Get On The Farm, Bill

Tonight! Tonight! Tonight!

Laura Marrich
2 min read
Kids at the Rio Grande Community Farm in Los Raƒnchos tend to their rows. (
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Perhaps you’re a a bona fide earth muffin with a rainwater-harvesting system and a spot on the Co-op’s board of directors. Maybe you’re a food lover that’s curious about how farming policy works in New Mexico. Or perhaps, like our Arts Editor Steven Robert Allen, you just enjoy the freedom that only a pair of denim overalls and a straw hat can provide.

Sounds like you need to know about the Farm Bill. According to George Gundrey, executive director of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, the Farm Bill "is an incredibly important piece of legislation that is renewed—and changed—every five years. It is up for renewal and communities around the country are organizing around it."

There’s a free, open-to-the-public meeting tonight at Immanuel Presbyterian Church

(114 Carlisle NE) at 7 p.m., all geared to answer the question "How Healthy, Sustainable and Local is Our Farm Policy?"

A cherry panel of speakers includes:

—Eric Garrettson, Director of the Albuquerque Growers’ Market (who, you may recall, I spoke with a few weeks ago for our Earth Day feature on edible landscaping. )

—Don Bustos, Traditional New Mexican Farmer Board Member of the SW Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

—Lisa Hummon, Farm Bill Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife

—Dan Imhoff, Executive Director of the Wild Farm Alliance, author of
Farming With the Wild and Food Fight: A Citizens Guide to a Food and Farm Bill

—Mark Winne, Communications Director, Community Food Security Coalition.

If you’re Santa Fe-based, there’s another meeting tomorrow night to be held at Cloud Cliff Bakery (1805 Second St., Santa Fe) at 7 p.m.
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