Local Food and Agriculture
Small scale agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley and Sandia Mountain Communities and medium to large scale in High Plains Torrance and Sandoval County is a traditional practice that is regaining in strength and developing into a strong part of the local economy. As demand for local food increases, opportunities to develop new agriculture and food ventures open up, and avenues for market connections becomes key. Increasing the local food and agriculture sector requires new entrepreneurial farmers and local food producers, and sales venues, such as stores, restaurants, food trucks and farmers’ markets.
- Facilitate connections between farmers/local food producers and restaurants, food trucks and grocery stores.
- Recruit and retain millennial talent to our region to produce and consume local food.
- Support LandLink, connecting farmers to land and resources.
- Cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship.
- Increase awareness of lending capital by facilitating access to micro lenders, Accion, WESST, NM Loan Fun, La Montanita Coop’s LAM fund, etc.
- Support farm apprenticeships on public lands.
- Increase number and access to commercial kitchens for food preparation and value-added company development.
NMSU’s Cooperative Extension, Edible Santa Fe, Delicious New Mexico, Bernalillo County, NM Food and Agriculture Policy Council, NM Farmers’ Marketing Association, NM Restaurant Association; Agricultura Network, Village of Los Lunas, Estancia Valley Economic Development Association.
- At least two new connections via LandLink per year.
- An increase in the number of local food-based companies.
- An increase in the number of restaurants, food trucks sourcing from local farmers.
- Agriculture production underway on public lands.