry, Building Our Soils and Diverting Waste with Food Management Best Practices” program will provide trainings, resources and market development support to implement food-waste reduction, donation and diversion programs. The campaign, which has received a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, launches this month, targeting food-handling operations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Río Rancho and Santa Fe.

Food waste is currently the single largest type of material entering our landfills, Americans throw away up to 40 percent of their food, while nearly 15 percent of More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – January 2014


Jan. 8, 9 am-12 pm

Agricultural Collaborative Meeting

Mid-Region Council of Governments, 809 Copper NW

Don Bustos, Sayrah Namaste and several farmers will facilitate a discussion on Farmer-to-Farmer Training and the network of food hubs the American Friends Service Committee-NM is developing in Doña Ana, Bernalillo, Mora and Río Arriba counties. https://afsc.org/story/afsc-new-mexico-creating-food-hubs-across-state


Jan. 8, 5:30-7:30 pm

Green Drinks

Hotel Andaluz, 125 2nd St. NW

Network and mingle with people interested in local business, clean energy and other green issues. Guest speaker: Lydia Ashanin, NM Health Connections. Free. 505.244.3700, Lindsay@nmgreenchamber.com, http://nmgreenchamber.com/events/


Jan. 11

Winter Bird and Bat Festival

Río Grande Nature Center State Park

Explore wildlife habitats and migration patterns, enjoy nature More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – January 2014


Through Jan. 5, 2014

New World Cuisine: Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Mas

Museum of International Folk Art

Exhibit focuses on the mixing of food cultures in the Americas. 505.476.1200, internationalfolkart.org


Through March 16, 2014

Cowboys Real and Imagined

NM History Museum

This exhibit explores NM’s contribution to the cowboys of both myth and reality from the 1600s to the present day.


Through April 1, 10 am-5 pm

Heartbeat – Music of the Southwest

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

A celebration of sight, sound and activity for visitors of all ages. Over 100 objects relating to Southwestern Native music and dance are featured. 505.476.1250, http://indianartsandculture.org/


Jan. 4-10, 6 pm

IAIA Writers Festival

Institute More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – January 2014


Jan 2-24

Ghost Ranch Workshops

Abiquú, NM

Indigenous Pottery & Southwest Culture; An Inner Journey: Still the Mind, Open the Heart; Outdoor Adventure; Photography in the Desert; Southwest Weaving & Culture; Sustainability Practices in Action: Agriculture and the Earth. 505.685.4333, ext. 4196, caler@ghostranch.org, www.GhostRanch.org


January 10 Submission Deadline

Aldo Leopold Writing Contest

Eligibility: Students grades 6-12 in public, private and home schools in NM. Describe what “wilderness” means to you and your community. $500 prizes (total of $2,000 will be awarded). Info: 505.898.6388, Rebecca.belletto@bosqueschool.org


Jan. 13-May 11

Adobe in Action Online Classes

An approved Continuing Education Systems provider through the American Institute of Architects. 1/13-3/9: Passive Solar Adobe More >