June 2015

The Ever-Changing, Always Enduring Nuevo Mexicano Familia Part 1


Alejandro López


At a recent family gathering, I was once again struck by the grand scale of the typical northern Nuevo Mexicano familia, whose homeland this semiarid upland has been for over 400 years. Within its endlessly unfolding and expanding pleats, it is not uncommon for 10 or 12 siblings to gather in occasional celebrations with an equal number of cousins on both their mother’s and father’s sides. If they are adults, add to this the spouses of each, their combined children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and you are looking at some pretty hefty numbers to greet and feed. Fortunately for this culture, which More >

Elvis Romero and the Cosmic White Corvette: Vignette 2–Hunting La Llorona


Andrew Lovato


Dark lady of tears

Weave the spell that stirs my soul

But wander not too near


During the glorious months of summer, the kids in Elvis’s neighborhood played hide and seek, tag and invented elaborate games. One game that they never tired of consisted of boys chasing girls and holding them captive inside a jungle gym at the local city park. The girls pretended to be horses, and the boys played the role of cowboys, with the most successful hombre being the one who possessed the largest harem of stomping and snorting ponies.

After the sun went down, the favorite pastime was telling More >

The Southwest Santa Fe River Corridor: The 20th Century (Part 2)


Hilario E. Romero


On the official Topographical Map of Santa Fe County, in 1904, the same year that the Court of Private Land Claims concluded its adjudications, the Rancho El Pino in Agua Fría was no longer shown. The area’s boundaries are not shown. The 1919 Hydrographic Map of Santa Fe shows acequias, including the Acequia de los Pinos, the San Antonio, Las Ojitos and Las Joyas. Families of original land grantees still live in Santa Fe, and many of them still live in the Southwest Santa Fe River Corridor. Since Agua Fría Village was contiguous with the southwest boundary at More >

Agua Fría: History of a Traditional Community

William Henry Mee


On the occasion of the 375th anniversary of Agua Fría Village, it is worth reflecting on our area’s history and importance to the capital city of Santa Fe. We are investigating claims of Francisco de Madrid, who settled the Madrid, New Mexico, area in 1603 and may have settled in the Agua Fría area around the same time, prior to the establishment of La Villa Real de Santa Fe, circa 1604-1610.


Agua Fría has always been considered an obscure place of settlement, living in the shadow of Santa Fe. However, without this tiny community, Santa Fe may not have More >



Susan Guyette


Seeds are one of nature’s amazing gifts. Not only do seeds start plant life and sustain life, they also nurture our bodies in optimal ways. Eating seeds is a time-honored tradition in the Southwest. This article contains three nutritionally rich seed recipes—easy to prepare, make ahead of time and carry with you.


Nutritional Benefits


As Mother Earth’s plant starter, seeds contain all of the amino acids necessary to form a complete protein plus essential vitamins and minerals to nurture human life. Why are vitamins and minerals important? They are used for the 600-plus hormones created by the endocrine system—adrenals, thyroid, pancreas, More >

FOOD JUSTICE: An Initiative of the Santa Fe Art Institute


Tucked into the corner of the sprawling Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus stands an impressive building designed by noted architect Ricardo Legorreta. It is home to a small nonprofit that is a hotbed of creative activity: the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI). Here, under the directorship of Sanjit Sethi, a committed team of artists, educators and cultural workers addresses critical issues—local and global—explores diverse artistic practices and brings together dynamic thinkers to uncover ways in which creativity can drive social change. SFAI recently recrafted its well-known multidisciplinary artists’ residency program to take on alternating programmatic themes. These More >

Leading the Charge toward Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technologies: The Example of Julie and Bob Dunsmore


Alejandro López


It is not often that one comes across a couple as committed to radical social, economic and technological change as Vallecitos, New Mexico-based Julie and Bob Dunsmore. Although they are pushing 70, it is apparent by the challenging alternative-energy projects they direct and freely share, that they are still very much in the prime of their lives and in the midst of realizing their dreams.


Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish in addition to their native English, the couple has spent the better part of their lives working in 20 countries, mainly in the developing world, where they have shared More >

OP-Ed: Get Coal Power Out of Your Home –> Go Solar Now!


Craig O’Hare


Are you tired of dirty, coal-fired electricity and radioactive nuclear power coming into your living room every day? Then, go solar now! If you’re a PNM customer, about 90 percent of your electricity is coming from coal, nuclear and natural-gas power plants hundreds of miles away. Why not have most of your electricity come via the clean, renewable sun from panels a few feet above your head on your roof?

Getting off of fossil fuels has always been “the right thing to do” with respect to the environment, public health and preventing further global climate disruption. In the past, however, More >

Op-Ed: Dear Santa Fe Neighbors


Tony Quilico and Mike Connolly


Where there is a problem, there is an opportunity. Drought is the problem, has been for years and is not going away. With the water table dropping, we cannot afford to waste this vital resource, but we are doing just that by using coal- and nuclear-powered plants to produce electricity.


Not only do these plants waste water, they pose other problems for the environment, the economy and human life. Nuclear plants are sitting time bombs; their waste is costly to store and, even in storage, it is dangerous. Coal is inefficient as a fuel and pollutes the More >

Designing Sustainable Neighborhoods Workshop – June 20


Brian Skeele


Wouldn’t it be great if we could live in a more affordable Santa Fe—a Santa Fe that had a simpler, walkable lifestyle that didn’t usually require a car? What if there were a neighborhood of folks who wanted to cooperate, have fun and a lively, creative lifestyle that has low ecological impact?


