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Kemper Barkhurst

2014 End of the Year Update

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GT_logo2013-final1-1024x85Greetings to Our Neighbors and Supporters,

We are sending this special letter on #GivingTuesday to update you on our progress throughout 2014, some of our plans for 2015, and ask you for your financial support of Rio Grande Community Farm (RGCF). Our dream is a community gem in Albuquerque’s Los Poblanos Open Space (LPOS) and we need your help. We have watched seasons change for 18 years as overseers of numerous LPOS fields, including the annual Maize Maze community event.

It is change that we embrace as RGCF builds into the civic steward of connection that is core to our mission. In partnership with the Albuquerque Open Space Division (OSD), we work hard to provide an agricultural and natural conservancy for the community to enjoy. In this mission we support the localization of food supply and education through our farming activities, managing a community garden, providing experience opportunities, and maintaining wildlife habitat for the continuous migration of birds and other animals.

RGCF survived a very lean 2013 and beginning of 2014. Through your support and the dedication of a small group of passionate individuals, we endured. Friends, RGCF is now ready to thrive. The bounty is a strong community amongst LPOS fields.

There is so much credit deserved to so many entities and people who have helped revive RGCF to its current state. Our OSD partners wore the hats of historians and hydrologists in order to secure a consistent irrigation supply for our produce, maze field, and wildlife crops. Their work also secured a full irrigation supply for LPOS in 2015. We promise to use this water wisely.

A few years ago, RGCF secured a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help purchase our hoop house in the field adjacent to Montano Road. In 2014, we produced vegetables for sale at La Montanita Coop stores, including a beautiful crop of okra and greens. In the sense of this community effort, most of the work done in the hoop house was provided by secondary grant entities and our very own volunteers. Thank you!

In 2014, RGCF built its dedicated board to a full complement of members and officers. This board is strong with highly skilled experiences and several community members living close to the fields. This board is quick as demonstrated by the very successful 5k run in October in which a new member organized from board nomination to race in a matter of weeks. From another board member, our 2014 Maze event was very successful and the very reason why RGCF is ready to thrive.

In 2014, RGCF contracted a Development Director focused solely on fundraising and grant writing. Funds secured from those activities have helped RGCF contract an interim farm manager to build the foundation of a community farm for the community to enjoy.

While we have made great progress in 2014, we look forward to 2015 and a continued effort to create our dream of an Albuquerque gem in LPOS. The opportunities are there to succeed as long as RGCF can sustain its development as a community resource. We continue to search for sustainable funding to contract a fulltime farm manager that can grow our fields through long-term hands-on experience. With your help, we know we can get there.

In 2015, we also will focus on our community garden program to be that place of serenity and sustenance that so many people seek. We are working on grants in order to provide row scholarships and educational training for everyone at every level of gardening experience.

RGCF is also working on a full educational program to not only provide the community with opportunities to learn, but provide the community with skilled beginning farmers that can be the next generation of local producers.

Our promise to you and all of our partners is a continued dedication to the RGCF mission with the goal of serving the Albuquerque community. We will never rest in this mission. It is our passion fueled by those who enjoy the wonderful LPOS field—be them locals or just flying through the area.

Please take a moment to make a donation for any amount, remembering that donations are tax-deductible. Donate Now

As a special gift to donors who give over $200, we will send you a beautiful, exclusive print from an original watercolor being painted by Todd Tibbals, nationally recognized watercolorist, RGCF neighbor and supporter. Watch for a picture of this beautiful piece on our website or Facebook.

Thank you for your support,
Marcia Ludden, President
& 2014 RGCF Board

Seeking Volunteers for the Fractal Maze

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RGCF Needs Your Help at the Annual Maize Maze

We are in need of several volunteers during the maze which will be open weekends in October. We officially open to the public on Oct. 3rd @ 3pm. Volunteer shifts are as follows:

Fridays: 2:30-6pm
Saturdays: 10:30-2:30pm & 2-6pm
Sundays: 10:30-2:30pm & 2-6pm

Volunteers will help with supervision and support for maze attendees to complete a (mostly) self-guided adobe-making activity which is a part of a land art project to build a giant Sierpinski triangle fractal out of adobes. We also need help keeping the pumpkin painting tables organized and supplied.

Volunteers will be showered with gratitude and will also be awarded tickets to the Maze (to come back with a friend!) and pie pumpkins.

If any of this sounds interesting to you, please reply to info@riograndefarm.org with your availability.



PS – Our partner organization, Blackout Theatre Company, is looking for ZOMBIES for their performance of Quarantine after dark. Please email: Barney@blackouttheatre.com for more information on volunteering in their production. They will also need nighttime assistance to keep the parking lot in order.

A Haunted Maze Experience

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Rio Grande Community Farm is excited to announce our partnership with the Blackout Theatre Company who will be performing Quarantine Collapse in the maze at dusk for the month of October. Tickets are on sale now for $20 (13 and up). Order Now

Civilization is collapsing.  The undead still roam the streets of New Mexico and the cities aren’t safe. A quarantine camp has been set up at Rio Grande Community Farm, it is the living’s last refuge in Albuquerque…

Quarantine: Collapse is an interactive haunted house unlike any other, a performance that puts the audience in the story . Be ready to navigate a farm and maze infested with undead!

Learn more at Quarantine Collapse

Fractal Night at the Museum

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2nd Annual Fractal Night at the Museum

August 23, 2014 @ 7pm

This is the second annual partnership between the Fractal Foundation, Rio Grande Community Farm, and NM Museum of Natural History & Science to bring you an unforgettable evening of fractals!

Enjoy access to every museum exhibit, fractal activities, refreshments, and more while you support fractal education in our community. Your contribution helps with the creation of a Fractal Maize Maze at the Rio Grande Community Farm in September, an event that is uniquely “Albuquerque!”

Tickets: Adults: $20 Kids: $10 – Order Tickets

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5K at the Farm

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2013 RGCF 5K
The second annual 5K at the Farm is to happen on October, 11th 2014 during the Balloon Fiesta weekend. Come run with the balloons flying overhead and the crisp autumn air flowing through the fields. Participants in the run experience the annual Maize Maze in a unique way, as the course is run through parts of the Maze field and runners navigate their way through the labyrinth along a marked route.

Runners will receive t-shirts, giveaways and awards for top placement.

Registration and more information here.

Seeking Board Members

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Rio Grande Community Farm (RGCF) is a non-profit, educational farm in the North Valley. Our mission is to improve the health of our community through sustainable agriculture, education, and fresh food.

Our programs include demonstration of sustainable agriculture, 2-acre community garden, gardening education, Farm to School, food donations, young farmer training, annual Maize Maze, and urban wildlife habitat enhancement.

RGCF is seeking board members. The Board of Directors meets once a month for two hours. In addition to preparing for and attending board meetings, board members are asked to serve on at least one committee. Committee schedules vary depending on focus and time of year.

Please see the board job description.

We are looking for individuals with the following expertise:

  • Banking

  • Law (general, water or natural resource)

  • Farming

  • Small business

  • Accounting

  • Advertising

  • Public relations and marketing

  • Fundraising

  • Event planning

  • Advocacy with elected officials

  • Public speaking

  • Writing skills (website, newsletters, grant proposals, fundraising letters)


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