Local Food Festival

Local Food Festival

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2013 Local Food Festival & Field Day 

Returning to the Land:  Planting the Future 

Thanks for helping make the 2013 Local Food Festival a success!

When:  Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 11am-4pm

Where:  Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, 87105 

Celebrating Food from the Ground Up

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.

Enjoy a wide variety of activities including:

  • Workshops and lectures about gardening/farming, seed saving, New Mexico's farming history and culture, and more!
  • Music by local artists, youth performances + readings
  • Tastings and chef demos + pie contest brought to you by Edible Santa Fe
  • Cycling tours of the area (details TBA!) and a bike valet, courtesy of Bike ABQ and the NM Touring Society
  • Activities for kids including sack races, seed spitting contests, face painting and more!

2010 Food Festival


  • KNOWaste, "the Resource Recovery Rangers", will work to make the festival a zero waste event!
  • The Hubbell House Alliance also will provide guided tours of the house, the farm, and the demonstration gardens.
  • Beekeepers will talk about the importance of pollinators.
  • The Bosque Seed Collective, Rio Grande Farmers' Coalition and community partners will host a kick-off seed giveaway.
  • More exciting events to come! 

2013 Event Schedule

Go directly to:  Music, Poetry & Parade | Farm Resources & Seed Giveaway | Homesteading Workshops | Chef Demonstrations + Pie Contest | Film Screenings | Kids' Activities | Tours & More

 Music, Poetry & Parade

*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 

 Farm Resources & Seed Giveaway

11:00-4:00                                Seed Giveaway by Rio Grande Seed Collective

11:00-4:00                                Farm Resources—Meet local farmers, connect with peers, and buy produce!

Homesteading Workshops 

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 Demonstrations + Pie Contest

Chef Demos | Brought to you by Edible Santa Fe

11:30  Chef Jonathan Perno | La Merienda at Los Poblanos Inn

12:30  Chef Joseph Bower | Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

1:30    Chef César López | Yanni's Mediterranean Grill

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/.

 Film Screenings 

"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.



 Kids Activities

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

Leather crafting

Plant a Seed in a Newspot

Make Garden Art Bookmarks 


Sack Racing

Seed Spitting 


Petting Zoo


Face Painting* (11am -3pm)

Climbing Wall

 Tours & More

  • KNOWaste, "the Resource Recovery Rangers", will work to make the festival a zero waste event!
  • TOURS:  Tour the demonstration farm at 12pm & 2pm. Meet Farm Manager, Gabe, by the hoop house just northeast of the food trucks. Also, the Hubbell House Alliance will provide guided tours of the house at 1pm & 3pm with docents, Dr. Chris Musello and Mary Tyler.
  • Beekeepers will talk about the importance of pollinators.
  • There will be a seed giveaway brought to you by Bosque Seed Collective

 Bike Ride to the Local Food Festival:  "The South Valley Loop"

  • Date: Sunday, October 13 in conjunction with the Local Food Festival and Field Day
  • Long Ride 
    • Meeting Place: O'Reilly Auto Parts at 3613 Isleta SW, just south of Rio Bravo
    • Time: Be ready to leave at 9:30 am
    • Distance: About 10 miles of riding to the Gutierrez-Hubbell House. It is about 3 miles of riding on Isleta from the Hubbell House back to the meeting place.
    • Ride Leaders: Dianne Cress and Gerald Martinez of the New Mexico Touring Society
    • Ride Description: A level ride at a slow pace (about 10 MPH) in Albuquerque's South Valley on paved residential roads between Isleta and Coors.
    • Directions:

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.

  • Short Ride/Family Ride
    • Meeting Place: The Pick-Up Point at Pajarito Open Space at 6001 Beck Rd SE. 
      • (A longer organized ride will be by there to pick up any participants.)
    • Time: Be ready to leave by 10:15 am
    • Distance: This organized bicycle ride from Pajarito Open Space is about 3 miles to the Gutierrez-Hubbell House.
    • Ride Leaders: Dianne Cress and Gerald Martinez of the New Mexico Touring Society
    • Ride Description: A level ride at a slow pace (about 10 MPH) in Albuquerque's South Valley on paved residential roads between Isleta and Coors.
    • Directions:  See above, past the Pajarito Open Space pick up point.
  • Information:  Please e-mail Gerald Martinez of the South Valley Cyclists at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or the New Mexico Touring Society at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Also you can look at the Touring Society's web site www.nmts.org or the BikeABQ's web site www.bikeabq.org. 
  • On your own:  If you want to cycle to the Festival on your own, the Pajarito Open Space is convenient place to 'park and ride' with kids as there will be Bicycle Valet parking at the Festival. To do the very short ride on your own, just turn left onto Julie, the road at the stop sign on Beck south of the Open Space parking lot) to Hubbell Circle, turn right, then curve left to Hubbell. You will be on the south side of the Gutierrez-Hubble House. Come in the entrance on Isleta and see the Valet parking close by.


2013 Current Partners and Sponsors


Highlights from Previous Local Food Festivals

2012:  A Celebration of History, Culture, and Farming

2012 Local Food Festival Logo for web larger

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. 

Partners and sponsors:
  • Bernalillo County Open Space
  • Bookworks
  • Edible Santa Fe
  • Hubbell House Alliance
  • La Montañita Coop
  • Mid-Region Council of Governments
  • South Valley Economic Development Center and the Mixing Bowl
  • University of New Mexico Sustainability Studies Program
  • NMSU and Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service
  • Il Vicino
  • Bike ABQ
  • New Mexico Touring Society
  • Yasmeen Najmi, Poet
  • KNOWaste
  • The Old School
  • Flying Star
  • Whole Foods
  • Harry Touloumis and the Rio Grande Carriage Works
  • Growing Gardens Team
  • Bernalillo County Master Composters & Master Naturalists
  • Regina Romero
  • Enrique Lamadrid
  • Bob Kanegis, Tales and Trails Storytelling
  • Coronado Elementary School Garden Program
  • KUNM
  • John Garlish
  • Julie Luna
  • Jim Holbrook, Photographer
  • Plants of the Southwest
  • Más New Mexico
  • Senida Garcia, Film Jockey
  • Tai Harrison, Videographer
  • And all of our vendors and volunteers!

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