The Local Food Festival and Field Day is an annual event highlighting local food and agriculture in our region. The festival is organized by the MRCOG Agriculture Collaborative in partnership with Bernalillo County Open Space and a variety of local groups and organizations.
The continued success of this event reflects the ever-increasing demand for local agriculture, locally produced foods and gardening related activities. Many festival attendees have stated that they are now more willing to seek out New Mexico food products and to shop at area farmers' markets. Others have indicated a new interest in growing more food and including more fresh and local foods as a part of their regular diet.
Connecting the public with local growers, producers, and businesses is crucial in sustaining local agriculture. The Local Food Festival and Field Day is one step in helping to make those connections.
*Throughout Day/Field Music by traveling band, Umbers Cucumbers*
11:00 – 12:00 Music by Cactus Tractor
12-12:20 Spoken Word with Beva Sanchez Padilla & Andrea Serrano
12:20-1:20 Cactus Tractor
1:20-1:40 Youth Showcase Parade—Celebrate Our School Gardeners & Young Local Food Enthusiasts! Accompanied by Umbers Cucumbers
1:40-2:40 Music by Mala Maña
2:40-3pm Project Feed the Hood Youth Hip-Hop Performance
3:00-4:00 Music by Mala Maña
11:00-4:00 Seed Giveaway by Rio Grande Seed Collective
11:30-12:15 How to Become a Master Gardener, Master Composter & More!, John Garlisch of Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service
12:15-12:30 Seed Saving, Sean Ludden of the Bosque Seed Collective
12:30-1:15 Home Hot Bath Canning, Kim Pophal of the Old School
1:15-1:30 Farm Resources & Rio Grande Farmers' Coalition, Sarah Wentzel-Fisher of Rio Grande Farmers' Coalition
1:30-2:15 How to Ferment Anything, Sophia Rose of La Abeja Herbs
2:15-2:30 Backyard Farming & More BernCo Open Space Programs, Colleen Langan-McRoberts of Bernalillo County Open Space
2:30-3:15 Easy Nut/Seed/Soy Milk + Tofu, Leila Salim of the Old School
3:15-3:30 Connecting Farmers with Land and More: LandLink, Tiffany Terry of the Mid-Region Council of Governments' Ag Collaborative
Chef Demos | Brought to you by Edible Santa Fe
11:30 Chef Jonathan Perno | La Merienda at Los Poblanos Inn
Pie Contest | Brought to you by Edible Santa Fe
2:30 Youth (6-18) Pie Contest Judging & Sampling
3:00 Adults (19+) Pie Contest Judging & Sampling
Enter now through 5pm Friday, October 11th! Contest Details at www.ediblesantafe.com/pie/.
"The Greenhorns" | Film by the Greenhorns | 50 mins - This film "...explores the lives of America’s young farming community – its spirit, practices, and needs." It highlights the stories of young U.S. farmers to inspire others and help encourage and cultivate the next generation of farmers.
2:45 (Final screening of the day.)
"Nuestras Acequias" | Film by Rivers & Birds | 20 mins - This documentary film is about New Mexico's historic and cultural tradition of communal irrigation.
"Networking Vegetables" | A TEDxABQ Film Featuring Presenter Henry Rael | 8 mins - Henry Rael talks about networking and coordinating across small local farms, as well as eaters, to "create a self-sustaining, viable local food system".
"2013 Local Food & Farms Day" | An Edible Santa Fe Film by Walt Cameron from the 2013 Legislature | 3 mins - New Mexico Local Food Supporters made a trip to the Capitol in January to support our local growers and value-added producers.
2013 Youth Showcase
Youth participants will be honored with a *ribbon! (*while supplies last)
12-4pm Poster Exhibit--From 11am to 12pm, bring your "Planting the Future" artwork to the Kids' Area to be displayed during the festival.
12-4pm Vegetables & Fruits Exhibit--Bring your vegetables and fruits to the Kids' Area for display between 11am and 12pm for exhibit during the festival.
12-4pm Cut Flowers Exhibit--Bring your cut flowers to the Kids' Area for display between 11am and 12pm for exhibit during the festival.
Story Time with Local Authors | Brought to you by Bookworks
12-12:30 Ana Baca, Author of Tia's Tamales
2:30-3:00 Deborahlise Mota, Author of Don't Bug the Bugs
Music Time | Brought to you by the amazing traveling band, Umbers Cucumbers!
12:30-1 Umbers Cucumers Music Time
1-1:20 Traveling Music with Umbers Cucumbers (making your way to the Entertainment Tent for the Youth Showcase Parade!)
1:40 Youth Showcase Parade at the Entertainment Tent
Kids' Workshops (On-going, 11am-4pm) | Brought to you by 4-H & NMSU: Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service
Plant a Seed in a Newspot
Make Garden Art Bookmarks
Face Painting* (11am -3pm)
Head south on Isleta to Lakeview. Turn right.
West on on Lakeview to Valley Gardens (almost to Coors). Turn left.
South on Valley Gardens. Cross Gun Club to Metzgar. Turn left.
East on Metzgar to Isleta. Turn right.
South on Isleta for a short distance to Muñiz. Turn right.
West on Muñiz to Durane/Evans. Turn left.
South on Evans to Torres, do a sharp right right.
Stay on Torres as it curves left and intersects Mayflower. Turn right.
West on Mayflower as it curves. Turn left on Henry.
From Henry continue to the intersection with Warren Lane. Turn left.
South on Warren Lane to Don Felipe. Turn right.
West on Don Felipe to the mini-traffic circle at Beck. Curve left.
South on Beck to the Pajarito Open Space parking lot 6001 Beck SW. ETA 10:15. Stop to check for additional riders at Parjarito Open SpaceContinue on Beck to Pajarito. Turn right.
West on Pajarito to Wood. Turn right.
Turn right again onto Greer Loop.
Follow Greer Loop to Coors. Turn right.
North on Coors for a short distance back to Don Felipe. Turn right.
East on Don FelipeStop at 2232 Don Felipe (has old farming equipment in the front yard) and look carefully along the west fenceline!Just before reaching Isleta, turn right on Hubbell Circle.
Follow Hubbell Circle until it intersects Isleta on the south side of the Gutierrez-Hubbell House, the site of the Local Food Festival and Field Day.
Park your bike at Valet parking while you enjoy the Festival. We may be a little early as your ride leaders are the parking crew. It opens at 11am.You are on your own to get back to the meeting place. It is about a three mile ride north on Isleta to O'Reilly's.
Highlights from Previous Local Food Festivals
The 2012 Local Food Festival and Field Day was a success with approximately 6,000 in attendance. A special thanks to everyone who made this event possible! See photos from the 2012 event.