October 2016

Sacred Space / Pollinator Garden, River Restoration and Elm Tree Harvesting


Article and Photos by Sylvia Ernestina Vergara


Partnerships can enhance approaches to farming as a sacred space.


I would like to share my experience of land stewardship through a unique collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (Partners Program). This partnership enhanced my education and state of discovery. Through experiencing the day-to-day drama of agriculture and living close to and with nature, a new sense of stability and sustenance for my farm and habitat began to manifest.


Evolving Farm and Habitat through Innovative Land Management

I was having a serious problem with an overwhelming growth of More >

2016 North American Biodynamic Conference

Tierra Viva: Farming the Living Earth  •  Nov. 16-20 in Santa Fe


Hundreds of farmers, gardeners, educators, activists and earth stewards from across the continent and beyond will gather Nov. 16–20 at the Santa Fe Convention Center for the Biodynamic Association’s 2016 North American Biodynamic Conference. This year’s theme, Tierra Viva: Farming the Living Earth, is intended to illustrate how humanity can create healthy, living, vibrant landscapes and nourishing food. The conference is grounded both in the local culture of New Mexico and in the global culture of biodynamics.


Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food More >

SFCC’s Greenhouse Management Program


Four years ago, when the Greenhouse Management and Operations program was created at Santa Fe Community College, experiential learning was confined to a 26-foot diameter geodesic dome greenhouse. While this was sufficient to provide the initial annual cohort of 12 students with many “get your hands wet and dirty” experiences, the current fall 2016 cohort has expanded to 26 students, and SFCC is starting a second cohort in the spring of 2017. (Classes will run in the evenings.)


With this increased enrollment, significantly more teaching space is needed to expand production systems and provide quality learning experiences. To meet this need, More >

Newsbites – October 2016

20th Annual Gathering 4 Mother Earth

Oct. 15–16    Pojoaque Powwow Grounds

Tewa Women United (TWU), Traditional Native American Farmers Association, Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute, Red Willow Center and Farm, Northern New Mexico Acequia Association, Local Collaborative 18 and Honor Our Pueblo Existence (HOPE) have formed the Mother Earth Ecological Wellness Collaborative. The collaborative’s intention is to offer education and inspire awareness of issues regarding food and seed sovereignty, environmental violence, violence against women, girls and families, protection of sacred sites, protection of air, lands and waters, and to support sharing of culturally relevant knowledge within communities.


The Collaborative is organizing More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – October 2016


Oct. 7

Healthy Communities Forum

UNM Student Union Ballroom

Social Determinants and Local Economic Development. Daylong convening organized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), UNM Health Sciences Center and many other local and national partners. $75. ericgriegoabq@gmail.com, Info/Registration: www.healthycommunitiesforum.com


Oct. 8, 9:30 am, 1 pm

Science to Grow On: Our Surroundings

Explora, 1701 Mountain Rd. NW

Family-oriented science center. Explore Earth’s system of natural resources. Examine and filter water and create your own small ecosystem to take home. Preregistration required. $8/$5/$4. 505.225.8300


Oct. 8, 10:30 am–12:30 pm

ABQ Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Monthly meeting. Learn about climate change solutions More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – October 2016


Oct. 1–2

Artisan Materials Expo

Buffalo Thunder Resort

“Creative Ascension 2016.” Art materials, workshops, demos, International Encaustic Artists Retreat. 800.331.6375, ExpoRegistration@Artisan-SantaFe.com, http://expoartisan.com


Oct. 1–2

Harvest Festival

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, La Ciénega

$8/$6/12 & under free. 505.471.2261, www.golondrinas.org


Oct. 2, 3–5 pm

Water Systems Walk-Through

Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center, Cerrillos

Tour off-grid site with rain catchment and water harvesting earthworks for food growing and land restoration, greywater in the greenhouse and outdoors and different kinds of water heaters. $25 suggested donation. Amanda@ampersandproject.org, Amperandproject.org


Oct. 3, 6–8 pm

Food for Life: Diabetes Initiative

SF Community College

Award winning nutrition and cooking class series. 505.690.2603


Oct. 3, 5, 5–7:30 pm

Adopt an Arroyo Training

SF Watershed Assn. workshop. More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – October 2016


Nov. 19

Congreso de las Acequias

Sagebrush Inn

Annual meeting of the NM Acequia Association, a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect water and acequias, grow healthy food and honor cultural heritage. 505.995.9644, www.lasacequias.org


Third Weds. Monthly

Taos Entrepreneurial Network

Taos County Courthouse Mural Room, Taos Plaza

Networking, presentations and discussion. Free.


Holy Cross Hospital Health Support

HCH Community Wellness Center (lower entrance), 1397 Weimer Rd.

575.751.8909, mariam@taoshospital.com, TaosHealth.com



What’s Going On? – Here & There – October 2016


Oct. 1–2

El Rito Studio Tour

50 miles north of Santa Fe off Hwy. 84

30th annual. Traditional and contemporary media. Over 40 artisans, 17 stops. Food and entertainment. 575.581.4679, janbachman@mac.com, www.elritostudiotour.org


Oct. 7 Final Day to Order

Tree Seedling Sale

Seedlings available to people who own at least one acre of land in NM who agree to use the trees for conservation purposes. Distribution ends Oct. 14. NM State Forestry Div. 505.476.3353, www.nmforestry.com


Oct. 12, 8 am–10 am

NM Business Incentive Programs

Sandoval Economic Alliance, Río Rancho, NM

Nov. 9: Finding Talent for Your Business. $39. Presented in partnership with Dynamic Growth Business Resource Center. Info/registration: 505.238.3004, http://sandovaleconomicalliance.org/category/events/


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