Green Fire Times

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


Dec. 6, 8:30 am–4 pm

Innovative Farming Conference

Belen Business Center, 715 S. Main St., Belen, NM

Discover methods for improving your soil. RSVP: 505.864.8914,,


Dec. 2–10

Winter Festival of the Arts

Moving Arts Española

Student Performance Showcase. 12/2, 4–6 pm, 12/3, 2–4 pm: Level 1 performances; 12/8, 5–7 pm, 12/10, 2–4 pm: Level 2 performances. Tickets: $6. 505.577.6629,,


Dec. 9, 11 am–2 pm

Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale

Cochiti Lake Firehouse, 6514 Hootchaneetsa Blvd., Cochiti Lake

Local artists’ works in a variety of media. Bake sale. Children can create holiday crafts. Free.


Dec. 13, 8:30 am–4:30 pm

NM Sustainable Agriculture Conference

UNM-Valencia Campus, 280 La Entrada Rd.

Los Lunas, NM

Free conference, funded by Western SARE, designed to enable farmers, educators and stakeholders to learn more about prospective new and profitable crops for NM such as guayule, guar and papa criolla potatoes. Farm finance and marketing will also be discussed. Agenda/registration:


Jan. 3, 2018 Application Deadline

Los Sembradores Farmer Training

Northern NM

Learn how to be an organic acequia farmer, increase production, put your agricultural land and water rights to use. Includes business planning. Program dates: mid-Feb. to mid-Dec. Trainees must commit to 3 days/wk. Presented by the NM Acequia Association. 505.955.9644,


Jan. 6

Bald Eagle Count

Abiquíu Lake, NM

Join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the NM Wildlife Center to count eagles from monitoring stations. Data collected helps biologists monitor the health of the population. 505.685.4371


Feb. 9 Application Deadline

Aldo Leopold Writing Contest

NM students in grades 6–12 can win several $500 awards. Entries should tell the story of a local/regional land ethic leader, reflecting an understanding of Aldo Leopold’s land ethic but not limited to it. A sponsoring teacher must sign the entry form. Golden Apple Foundation of NM. 505.268.5337,


First Mondays each month, 3–5 pm

Sustainable Gallup Board

Octavia Fellin Library, Gallup, NM

The Sustainable Gallup Board welcomes community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and environmental issues. 505.722.0039.


Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10 am–4 pm

Pajarito Environmental Education Center

2600 Canyon Rd., Los Alamos, NM

Nature center and outdoor education programs. Exhibits of flora and fauna of the Pajarito Plateau; herbarium, live amphibians, butterfly and xeric gardens. 505.662.0460,


Basic Literacy Tutor Training

Española area

After training by the NM Coalition for Literacy, volunteer tutors are matched with an adult student. 505.747.6162,,


NM Bicycle Network Plan

Cyclists and others can share information on an interactive website as part of the state transportation department’s planning process for prioritizing routes that are safe and offer the most connectivity. The plan is to be completed by summer 2018.


Spirit of the Butterfly

923 E. Fairview Lane, Española, NM

Women’s support group organized by Tewa Women United. Info/RSVP: Beverly, 505.795.8117


Wildlife West Nature Park

87 N. Frontage Rd., Edgewood, NM

122-acre park just east of ABQ. Interactive trail focuses on rescued, non-releasable, native New Mexican wildlife and native plants.