The Ag Collaborative meetings are an opportunity for anyone interested in local food or agriculture to learn something new, share ideas and network. We host free monthly meetings. (Meetings typically the second Wed. of each month at 9am, but are subject to change.) Sign up to receive the latest meeting details in our monthly e-newsletter. Learn more >>
The annual Local Food Festival and Field Day is an annual event highlighting local food and agriculture in our region presented by Bernalillo County Open Space, in cooperation with the MRCOG Agriculture Collaborative and other community organizations. Learn more >>
The Central New Mexico LandLink Initiative connects entrepreneurial farmers and ranchers looking for land and farming opportunity- to agricultural landowners, and farm and ranch internship and mentorship possibilities. Find land and more >>
The Local Food Blog allows you to stay informed on all facets of local agriculture and food news through articles on a variety of exciting topics. From home-based food preservation to national policy issues, we cover a broad range of food and agriculture topics. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed of Local Food Blog or receive the Local Food Blog by Email. See the Local Food Blog >>
Local Food Connections is our monthly e-newsletter with the freshest updates on local and regional foods and agriculture news, important national news, events and more. If you would like get Local Food Connetions by email, please sign up for our e-newsletter and monthly meeting reminder.
The Local Foods Maps help you find local foods at markets, retailers, and restaurants; events and activities in our region such as festivals and u-pick farms; and resources for growing your own food at home or in the community. View the three maps: Eat and Buy Local Foods, Agri-tourism and Events, and Grow It Yourself.
Check out our Local Food Events Calendar for a wide array of entertaining and educational events in the central New Mexico region. We post just about any event featuring local food, agriculture or culturally relevant activities such as food festivals, cooking classes, harvest events, workshops, trainings, wine tastings, and much more.
A variety of wonderful locally grown items can be purchased at area farmers' and growers' markets. Our list reflects Albuquerque area and regional Tribal markets. For a comprehensive and up-to-date list of markets around the state, please visit the New Mexico Farmers' Markets website.
Whether you are a new or experienced local food consumer or producer, our Local Food Glossary will help you stay up to date with your local food lingo.
The primary agricultural products produced in the region are cattle, forage, and dairy. However, with the rise of consumer interest in local foods, a spotlight has been given to producers of local fruits, vegetables, and meats. Unfortunately, demand exceeds the available supply. Some of the challenges to growing local produce are: diminishing farm lands, an uncertain future water supply, fewer full-time farmers, and soaring land values.
However, by nurturing the demand; supporting farmers' and growers' markets; finding larger markets for local products, such as schools, restaurants, and as ingredients in local foods; we open new doors, support new sustainable businesses, and keep our agricultural tradition intact.
New Mexico's agricultural traditions, which date back over 3,000 years, are still prevalent today in both urban and rural communities. Like many arid landscapes, the availability of water has played a major role in the development of human settlements and agriculture throughout New Mexico. This can be seen in the traditional acequia irrigation systems found in most communities across the state, many of which are still in use today.
New Mexico's mid-region, made up of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia Counties, is the most populous and developed area in the state and is home to a variety of urban centers including Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. While the mid-region becomes increasingly urbanized, many continue to value the traditional agricultural economy and landscapes, made up of small and medium-sized farms.