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Discover Your Great Big Holistic Farm Life

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Setting Priorities, Land & Climate Challenges, and Finding Opportunities

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Designed for curious, beginning farmers, this free day-long workshop introduces agriculture in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, including environment, community, markets, and farmer goals.  Activities will include on-farm tour, guided self-assessment, expert presentations, and panel discussions to examine farming options in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, climate trends, principles of regenerative agriculture, and crop choices matched to consumer demand in local markets, ranging from CSAs to commercial and municipal entities.  Participants will self-assess their attitudes about farming as individuals and as members of family and community, thereby identifying gaps and goals for improvement.

  • Agricultural climate and trends, now to the year 2100.
  • Appreciate the major soil types and irrigation needs in the Middle Rio Grande Valley.
  • Farm tour of best practices, infrastructure, and equipment choices.
  • Find out how to join markets in the area.
  • Consider your attitude about running a small farm involving finances, family, community, and future generations.

Agenda

  • 8:30 AM Arrive at the Los Ranchos Agri-Nature Center4920 Rio Grande Blvd. NW.
  • 8:45 AM Welcome from Rio Grande Community Farm — Jamie Welles, Ex. Dir.
  • 9:00 AM Overview: The Holistic Picture
    • Self-knowledge pre-assessment
  • 9:15 AM Knowing Your Attitude: The ABC Model — Bruce Milne
    • Assess Your Attitudes about farming, money, food, family, work
  • 10:15 AM Break
    • 10:30 AM Gap Analysis: What are my priorities for creating success?
  • 11:00 AM Sense of Place: Land, Water, and Climate Trajectory
    • Geography 101 — The Middle Rio Grande Valley – Chris Duvall
    • Climate Change, 1985 to 2100 — NM Envir. Dept.
  • 12:00 PM Lunch Outside
  • 12:30 PM Panel: Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture
    • 12:45 PM Incubator programs at RGCF, Tres Hermanas Kitchen — Jamie Welles, Anzia Bennet
    • High-value Specialty Crops
  • 1:45 PM Break
    • 2:00 PM How to join markets: public, private, institutional
    • Principles of regenerative agriculture
  • 3:00 PM Tractor Ride Tour: RGCF and Agri-Nature Center — Kelvin Schenk
    • Soils, no-till, & cover cropping
    • Infrastructure & Equipment
    • Solar power & carbon neutrality goal
    • Weather station for smarter irrigation
    • Beneficial biodiversity
  • 4:45 PM Assessment of Today’s Program — Colleen McRoberts
  • 5:00 PM Adjourn and Pre-Registration for the Next Workshop

ZiAmaizing Maze

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Note – This is an archived post.

This post is from a previous event. We hold the maze annually. Please visit the Maize Maze page for more current info.

Come one come all to ZiAmaizing Maze at Rio Grande Community Farm’s 21st Annual Maize Maze October 11 – November 1 at Los Poblanos Open Space in Albuquerque’s North Valley.  The Maize Maze is the largest fundraising event of the year for Rio Grande Community Farm, which funds much of their 501(c)(3) non-profit urban farming efforts. These efforts include their Community Garden, providing support for local food networks, providing farm based learning, and maintaining wildlife habitats.

 

Come find your way through the 3.8 mile, 8-acre corn maze cut in the shape of a Zia.  With support from The Zia Pueblo, we are making an interactive effort to educate the community about the heritage of the Zia symbol, culture, and agriculture as you explore ZiAmaizing Maze. The corn maze is a fun filled way for the entire family to spend a fall day together at the farm enjoying pumpkin painting, hayrides, games, live music, food trucks, breweries, and more!

Oktoberfest Farmstrong Bales, Beers & Brats 5k/10k/fun run

FarmStrong 2019 – 3rd Annual 5K/10K/Fun Run Oktoberfest

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Note – This is an archived post.

This post is from 2019. We hold the race annually. Please visit the Farmstrong Race page for more current info.

Oktoberfest! Bales, Beer & Brats!

On Saturday, October 26th, celebrate Octoberfest and support Rio Grande Community Farm! Join us for a beautiful run in open space nature which includes the fun challenge of jumping over hay bales! Celebrate your leaps with Brews and Brats after the race!

Get your tickets here

Where

Rio Grande Community Farm

1701 Montaño Road NW

Albuquerque, NM. 87107

When

October 26th, 2019

9:30 AM – 10k run with hay bale jump course followed by Beer and Brats!

10:00 AM – 5k run with hay bale jump course followed by Beer and Brats!

11:15AM – Root Beer Run, Family & Dog Friendly Fun Run followed by Root Beer Floats and Hot Dogs!

Advanced Prices

Price increases after October 1st. Get your tickets in advance to secure the best deal.

10k: $40

5k: $30

Fun Run: $20

 

 

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