Maybe you love Santa Fe but are tired of commuting because you live out of town. Maybe you’re tired of living alone and would enjoy being part of a friendly community with adequate privacy. Maybe you are hard-working parents and want a great place to raise your children—that More >

LORE OF THE LAND: Filtering Perception


Jack Loeffler


There are many hindrances to perceiving reality: politics, belief systems, mores, sensory apparatus, language and religion, to name but a few of the more obvious. So the question is, how to allow one’s consciousness to go feral without having to run naked into the wilderness to thus perish imminently from starvation, overexposure and polluted water? Even the feral human consciousness of distant yore was shaped by visions and nightmares featuring monsters and deified anthropomorphs that range through the psyche to perhaps take form as rock art hidden in caves or rendered on canyon walls. It would seem that, by More >

Coalition Building Supports Environmental Protection


Michael Coca


 The Río de Las Gallinas Watershed is located on the eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, northwest of Las Vegas, New Mexico, on land settled by Pueblo, Comanche, Apache and Ute tribes. In the early 1880s, Spanish as well as Mexican land grant recipients settled in the area, along with tribal members from Zacatecas, México. Intermarriage resulted in a largely mestizo culture. After the Mexican–American War and United States government invasion in 1848, the area became a territory of the U.S. until statehood in 1912.

More than 13 diversion dams were constructed along the river to provide irrigable More >

Newsbites – June 2015


Food Entrepreneur Grants Available

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $30 million in Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) funding available to farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs. The grants can be used to develop new product lines from raw agricultural products or additional uses for already developed product lines.


Special priority for VAPG funding is given to several categories of applicants: military veterans, socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers and ranchers; operators of small- and medium-sized family farms and ranches; farmer and rancher cooperatives; and applicants that propose mid-tier value-chain projects.


During the 2013-2014 funding cycle, nearly half of VAPG awards went to farmers More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – June 2015


June 3, 5:30-7 pm

Green Drinks

Hotel Andaluz, 125 Second St. NW

Network with people interested in doing business locally, clean energy alternatives and creating sustainable opportunities in our communities. Meet & greet with Steve Bauman, CEO, award-winning designer of healthy buildings and energy systems. Presented the first Wednesday of each month by the ABQ and Río Rancho Green Chamber. info@nmgreenchamber.com, www.greendrinks.org


June 5, 5:30 pm Opening

ID Stories Multimedia Exhibit

Sundowner Community Room, 6101 Central Ave. NE

Scholars will introduce the exhibit, host a Q&A and facilitate community dialogue in which participating residents will share stories. Exhibit connects people to the natural and cultural history of More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – June 2015


June 2, 7 am-1 pm

Tuesday Farmers’ Market Kickoff

1607 Paseo de Peralta

Fresh cooking demo with Roland from Joe’s Dining. Music. www.santafefarmersmarket.com


June 4, 6 pm

People vs. Monsanto

Downtown SF Public Library Community Room

Discussion about consumer anti-trust action challenging the possible merger of Monsanto and Syngenta. 505.467.8288, jfw@jfwlaw.net


June 5, 5-8 pm

New Deal Public Art Benefit

Scottish Rite Center

Live/silent auction featuring over 100 shovels and trowels painted by local artists. Benefits Preservation Association’s work conserving New Deal public art around NM. 505.690-5845, newdeal@cybermesa.com, www.newdeallegacy.org


June 6, 9 am-3 pm

Trail Restoration Work

Windsor Trail, SF National Forest

Volunteers will gather at Norski Trailhead below the ski area. Wear long sleeves, More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – June 2015


June 13, 10:30 am

Taos River and Land Cleanup

St. James Episcopal Church Parking Lot, 208 Cam. de la Santiago

9th annual. Free lunch and snacks for volunteers. Bring water, sunscreen, work gloves, hat. 575.758.3874, juliapyatt@gmail.com, amigosbravos.org


June 25, 8 am-6 pm

Raffle for the Río

KTAOS Solar Radio 101.9 or www.ktao.com

Amigos Bravos annual fundraiser in support of helping communities throughout NM with emerging water issues in their rivers, streams, groundwater systems and watersheds. Prizes include 7-day trip to Machu Pichu, Peru, $3,000 cash or an acre of land. Info/tickets ($25 ea. or 5 for $100): 575.758.3874, www.amigosbravos.org


August 1, 9 am-4 pm

Taos Home & Garden Tour

Four venues More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – June 2015


June 3, 9:30 am

Green Hour Hikes

Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Los Alamos, NM

Meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Free. www.losalamosnature.org


June 3-19

Hummingbird Living School Programs

Mora, NM

500-acre ranch with fields, gardens, healing center, meeting areas. June 3-7: Living Co-Creation; June 10-14: Coming Home Together; June 17-19: Writing Retreat/Workshop. http://hummingbirdlivingschool.org


June 5-7

Pagosa Folk & Bluegrass Festival

Reservoir Hill, Pagosa Springs, CO.

10th annual all-ages festival featuring nationally touring folk, bluegrass, Celtic and Americana musicians. Headliners are Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan, Solas and Red Molly. Workshops, on-site camping, vendors and kids’ activities. Festival site is walking distance to hot springs. 877.472.4672, www.folkwest.com


June 7, More >