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Past Meeting Topics

Past monthly meeting topics for the Agriculture Collaborative can be viewed below. Follow the links to view past meeting announcements or meeting summaries.

2015 Ag Collaborative Meetings:
  • Farmer-to-Farmer 2015 Production Planning for ABQ Restaurants (January 2015). 30 producers and supporting organizations gathered to make strategic plans for increased local food production and restaurant sales in 2015.
  • Career Connection & LandLink  (February 2015). Aspiring farmers and ranchers met with experienced agricultural producers to connect across ag opportunities like apprenticeships, farm jobs and land. It was a great time and a fun way to wrap up the first day of the 2015 NM Organic Farming Conference!
  • Vegetable Farming Workshop for Producers! by NMSU Bernalillo & Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service(March 2015). Extension Agents John Garlisch & Newt McCarty presented the "soup to nuts" workshop for producer success in 2015. Topics included soil health, integrated pest management, marketing, certified organic program, cover cropping, hoophouse production and management, and healthy business practices.
  • Traceability: On the Farm; In the Kitchen, what you need to know (April 2015). We held an interactive working session on traceability and what that means for your food/farm business. Speakers presented on good business practices, record keeping, and the realities of selling food in today’s competitive climate.
  • Start-up Foodie! Stories, Opportunities, and Resources (May 2015). We explored the dynamic entrepreneurial spirit within our local food system. Speakers discussed start-up food businesses, food trucks, farming networks, accessing retail, institutional and farmers markets.
  • The Ag Collaborative Joins Forces with the MRCOG Water Resources Board (June 2015).  This first of its kind joint meeting allowed the formal Water Board to hear from our more informal Agriculture Collaborative on issues affecting irrigation, preferable weed reduction practices, and the state of water for the 2015 growing season.
  • No Ag Meeting in July 2015
  • Los Lunas Field Day (August 2015).  As part of its partnership with the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, the Ag Collaborative went on a field trip to the Agriculture Science Center at Los Lunas for the annual Los Lunas Field Day. 
  • New Mexico Food and Farming Planning September 2015),  This two-part meeting looked first at a state-wide planning process developed by students looking at a resilient, sustainable food system, and then at an implementation strategy for a very real program, the NM Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for School Meals.  Discussion focused on food access, sustainable methods, markets—especially schools, and the need for strong farmer training programs.
  • Urban Projects that support collaboration in NM’s local food industry (October 2015).  Partner Delicious New Mexico led a very dynamic discussion with Downtown MainStreet head Lola Bird and Range Café and Standard Diner Restauranteur Matt DiGregori.
  • Agritourism, Quivera, and Local Food Summits (November 2015).  While the Ag Collaborative held no formal meeting in November, it promoted and encouraged collaborative members to meet up at these local and state-side food and agriculture events.
  • Bernalillo County Plans for Agriculture and Farmer Training on Open Space (December 2015). At this meeting, Bernalillo County unveiled a plan to develop a training program on public open space land.  The County sought feedback and input from stakeholders in the local food and agriculture community, and asked the Agriculture Collaborative to facilitate a session to get that feedback.  

 

 

  • Start-up Foodie! Stories, Opportunities, and Resources (May 2015). We explored the dynamic entrepreneurial spirit within our local food system. Speakers discussed start-up food businesses, food trucks, farming networks, accessing retail, institutional and farmers markets.
  • Traceability: On the Farm; In the Kitchen, what you need to know (April 2015). We held an interactive working session on traceability and what that means for your food/farm business. Speakers presented on good business practices, record keeping, and the realities of selling food in today’s competitive climate.
  • Vegetable Farming Workshop for Producers! by NMSU Bernalillo & Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service (March 2015). Extension Agents John Garlisch & Newt McCarty presented the "soup to nuts" workshop for producer success in 2015. Topics included soil health, integrated pest management, marketing, certified organic program, cover cropping, hoophouse production and management, and healthy business practices.
