July 2014

Book Review: Farm and Foods: New Mexico’s Agricultural Legacy


by Susan Waterman



Farms and Foods: New Mexico’s Agricultural Legacy

by Timothy McKimmie

104 pages, 200-plus color photographs

Available at local bookstores and on Amazon

ISBN 978-0615844800

unityswpress@gmail.com, http://www.unityswpress.com



In his recently released book, Farms and Foods: New Mexico’s Agricultural Legacy, Tim McKimmie invites the reader to join him in a journey through New Mexico’s colorful agricultural history. More than 200 color photographs taken by the author are a heartfelt tribute to the rich landscapes of farming and food that shape this arid state. Retired from the College of Agriculture at New Mexico State University, the author shares his passion and wisdom, acquired over 30 years of More >

Newsbites – July 2014


Energy Projects Funding Available from USDA-Rural Development

United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development programs currently have a wide variety of funding opportunities available for energy projects in New Mexico. Terry Bruner, USDA-Rural Development state director, noted, “The programs encourage energy efficiency for businesses, farms and ranches and offer incentives for the production of biofuels.” The following programs are available:


  • Rural Energy for America. Provides funding to rural small businesses, farmers and ranchers to purchase and install energy-efficiency improvements and renewable-energy (RE) systems. Residences are not eligible. Energy-efficiency improvements can include a broad range of equipment types relevant to the business or agricultural producer. More >

Whats Going On? – Albuquerque – July 2014


July 2, 9, 16, 23, 3-5 pm

Farmers’ Market/Healthy Families Initiative

East San José Elementary School, 415 Thaxton Ave. SE

Fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, activities, health information. 505.304.8724, vneco@hotmail.com


July 2, 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: Michael DcDade of Focus Creative Agency. Free. 505.244.3700, Lindsay@nmgreenchamber.com


July 7, Aug. 4, 10 am

Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour

Xeric Garden Club of ABQ, 10120 Lomas Blvd. NE

Guided tour of garden that uses native plants to support indigenous wildlife and migratory birds. All ages welcome. Free. www.xericgardenclub.org


July 8. 10 am-12 More >

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


July 3, 7:30 pm

Family Lotus String Band

Sol Santa Fe, Hwy. 14

Legendary 8-piece NM band The Family Lotus (bluegrass/jazz/rock) with guests The Santa Fe Revue in a dance concert to support restoration of the historic Madrid ballpark. $15 advance/$20 at the door. Tickets: The Lensic, 505.988.1234, Ticketssantafe.org


July 10, 5 pm

International Folk Art Market Community Celebration

SF Railyard Park

Welcome the artists at the annual Artist Procession. Followed by a community concert. 505.992.7600, www.folkartmarket.org. Free.


July 10, 12

The Wastewater Gardener

7/10, 6 pm: Collected Works Bookstore; 7/12, 9 am-12 pm: SF Farmers’ Market

Dr. Mark Nelson, chairman of the Institute of Ecotechnics will discuss his new book More >

What’s Going On? – Española – July 2014


July 7-23

Adobe Workshops

El Portal, Santa Cruz, NM (near Española)

Fundamentals of adobe construction. Adobe-making, foundation, wall-building and mud-plastering techniques. Details: 505.410.0959, alej@cybermesa.com


July 11-13

Española Valley Fiesta Culture/Art Market

Española Plaza Park, Española, NM

Local artisans, craftspeople, talent, nonprofit organizations. 7/11: 3-9 pm; 7/12: 10 am-9 pm; 7/13: 11am-8 pm. 505.929.0380, jrvigil95@gmail.com, http://www.cityofespanola.org


July 12, 7 am-1 pm

Sostenga Garlic Festival

Sostenga Center Farm, NNMC, 1027 N. Railroad Ave., Española, NM 87532

A gathering in celebration of traditional agriculture and community. 7th annual festival will feature live music, food, fun, games and workshops. Sign up your garlic-picking team. Free. 505.747.2236, Updates@facebook.com/sostenga.atnorthern


July 13, 12-3 pm

Española Valley Fiesta Grande Parade

Española, NM

Parade More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – July 2014


July 11-13

Taos Pueblo PowWow

Social gathering and cultural celebration, dance competitions, crafts. Admission and photo permit fees. TaosPueblo.com, TaosPuebloPowWow.com


July 18-20

Fiestas de Taos

Taos Plaza

Centuries-old fiesta. A gathering of generations celebrating the cultural uniqueness of Taos. Delicious cuisine, traditional music and fellowship. Fiestasdetaos.com


July 25-26

Feast Days of Santiago and Santa Ana

Taos Pueblo

Culturally rich religious celebrations where patron saints are celebrated with traditional Corn Dances. Photography is not allowed. 575.758.1028, taospueblosocial1@gmail.com


August 2

Los Jardineros Garden & Home Tour

Taos, NM

See beautiful, unique and refreshing concepts for your home and garden. Emphasis on native plantings, xeriscaping and food production. $20 in advance; $25 day of tour. 575.751.0191, More >

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


July 6-10

2014 National Solar Conference

San Francisco, California

Hosted by the American Solar Energy Society, this conference will feature 47 papers and panels from 22 universities and a dozen design and architectural firms from around the world. http://solar2014.org, http://ases.org


July 10, 9 am

Fire on the Mountain”

Valles Caldera National Preserve, Banco Bonita Staging Area, near mile marker 30 along State Hwy. 4

Doug Cram, NMSU Extension wildland fire specialist, will conduct a tour of the caldera. He will address livestock issues, wildlife, vegetation and wildfire. 575.646.3221, ucomm@nmsu.edu


July 12, 10 am-12 noon

Home Composting Basics

Zuni Christian Mission School 19 Pia Mesa Rd., Zuni, NM

Learn the science, More >