Food & Farms Day

2023 New Mexico Food & Farms Day
Celebrating Food, Farm and Hunger Initiatives

January 26, 2023 at the NM Capitol
9am-11:30pm Tabling
9-10am Awards Ceremony in the Rotunda
10am-12pm Visit your legislators
11am Agua Rally organized by Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates
12pm Group photo
Legislative Sponsors: Senators Pete Campos and Liz Stefanics 
and Representative Joanne Ferrary

Food & Farms Day Memorials HM1 and SB7

Food & Farms Day Awards

 The Awards celebrate exceptional programs and partners in New Mexico who actively foster innovative
and creative approaches to complex problems facing our local food economy.  

Visionary New Mexico Award

A special highlight of this year’s Awards is the Visionary New Mexico Award which will be given to the Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for extraordinary leadership in creating the Food Initiative, a 24.7 million dollar statewide program supporting food systems, hunger relief, and farming in New Mexico. 


Good Food for New Mexico Award | Celebrating Farmers’ Markets – Portales and Clovis Farmers’ Markets, Clovis/Portales 

Growing the Future Award | New or Young Farmers and Ranchers – Datura Farm, Buckhorn

Heart of the Land Award | Outstanding Leadership in Farming and Ranching – Bidii Baby Foods LLC, Shiprock

Living Land Award | Outstanding Leadership in Land Stewardship – Reunity Resources, Santa Fe

Sowing Change Award | Creating Sustainable Food Systems – First Nations Development Institute, Albuquerque

Visionary New Mexico Award | Special Recognition  – New Mexico Food Initiative, Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham  

and the Golden Chile Awards!

CLICK HERE for more information about each awardee.

CLICK HERE for the photo gallery.

CLICK HERE for the press release.


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.

New Mexico Food & Farms Day and Awards are produced by Farm to Table NM and the NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council. 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. See more.

Photo credit: Gabriella Marks