  • Career Connection & LandLink  (February 2015). Aspiring farmers and ranchers met with experienced agricultural producers to connect across ag opportunities like apprenticeships, farm jobs and land. It was a great time and a fun way to wrap up the first day of the 2015 NM Organic Farming Conference!
  • Farmer-to-Farmer 2015 Production Planning for ABQ Restaurants (January 2015). 30 producers and supporting organizations gathered to make strategic plans for increased local food production and restaurant sales in 2015.
  • Farmer/Chef Production Planning Breakfast (December 2014). Over 40 producers, chefs and local food advocates shared insights on how to increase locally sourced food in Albuquerque restaurants during this working breakfast. If you missed this one, join us on Monday, Jan 14th for the follow up:  the farmer-to-farmer production planning workshop! Visit ediblesantafe.com/fieldtofork for more details and to RSVP.
  • EQIP Workshop for Growers (November 2014). Pearl Armijo & Sandra Martinez joined us to share insights into the NRCS progam application process for programs including EQIP. Producers, planners and advocates asked great questions and were connected with information to make NRCS application competitive. Download the NRCS questionnaire and the NRCS presentation. Connect with Sandra Martinez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline to submit NRCS EQIP applications is January 16, 2015.
  • Cooperatives in the Local Food Economy & BernCo's Food Forward (September 2014). At this special two part meeting, growers, co-op specialists, policy makers and more gathered to discuss how cooperatives can and do work in our local food system and economy. Then we stayed for a delicious lunch from Street Food Institute and discussed Bernalillo County project, "Food Forward" with community partners.
  • Agritourism in New Mexico (August 2014). Wagner Farms, Organic Balsamic Vinegar of Monticello, UNM Anderson School of Management, NM Department of Agriculture & NM Economic Development Department speakers shared their insights on agritourism. NMDA Marketing and Edible Santa Fe the magazine are interested in carrying on the conversation. Connect with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more. Download the Agritourism Resources handout.
  • School Gardens Update with FoodCorps & APS Growing Gardens Team (July 2014). Natalie Donnelly of FoodCorps, in partnership with APS Growing Gardens Team and East San Jose Elementary School, shared the latest progress among school gardens in the greater Albuquerque area, including a DRAFT preview of the new 3rd grade curriculum! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join the Team and the conversation!
  • Farm to Restaurant Prep Workshop (June 2014). Producers gathered to discuss how they will prepare to participate in the Albuquerque Moveable Feast during the month of August and continue developing their farm to restaurant relationships. Download the Producers Guide to Selling to Restaurants handout.
  • Farm Bill 101 with Congresswoman Lujan-Grisham. (May 2014). In partnership with the New Mexico Food & Ag Policy Council, the Ag Collaborative hosted Congresswoman Lujan-Grisham and others in an overview of the new Farm Bill and its implications for New Mexico.
  • New Mexico Food & Ag Policy Council Meeting. (April 2014). In place of an April Ag Collaborative meeting, we encouraged members to attend the New Food & Ag Policy Council Meeting.
  • North Valley Crop Mob. (March 2014). In collaboration with Rio Grande Farmers Coalition and UNM Sustainability Studies, Ag Collaborative members worked on three different North Valley farms in the second ever Ag Collaborative Crop Mob to connect growers with the community and provide a little on-farm help. We enjoyed a potluck feast after at Rio Grande Community Farm!
  • Public Health & the Local Food Economy. (February 2014). Anzia Bennett of La Cosecha Community Supported Agriculture Project moderated a panel of local public health professionals to discuss the opportunities for local producers to help address food insecurity in New Mexico. 
  • How Local Food Gets Around--Opportunities in Distribution. (January 2014). Sayrah Namaste, Patrick Jaramillo and Don Bustos of the American Friends Service Committee New Mexico (AFSC NM) told us about the emerging network of farmer-initiated food hubs, incubated by the AFSC NM. Then Vicki Pozzebon of Delicious NM moderated a discussion with private distributors from Ben E. Keith, Shamrock and La Montanita's CDC about how to get local food onto their trucks. See the AFSC NM presentation.
