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Agriculture Collaborative November Meeting

This month there will be no formal Agriculture Collaborative meeting. Instead the Agriculture Collaborative is supporting the many food and agriculture events occurring in and around the region in the month of November. Here are the main events:

November 13-14:  The 2015 Agri-Tourism Conference

2015 Agri-Tourism Conference
Friday, November 13-Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Hotel Elegante in Albuquerque. The conference is $150. Register at  

Here’s a glimpse at the program: (click here for more information)  


7:00 am – 8:30 am – Registration

General Session

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am        Welcome Jeff Witte
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am      Penny Leff: Successful Models of Agri-Tourism
  • 10:00 am – 10:15 am    BREAK
  • 10:15 am – 11:15 am    Anna Lyles: How to Build your Business Brand 
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm    Fred Porter: Agri-Tourism, The Four Responses to the Exposures within Liability
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm      LUNCH 
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm        Representative Ezell, Senator Cotter: Legislative Roundtable
  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Break-outs 
    • Track A
      • Farm Diversification: On Farm Family Fun
      • Value added products: Finding Your Niche
      • Getting the Schools to Your Farm
    • Track B
      • Cultural and Historical Agri-Tourism
      • Getting Your Foot in the Door with the Film Industry
      • Guest Ranching
    • Track C
      • The Farm as a Destination
      • Building Your Farm Business
      • Expanding Direct Marketing
    • Track D
      • Diversifying your Ranch operation
      • Incorporating guided hunts into your operation
      • Bed.Breakfast.Birds; Marketing to the outdoor enthusiast 
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30pm         Trade show and mixer with NM Wines and Microbrews (Break)


General Session

  • 7:45 am – 8:15 am         Check in
  • 8:15 am – 8:30 am         Welcome NMSU Jim Libbin 
  • 8:30 am – 9:15 am         Ag tourism Ahh-haa moments 
    • McCalls: Kirsten McCall
    • Hummerhouse: Dan Brown
    • Beaverhead Ranch: John Diamond 
  • 9:15 am – 10:00 am       NMDT: Rebecca Latham: “Marketing and Promoting Tourism”
  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am     BREAK
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm     Penny Leff “Targeting your Tourist”
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm       Lunch with Lowell Catlett “Give Em’ What They Want When They Want It!
Learn more

Other Key Events in November:

November 11-13:  Quivera Coalition Annual Mtg:
The Next Wave, Cultivating Abundance

Quivera Coalition Annual Meeting
Wednesday November 11-Friday November 13, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque. Rates vary. Register by November 3 at

Please note some special events at the meeting:

New Agriarian Career Connections event on Wednesday, November 11th from 5:30 to 6:45pm.
New Agrarian Career Connection is hosted by Quivira Coalition's New Agrarian Program and the Rio Grande Farmers Coalition twice a year. Prospective employers/mentors include (but are not limited to) private ranches and farms, conservation groups, food advocacy organizations, government agencies, land use service consultants (e.g. Holistic Management) and related private-sector businesses. Quivira's New Agrarian Program works with the Rio Grande Farmers Coalition to help ensure a strong showing of highly qualified, enthusiastic beginning farmers, ranchers and land advocates in search of mentorship and opportunity. 

Keynote Speaker Paul Hawkin will be speaking on Wednesday November 11th at 7pm.
As a staunch advocate for sustainable agriculture, the Quivira Conference is proud to announce Paul Hawken, as the featured speaker. Internationally renowned for his for New York Times Bestsellers, Paul Hawken's books have been published in over 50 countries and 28 languages. His talk will focus on Project Drawdown, which describes how one hundred solutions deployed at scale can alter the composition of our atmosphere and forge a path toward carbon decline. Tickets are $30. 

Bernalillo County Food SummitNovember 16:  Bernalillo County’s Food Summit.

Monday November 16, 2015, 7:30am-5pm at the Hotel Albuquerque. Registration is required and tickets are $10 per person. Includes breakfast and lunch. Learn more and register at

Lessons from the Big Easy

I recently returned from a meeting in New Orleans and came back inspired by the excitement and energy around entrepreneurship, including food entrepreneurs.   

Chef preparing pizzaOf course the city is marked by Hurricane Katrina in many ways. The pre-Katrina New Orleans had a lagging economy, high unemployment, high crime, and failing schools. Post Katrina, the city began to put itself back together by embracing entrepreneurship as a way to pull itself up. Entrepreneurs found needs in every sector, including the local food sector. Two examples of food-based businesses are Revolution Foods and Naked Pizza.  

Revolution Foods was founded by two moms wanting to address the nutrition value and affordability of healthier school meals.  While the two started by educating children about healthy eating in schools, the company has grown today to one of healthy food distribution for millions of children and families in Louisiana and around the country. These entrepreneurs found a way to address a critical need, while growing a sustainable business.  

The founders of Naked Pizza also sought to meet a need and fill a market niche, offering a healthier option to fast, highly processed delivered pizza with high-fructose corn syrup and other non-nutritious ingredients. This product, a pro-biotic, whole wheat pizza is made with locally sourced, natural ingredients and delivered to your door in under 30 mins. The company sought to support local farmers, employ local residents and provide a product that is delicious and good for you. It is now in countries throughout the world, including the United Arab Emirates and Ireland.    
We can learn from these entrepreneurs whose focus on food business makes economic and health sense. With the growing supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Albuquerque Metro region, ideas like these will be supported. And, the needs in our community include food storage, processing, packaging and delivery. Find support at the Agriculture Collaborative, or attend a 1 Million Cups session. What’s your food idea? 

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New Mexico LandLink - Find land, connect with a farmer + more!
Post your land or farming needs on the newly reformatted New Mexico LandLink site:


This month’s featured LandLink Listing:

***New Listing***
One acre parcel in Los Ranchos in the north valley available to start small and efficient urban farm production. 1,000 sq ft home, industrial sized garage, covered work spaces and irrigation well. We are interested in partnering with you to build the infrastructure; hoop house or green house, irrigation systems and all that would be required to grow your unique, niche business. 

Please contact Sarah Cobb at if interested.

View this and other LandLink listings at

Check out this month's calendar of "local food" events!


This is a community calendar. If you have an event please send us an email and let us know the details. We’ll put it on the calendar. Thanks!!

Local Food Calendar @

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