October 2017

Nourishment in Every Form and in Every Season

The Succession of Local Sustaining Foods Across a Year’s Time

 

Alejandro López

 

I just finished eating a perfectly ripe apricot that my friend Levi gave me from a tree in his back yard. And what an experience that was! When I bit into it, its soft, translucent orange flesh released a torrent of concentrated flavors and nutrients. I had forgotten what a real apricot tastes like, as opposed to one of those humongous, not quite ripe, often disappointing apricots that come from afar in 10-pack, hard-plastic boxes, selling for at least three bucks at local stores.

 

Biting into that apricot also instantly provoked More >

Fertilizing the Future of Acequia Farmers

Los Sembradores Farmer Training Program

 

For many New Mexico farmers, working the land is a sacred duty and tradition. Farmers are needed to irrigate the lands. The land can nourish families, but in order for farmers to be able to make a living at it, they must have access to lands that can be cultivated. When fields are left fallow too long, the owners risk losing their water rights. With these things in mind, in 2017 the New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) took over administration of the Farmer Training Program, which had been initiated and run by the New Mexico American More >

Staying Power: FoodCorps New Mexico

 

Leiloni Begaye

 

Ya’at’eeh shik’éí dóó shidine’é. Shí éí Leiloni yinishyé. Mą’ii Deeshgiizhinii nishłį, Tó’aheedlíinii bashishchiin, Táchii’nii dashicheii, Tł’ááshchí’í dashinalí. Ákót’éego diné asdzáán nishłį.

 

 

Residing on Diné bíké’é (the Navajo Nation) in a rural town of 800 people, I did not grow up eating healthy on a daily basis. It never crossed my mind that my family had to travel over 100 miles to the nearest grocery store or how expensive fresh produce was and is to the present day.

 

However, I clearly remember shínalí asdzáá (my father’s mother), my siblings and I would walk down a path to her field and pick wild red More >

Albuquerque Public Schools

80 Gardens

 

Mallory García

 

Albuquerque Public Schools serves 84,000 students in 141 schools. The district’s schools—elementary to high school—currently have more than 80 gardens. When thinking about these large numbers, it is important to understand that these school communities foster a student body which is uniquely filled with culture and traditions. The same is true about the gardens, which offer opportunities for engaged learning and physical activity while serving to help students understand how healthy food is grown.

 

One way the students’ interaction with the food they eat is fueled through taste tests. Students are invited to try fruits and vegetables that are More >

The Most Important Word in “Community Gardening” is not ‘Gardening!’

 

Mark Winne

 

Community gardening and urban agriculture play important roles in promoting food security, healthy eating and a sustainable and equitable food system. For those reasons, I’m going to explore three myths that are part of the community gardening conversation.

 

Myth Number One: Community gardening nurtures human tranquility and oneness with nature. Myth Number Two: urban gardens and farms will feed a hungry world and create a slew of good-paying jobs. Myth Number Three: Gardeners and farmers exist in such a singular state of purity that they can float above the political fray and never engage with public policy.

 

Let’s dispense with More >

Growing a Resilient Regional Food System

 

Julie Sullivan

 

George, my husband and business partner, likes to start presentations with the question, “How many of you are involved in agriculture?” Unless he’s speaking at a soil health or farming conference, only one or two hands go up in the air. Then he asks, “How many of you eat?”

 

If you eat, you are involved in agriculture.

 

The locavore “Know Your Food” revolution grows strong and bouncy like a well-fed colt. Yet, for all the interest in real and regional food, most eaters still know little about the challenges farmers and ranchers face.

 

A resilient regional food system is all about More >

What Are Food Policy Councils?

Join In and Make a Difference

 

Pam Roy and Helen Henry

 

For most people the question of where their food comes from stops when they enter their local supermarket. There, on the carefully stocked shelves, are rows and rows of food and related items. Easy. But if you looked at all of the factors that influenced where that food comes from and the choices that were made in the process, you would find a more complex story.

 

The truth is, your local supermarket is the tip of the iceberg. We all know that somehow, somewhere, farmers are growing food, but most of us More >

Bread Winners and Bread Makers: Santa Fe Women and Food

 

Cydney Martin

 

With the celebration of World Food Day on Oct. 16, it seems appropriate to explore the subject of how food and economics are integrally entwined, particularly for women, who often find innovative ways of bringing these two things full circle. I caught up with two women, Melissa Willis and Ellen Zachos, to hear their thoughts on food, advocacy and making a difference.

 

Cydney Martin: World Food Day, which is a program of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, has set the goal of Zero Hunger by 2030. Would you share areas of your work that you consider to More >

Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (ICAN and SNAP Programs)

 

 Cydney Martin

 

The I CAN (Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition) Program, sponsored and funded by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education program, has three nutrition educators in Santa Fe County. The program provides free, hands‐on, needs‐based education in the areas of healthy food choices, food preparation, food safety, exercise and food resource management. The educators come to a classroom and provide practical, healthy, kid-friendly recipes for children to make at home with limited assistance. The program has been in Santa Fe County for over 30 years. They are More >

When an Apple a Day Is Not Enough

 

Juan López

 

We have all heard “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but what is this trying to convey, and is the message of value to the average person? In its essence, “an apple a day…” alludes to that, if an individual eats healthier, that person will be healthier. But what happens when that apple is not accessible, or if it is, how can it be prepared in a way that is healthy and flavorful to people who do not like apples?