  • Home (Brewed) for the Holidays. (December 2013). Chris Goblet, Beer Ambassador for the New Mexico Brewers Guild, hosted this year's "beer meeting" with the welcome addition of a stop at Skarsgard Farms to sample their soon-to-be distributed hard cider! Jeff Erway of La Cumbre discussed market opportunities in malt production for interested NM growers, and David Facey of Il Vicino gave us a play by play of the brewing process with tastings of their gold medal winning coffee stout. Mike Zercher, owner of the new Santa Fe Hard Cider, is encouraging NM growers to produce cider apples, too. It is exciting to learn about the new and growing markets for local food!
  • The State of Local Food. (November 2013). Eric Griego (Bernalillo County) and Dr. Michael Patrick (NMSU) shared findings from recent research they conducted with local food stakeholders in New Mexico. Attendees shared even more local food system updates with particular emphasis on other existing formal and informal networks for aggregation, processing and distribution. 
  • Farmer Mixer. (September 2013). The Ag Collaborative and the Rio Grande Farmers' Coalition partnered to offer a grower-to-grower learning and networking opportunity. Growers shared a little about how the season has gone and what they are interested in learning more about. Then we enjoyed some quality time on the patio at Marble Brewery!
  • Crop Mob--South Valley. (August 2013). Our first ever "crop mob"! Pre-registered volunteers split up to work and learn on four South Valley farms and ended the morning with a potluck lunch altogether. Yum! Special thanks to Chispas Farms for hosting the potluck and A/WAY for donating the use of reusable dishes and silverware! Check out our fun photos on Flickr
  • School Gardens & Beyond. (July 2013). Check out the follow up info Nissa and Kendal compiled from the meeting. Connect with the Growing Gardens Team (GGT) by contacting Nissa Patterson of GGT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Meeting pics are now posted on Flickr!
  • Farm to School Part II: Selling to Schools Statewide. (June 2013). Download the information packet on Santa Fe Public Schools Bid & Quote Processes.
  • Funding for Local Food Entrepreneurs. (May 2013). Download the presentations:  USDA Rural Development, Farm Service Agency, and La Montanita Co-op LaM Fund.
  • Farm to School Part I:  Selling to APS and NM Food & Ag Policy Council + Land, Food, & Ag Working Group. (April 2013). Download Steven Carleton's presentation on 'selling to APS'. Download the APS Procurement handouts. View Eric Griego's Prezi "Growing the Local Food & Ag Sector in NM".
  • Healthy Soil, "Ugly Farming":  A NoTill Workshop (March 2013). Download the NRCS Soil Information handout from the meeting. Photos and video to follow! Also see the New Mexico NRCS report on maintaini ng soil health featuring Rio Grande Community Farm. Miss the meeting? View an online demo of soil chemistry from another NRCS soil guru, Ray Archuleta. 
  • Website on a Shoestring for Local Food Entrepreneurs (February 2013). Check out the accompanying resources page from Julie Heinrich.
  • Farmers' Marketing for the 5 Senses + Emerging Markets for Local Food Entrepreneurs (January 2013). Download the "Farmers' Marketing..." presentation . Watch the video of the meeting. Visit our Pinterest board.
  • Survey Says! What We Know about Agritourism in the Mid-Region (December 2012) (Click to download the GCCE presentation.)
  • Local Food + Ag Policy with Pam Roy (November 2012)
  • Micro-brew on the Beer Frontier! (September 2012)
  • Farming for the Layperson:  Local Authors Share Food Growing Techniques (August 2012)
  • Creative Micro-financing for Your Food-Based Business or Idea (July 2012). CLICK HERE to download the informational handout from Olivia and Aryon.
  • The Mixing Bowl + SVEDC:  Helping Local Food Entrepreneurs Get Cookin' (June 2012). CLICK HERE to download the Power Point Presentation.
