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Dec 2013--Local Food News

Expanded descriptions of Local Food Happenings

Inspire NM Youth! Ag Professionals Needed for Career Day

The New Mexico Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA Project) is organizing a spring career day for NM middle school students. They need "Career Day" professionals to participate, especially folks living or working in Jemez Mountain, as well as Native and Hispanic role models.
This collaborative project between participating schools and UNM's Prevention Research Center introduces students to careers and expands interest and knowledge in science, health, nutrition, and fitness. 
Contact Kathryn Peters for info:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 505-272-1756.

Speakeasy Fundraiser to Help Erda Gardens Buy Their Farm

This Saturday, 12/7, enjoy live gypsy jazz, libations, and savory local eats in an historic adobe hideaway all for a great cause! Erda Gardens has the chance to buy the land they've so lovingly restored, and they could use our help. Tickets range from $50 to $150, and all include off-site child care and "a rockin' good time". 
A few volunteers are still needed if you are feeling cash poor, but ready to work! Read more and RSVP online.

Grant:  Value Added Producer Funding Opportunity

Dec 20th is the EQIP application deadline. It's not too late! You can get your foot in the door with a submitted application (it doesn't have to be complete), and then work with our NM NRCS field agents to figure out the details. Just submitting the application does NOT obligate you to anything, but it can give you potential access to NRCS funds for your farm enterprise. In this scenario, apply first and figure out the details later! Read more.
Feb 24th is the deadline for the USDA Value Added Producer Grant, which is available to help create new products, expand marketing opportunities, support further processing of existing products or goods, or to develop specialty and niche products. Details available online. Contact Jesse Bopp with questions:  505-761-4952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"Whole Farm Planning" Education via Veteran Farmers Project

As part of our ongoing commitment to grow our local community of farmers by providing farm and ranch skills trainings for area veterans the Veteran Farmer Project, thanks to a grant from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, are pleased to announce our early 2014 series of classes.

Learn the basics of developing a whole farm goal and how to make on-farm decisions more effectively (including a special focus on financial decisions) in this Whole Farm Planning Series. This series will focus on helping you manage all your resources more effectively (human, natural, and financial). Whether you are just considering starting to farm or already in the business, this series will help you ask you make the critical decisions to move you forward. These tools have been used by farmers and ranchers around the world to improve quality of life, land productivity and health, and business profitability.

Come for one session or the whole series:

Identifying Key Values and Resources for Success

Creating a Whole Farm Goal

Value-based Decision-Making

Whole Farm Financial Planning

Easy and Effective Enterprise Analysis

Facilitated by Ann Adams, HMI’s Director of Community Services and a whole farm planning educator for 15 years, Ann has a small homestead with goats and chickens in the Manzano Mountains.

This series is open to all veterans and active service personnel and room permitting the larger community

Classes are free for veterans and their families and will be held at 3:30Pm on Thursdays on January 16 and 30th and February 6,20 and 27; location TBA.

For more information and to register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 505-217-2027 or toll free at 877-775-267.




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