 

The South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has long been a place where culture, tradition and food More >

Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Cookbook

 

 

Vibrant photos of northern New Mexico farms, farmers and the goods they produce and sell at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market complement more than 100 recipes collected from growers and market patrons in Douglas Merriam’s new Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Cookbook.

 

Organized by seasons, each step on the journey from farm to market is told in a series of essays by travel writer Lesley S. King. There are stories of seed-to-table, wholesome meals that cooks can recreate in their own kitchens wherever they live, using mostly farmers’ market ingredients. It is not strictly a regional cookbook.

 

Two hundred of Merriam’s photos More >

Newsbites – October 2017

 

New Mexico “Agtech” Accelerator to Host National Competition

Arrowhead Center is New Mexico State University’s entrepreneurial hub. AgSprint, Arrowhead Center’s agriculture technology-focused accelerator, graduated its first cohort of five “agtech” startups from around the country in August.

 

In November, AgSprint will host Future Agro Challenge’s first U.S. national competition, in Las Cruces. Ten startups in food retail, food production, food sustainability, nutrition and health and other areas will compete in pitch challenges and other tests. The best startup, chosen by venture capitalists from around the country, will move on to the international Future Agro Challenge competition in Istanbul, Turkey. The goal More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – October 2017

 

Oct. 7–8

ABQ American Indian Arts Festival

IPCC, 2401 12th NW

50 traditional and contemporary Native artists and dance groups. Admission $8.40/$6.40/$5.40/Children under 5 free. 505.843.7270, www.indianpueblo.org

 

Oct. 21, 9 am–4 pm

Solar Fiesta/Community Fair

Sawmill Community Land Trust

997 18th St. NW

Free family event. nmsolar.org/solar-fiesta-2017, See page 37.

 

Oct. 22, 8:30 am

Acequia Celebration/Fun Run

Sánchez Farms, 1180 Arenal SW

8:30 am: registration. 9:15 am: 5K/1K begins. Activities for kids, raffle. Honoring of acequia after fun run. Presented by Center for Social Sustainable Systems. $25/$15 suggested donation supports CESOSS Leadership Institute. 505.300.8357, info@cesoss.org, www.cesoss.org

 

Oct. 24, 10 am

Value-Added Producer Grant

USDS Rural Dev. State Office, 100 Sun Ave. NE

Workshop to learn about More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – October 2017

 

Oct. 3, 3–6 pm

Lean Startup Bootcamp

35˚ North Coffee, 60 E. San Francisco St.

Workshop for people interested in starting a business. Sponsored by Regional Development Corp. Facilitated by ABQid. Abqid.com

 

Oct. 5–8

Site SF Grand Re-Opening Events

1606 Paseo de Peralta

10/6: Opening. Tickets: $25 and up; Community Open House Days: 10/7, 10 am–6:30 pm and 10/8, 10:30 am–5 pm. Free. 505.989-1199, sitesf.org

 

Oct. 6, 6:30 pm

Guardians Gala

SF Farmers’ Market Pavilion

WildEarth Guardians benefit dinner. 505.988.9126, ext. 0, www.wildearthguardians.org

 

Oct. 7, 10 am–1 pm

Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center Tour

Demonstration site for sustainable practices, permaculture and associated technologies. 30 minutes from SF. Carpooling available. $39. amanda@ampersandproject.org, www.sfcc.edu/ce

 

Oct. 7, 5:30 pm

Golden More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – October 2017

 

Sept. 9, 2 pm

Oct. 7–8

34th Annual Taos Wool Festival

Spinning, dyeing, weaving demos and workshops. Exhibition of fine weavings and more. Taoswoolfestival.org

 

Oct. 12–14

Taos Storytelling Festival

18th annual. Local and visiting artists plus workshops culminating in a “story slam” at Taos Mesa Brewing. Taosstorytellingfestival.com

 

Oct. 19–21

Indigenous Foods Experience

Taos Pueblo and Taos

See page 11.

 

Through Oct. 27

Earth Bag Building Workshop

Learn to build a sustainable, affordable, off-grid solar home. 575.770.0085, earthandsunsustainablebuilders.com

 

Through Feb. 18, 2008

Corn: Sacred Giver of Life

Millicent Rogers Museum

1504 Millicent Rogers Rd.

Images of corn in Native American textiles, pottery, paintings, baskets and jewelry. 575.758.2462, www.millicentrogers.org

 

Third Tues. Monthly, 5:30–8 pm

Taos Entrepreneurial Network

KTAOS

Networking, presentations, discussion and professional More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – October 2017

 

Oct. 2–7

Churro Week

Northern NM

Workshops, field trips, films and lectures about the Navajo-Churro sheep. Hosted by Española Valley Fiber Arts Center, Española, NM. 505.747.3577, www.evfac.org

 

Oct. 7, 11, 14, 21, 5:30–8 pm

Elk-Viewing Tours

Valle Caldera National Preserve

NM State Rte. 4

Backcountry guided van tours. $38. 505.819.3263, www.losamigosdevallescaldera.org/events

 

Oct. 7–8, 11 am–3 pm

Wildlife Center Open House

19 Wheat St., Española, NM

Annual event of nonprofit working to conserve and restore wildlife and habitats. Live animal demos, displays, kids’ activities, tour of rehab hospital, silent auction, refreshments. $5 suggested donation per vehicle. 505.753.9505, dawn@newmexicowildlifecenter.org, www.newmexicowildlifecenter.org

 

Oct. 7–9

Abiquiú Studio Tour

Abuquiú, NM

24th annual. More than 50 artists. Abiquiustudiotour.org

 

Oct. 12–14

Historias de Nuevo México More >