  • Local Food for the Parks (May 2012)
  • Alvarado Urban Farm Grows Food and Farmers in the City: A Farm Tour and Info Session on the Veteran Farmer Project (April 2012)
  • Farm-to-Restaurant Albuquerque: Making It Happen (March 2012)
  • Get Caught Up On the Co-op: A Tour of the New Distribution Facility & Info Session (February 2012)
  • Outdoor Classroom in Action: Composting Teaches Calculations! (January 2012)
  • Herbs, and Spice, and Everything Nice: A Hands-On Culinary Spice Blend Workshop (December 2011)
  • No November 2011 meeting - Attended the Quivera Conference (November 2011)
  • No October meeting due to Local Food Festival (October 2011)
  • A Visit to the UNM Lobo Gardens - Growing Food, Students and Community (September 2011)
  • Farm Bill 101: Making This Big Chuck of Food Legislation Easy to Swallow (August 2011)
  • On the Road with UNM's Summer Foodshed Field School (July 2011)
  • Co-ops 101 - Get the Low-Down on How to Start a Cooperative (For Farmers, Value-Added Producers, Composters and More!) (June 2011) Download the PowerPoint presentation --HERE--
  • Growing Youth by Growing Food - Presentations from organizations involved in youth farming (May 2011)
  • The Agri-Cultura Network: A Successful Model of Collaborative Farming, Aggregation and Distribution in the South Valley (April 2011)
  • 4-H in Urban Albuquerque (March 2011)
  • Micro Loans and Grant Programs for New Mexico Farm Enterprises: Learn What Is Affordable, Accessible and Making A Difference (February 2011)
  • Farm-to-Restaurant Albuquerque: Determining Barriers and Opportunities (January 2011)
  • Italian Culture, Agriculture and Agritourism: Lessons Learned for New Mexico (December 2010)
  • Harvest the Rain - Nate Downey Shares His New Book (November 2010)
  • How to Eat Locally, Seasonally and Even Garden Through a New Mexican Winter!!! (October 2010)
  • Foodies on the Web - Growing Your Marketing Strategies with Internet-Based Media (September 2010)
  • Extending the Harvest: Time honored preservation and canning methods
  • Seeds: Our Past and Our Future
  • Climate Change and Agriculture
  • Exploring Local Wheatgrass and Raspberries
  • Two Entreprenurial Models of Local Agriculture
  • The Buzz around Community Gardens
  • Local Beer and Hops Production
  • Successful Farming in the Cool Season, and a Post Mortem on the Warm Season
  • Developing localized food and agriculture policies that help reduce carbon emissions  
  • What's new in the Farm Bill, and other new resources for small and medium sized farms
  • Local Food and Agriculture Summer Camp
  • Selling and Marketing your Own Local Foodlos_lunas_ag_center.jpg
  • Growing Young Farmers: Supporting Youth in Agriculture  
  • Our Soil - Love It, Hate It, Amend It
  • Local Meats Part 1: Production and Processing 
  • Local Meats Part 2: Distribution and Marketing
  • Distribution and Storage of Local Foods: Barriers and Solutions
  • Agricultural Land Preservation: Opportunities and Funding Mechanisms 
  • Market Your Product like a Pro! 
  • Making the Links: Connecting to Enable a Stronger Local Food Shed
  • Informal Gathering at the New Mexico State Fair
  • Local Food in the Schools: Models at APS and a New Program in the Valley High School Cluster
  • Field trip to Chispas Farms 
  • Making the Farm Bill Work for our Local Region
  • Examples of locally grown foods connections
  • Farm to Restaurant Workshopag_meeting.jpg
  • Growing dry land canola for biodiesel in New Mexico
  • Marketing local foods
  • Getting ready for the 2007 Legislative Session An Industry Perspective
  • The Pueblos' Contributions to Local Agriculture from Education to Product Development and Sales
  • Managing Resources and Generating Profits in the Community and on the Farm 
  • How local producers can work with La Montanita Co-op in Building a Sustainable Regional Food System 

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