ABOUT NM FOOD & FARMS DAY
New Mexico Food & Farms Day celebrates the efforts of individuals, communities, organizations, and agencies that strive to create a thriving local food, farming and ranching economy while at the same time emphasizing that everyone in the state should have access to fresh, healthy, nutritional food.
This day provides an opportunity to highlight the intersection between health, sustainable food systems, and the economic wellbeing of our farms and ranches. It also speaks to the ways we are working together to increase affordable and healthy food access. It addresses the idea that thriving food systems encourage entrepreneurship and leadership, and reinforces the benefits of cooperation and coordination along with the intersection of informed policy making.
“Food & Farms Day is a chance to lift up these state and federal programs that increase access to affordable, healthy food grown in New Mexico and offer economic opportunities for local farmers and ranchers.” Pam Roy, Executive Director of Farm to Table and Coordinator for the NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council.
SCHEDULE OF FESTIVITIES
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
3:30-4:00 | Tour Arrival & Registration
4:00-5:15 | Tours of Grow-the-Growers, Youth Conservation Corps & NM2050 Summer Agricultural Internship Program
5:00-5:30 | Arrive, register for event
5:00-5:45 | Appetizers, mix and mingle
5:45-6:45 | Awards Presentations
6:45-7:30 | Dessert, mix and mingle
PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at this event is by invitation-only.
Directions – The Gutierrez-Hubbell House is located at 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105 Map
Parking – Attendees should park in the south lot (which is a grassy field) accessed via Hubbell Circle SW (see map). Carpooling is encouraged.
Weather – It is late summer in New Mexico, please dress accordingly. The weather can be unpredictable. Currently, the forecast is sunny with a high of 85 degrees. Please plan for hot and sunny weather, as well as the possibility of seasonal monsoon rains and cooler evening temperatures.
As we are all accustomed to by now, we will be following state and federal safety protocols for this event. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available for event attendees. This event is outdoors with room to social distance.
Farm tours will take place on site at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House. Please arrive between 3:30-3:45 to register for the event and be ready for the walking tours to begin promptly at 4:00. Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and sturdy shoes are recommended! Download tour map.
Grow the Growers Program
The Cultivating Bernalillo County ‘Grow the Growers’ program is a comprehensive farm training and business acceleration initiative designed to attract new and emerging farmers into professional food production. In order to learn diverse farm production and business operation methods, Grow the Growers participants also work with partner farms to enhance their educational experiences. Bernalillo County and its program partners are committed to strengthening the local food economy by nurturing the next generation of food entrepreneurs.
NM2050 Summer Agricultural Internship Program Purpose: The NM2050 Summer Agricultural Internship Program is designed for aspiring, beginning, and intermediate growers of high school age to gain basic skills in regenerative farming, to serve the South Valley Agriculture Community and to support beginning farmers.
Helga Garcia-Garza | Executive Director, Agricultura Network
Mari Simbana | Open Space Supervisor, Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Department
John Garlisch | Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, Bernalillo County Extension Office
Click here for photos are more information about the 2022 Awardees!
Sowing Change Award | Organizations Engaged in Creating Sustainable Food Systems
Alma Maquitico and Anthony Youth Farm
Good Food for New Mexico Award | Celebrating NM Farmers’ Markets
Bianca Encinas and La Familia Growers Market
Heart of the Land Award | Outstanding Leadership in Farming and/or Ranching
Gilbert Louis and Acoma Number 8 Ranch
Acoma Pueblo, NM
Emigdio Ballon and Tesuque Pueblo Farm
Tesuque Pueblo, NM
Living Land Award | for Outstanding Leadership in Land Stewardship
Ralph Vigil and Molino de la Isla Organics
Growing the Future Award | for New or Young Farmers and Ranchers
Kirsten Couevas and Sublime Pastures
Tacos de Barbacoa – Acoma #8 ranch beef slow roasted and served with pico de gallo
Blue Corn Turkey Tamales – Sublime Pastures turkey, Tamaya blue corn, black currants, red chile
Calabacitas – South Valley grown squash, corn, and chile; tortilla
New Mexico Peach Crumble
Dixon Apple Crisp
Apple Ginger Mint Tea
Agua de Sandia
A heartfelt and sincere thanks to our sponsors and partners for helping to make this event possible!
(In alphabetical order)
Bernalillo County Open Space
Center for Science in the Public Interest Action Fund
Farm to Table NM
McCune Charitable Foundation
United Way of Central NM
Dome Valley Garlic
Jesus Guzman Produce
NM Department of Agriculture
Old Pecos Foods
Bernalillo County Extension Office
Bernalillo County Open Space
Chef David Swan and Es Que Market
Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District
Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute
The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Travis McKenzie, the 20/50 Program and Youth Conservation Corps
Swan Kitchen (SK) dba Es Que Market has been serving the community with clean and local cooking since 2013. Es Que Market prepares made from scratch, field to fork, nutritionally dense foods, using what New Mexico has to offer to create delicious meals. Investing in local cultural farmers and ranchers, they also farm using cultural practices learned from their ancestors, who have been in New Mexico since time immemorial. Es Que is committed to cultural farming practices, the food traditions in New Mexico, providing access to regenerative food for underserved community members, and preserving the cultural ways of life in New Mexico.
Es Que Market serves the community daily, catering for schools, local businesses, and government officials. They host farm tours and dinners to learn more about regenerative agriculture practices, offer cooking classes for youth and elders, and grow food traditionally to New Mexico. Active with local grassroots organizations, they employ a bottom up approach to solving systemic problems that exist in our state.
New Mexico Food & Farms Day and Awards are produced by the NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council and Farm to Table NM. The Policy Council and statewide partners represent a diverse group of organizations and individuals who are invested in the future of agriculture in New Mexico and support the efforts of local farmers to reach local markets. An important focus of our effort is to advocate for policies which facilitate bringing more fresh fruits and vegetables into schools.