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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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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.

2013 RGCF 5K

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

Registration and more information here.

Gearing Up at the Garden

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The Rio Grande Community Farm is now accepting new members to join its 2-acre community garden. After a challenging 2013 season marked by water curtailments, the community garden will bounce back in 2014 with the addition of newly acquired water rights that ensure sufficient irrigation on the property.

Membership at the community garden includes access to a variety of seeds, hand tools and other gardening materials, irrigation water, and use of your own 80’ long, 2’ wide plot of land. Workshops and a demonstration garden are also offered on site to members as well as the general public.

Groups such as school classes, church groups, and other non-profit organizations are also welcome and encouraged to sign up for a plot. Rio Grande Community Farm invites interested organizations to become garden members and utilize the space for gardening and much more.

The community garden sits in the northwest corner of the Los Poblanos Fields Open Space in the North Valley. Many different vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees are grown at the garden, including a variety of perennials at the Alvarado School Garden’s pollinator habitat area.

On Saturday and Sunday this weekend, the garden will have its 2014 kick-off with orientation for members, an open house for visitors and potential gardeners, and a workday for volunteers. All are welcome between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information on community garden membership, or to sign up for a row, visit www.riograndefarm.org/programs/community-garden.

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)

 

RGCF featured in coverage by USDA and America’s Heartland

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This summer and fall, Rio Grande Community Farm has had its work highlighted across the country, from a review of the 2012 Maize Maze in Local Flavor (photos here), to video spotlights by America’s Heartland and the USDA.

In partnership with the USDA, RGCF has installed and maintained a sub-surface drip irrigation system, improving water efficiency as a model of low-impact irrigation for farms across the country. See the video below for more information on our irrigation methods.

America’s Heartland highlights other aspects of our vision of sustainability, including urban accessibility and our farmer training program. Follow their programs online for more coverage of national agriculture news and trends.

We here at Rio Grande Community Farm believe strongly in the principles and values of public and sustainable farming, and want to thank our partners for documenting our approach to today’s issues. A large component of our mission is to show how through community programs and advanced agricultural practices, all scales of agriculture– from self-production and small-scale farming, all the way up to conventional and large-scale production– can thrive in our increasingly challenging economic and environmental circumstances.

Haunting at the Maze this weekend

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For the final weekend of the 2012 Maize Maze, part of the maze will be converted into a Haunted Maze, in a partnership with the Public Academy for Performing Arts and local area filmmakers. The Haunted Maze leads participants along a walk-through story, with amphibian-themed characters and storyline. For folks interested in the regular maze, half of the corn maze will be open for self-guided visitors.

The Haunted Maze will be open for its grand finale on Halloween night, from 7 to 10 p.m. Security personnel will be on-site to ensure the safety of the event.

The farm is open for an extended hour all weekend, going from 3-10 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Groups are still welcome to schedule daytime visits on weekdays, including Halloween. For more information or to set up a group visit, visit www.riograndefarm.org/events/maize-maze.

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