March 2014 - Local Food News
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March Ag Collaborative Meeting:  Crop Mob!

2013 South Valley Crop Mob. Dory and Eli at Chispas Farm.

North Valley Crop Mob

  • Date:  Wed, March 12, 2014
  • Time:  9am - 12pm. Potluck lunch after!
  • Location: Register for location details at DEADLINE to sign up is noon on Tuesday, 3/11.

Help on a farm while learning from a local farmer! In partnership with the Rio Grande Farmers Coalition and the UNM Sustainability Studies program, this hands-on Ag Collaborative meeting will leave you with an even greater appreciation for what goes into that local food you love so well. We will volunteer a little of our time and labor at a few local farms and then convene at one farm for a post-work potluck. 

We'll send location details when you register:  

As usual, this meeting is free and open to the public!

For more information:  Contact Ann Simon at (505) 724-3617, or Tiffany Terry at (505) 724-3619,

The Farm Bill & the National Young Farmers Coalition

It's been a long time coming, but the Farm Bill passed in February. The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) provided a breakdown of some of the benefits for new and young farmers. These benefits address a couple of major obstacles for new producers:  access to land and capital.

The Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) received a $5 million bump in funding for a total of $20 million. Aside from modifications to Farm Service Agency (FSA) loan opportunities, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Individual Development Accounts program was reauthorized. The USDA rolled multiple land conservation programs into an umbrella program:  Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Read more about the farm bill or check out the NYFC's latest newsletter.

Congratulations to "local food" advocate Sarah Wentzel Fisher on officially joining the National Young Farmers Coalition! Sarah is the new New Mexico Field Organizer for the NYFC and the coordinator of the Rio Grande Farmers Coalition. Interested in joining the New Mexico chapter of NYFC--the Rio Grande Farmers Coalition? Visit the website and learn how!

Local Food and Ag News

Business Workshops

Delicious New Mexico is offering a workshop series on food business finance management. Two workshops remain:  "Managing Cash Flow" on March 26th and "Financing Your Business" on April 23rd. Both will be at the South Valley Economic Development Center. Registration fees apply. See details at


Update on Downtown Growers' Market

The Downtown Growers’ Spring Market will run Saturdays, April 5-May 10, 9AM-1PM.  Growers and artisans are gathering in the space behind Java Joe’s & Firenze Pizzeria (906 Park Ave SW) with fresh greens, delectable delights, and unique creations!  The regular market season hours will resume Saturday, May 17th, 7am to noon.

Sign Up Now for Community Garden Space

The Rio Grande Community Farm has spaces available in its 2 acre community garden! Be a part of this dynamic group of around 100 individuals, schools and organizations growing together. Read more about how to get involved.

Check out the many
March "local food" events!

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