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April 2024 Newsletter

By March 25, 2024March 31st, 2024News

April Newsletter Contents

  • Correction To March Newsletter
  • Our Annual Spring Plant Sale Sat. April 13th
  • Welcome to John Wright, Board Treasurer
  • Board Secretary Call for Applications
  • Meet April, Our Scholarship Recipient
  • Round-up for The Farm at La Montañita Co-op in April
  • MicroFarmers at Downtown Growers’ Market May-Sept
  • Your Feedback Requested: Sustainability Improvements
  • New Signs Installed with Our Core Values
  • Volunteer Opportunities at The Farm
  • Upcoming Classes & Workshops
  • One Gardener to Another
  • Remote Sensing Project with CNM
  • The Case for Soil Health, Part II
  • The Spring Equinox
  • Invitation to Inform our Farm Design
  • Farming for Profit: Strategies to Create a Successful Farm
  • What to Watch: Seed – The Untold Story

Correction to March Newsletter

Depending upon what type of device you were using to view the March Newsletter, multiple photo groupings published may have appeared in a different order.

Below, our Indigenous Scholarship Advisory Council (SAC) is correctly identified. Follow the links provided for their individual bios and more info.

Indigenous Scholarship Advisory Council (ISAC)
Joshuaa Allison-Burbank
James Sumpter
Trevor Goodluck
Read ISAC bios here:
Time again for our annual fundraiser!

Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, April 13th
9 AM to 4 PM

1701 Montaño Rd NW Albq., NM 87107 (turn on Tierra Viva Pl and park in the lot on your left. Walk to the Red Barn on your right.)

Buy six tomato plants and take home a cherry tomato for free!

Hustle and bustle around the Rio Grande Community Farm greenhouse with staff and volunteers cultivating and nurturing 3,000 baby veggie starts – all without pesticides – to provide our community with delicious, healthy, local produce this season! Our Spring Plant Sale has grown into a much anticipated annual fundraising event, and this year will not disappoint.

Note: There are no online pre-sales this year, and our young plants are sold on a first come basis.

Join us in our barnyard

  • Take home your favorite heirloom tomatoes, native chiles, colorful chard, prolific eggplants, aromatic herbs, edible flowers and more (see our Spring Plant Sale Catalog)
  • Ask Albuquerque Master Gardeners your plant care questions
  • Try the unique offerings produced by our MicroFarmers
  • Tour our new SunChaser Solar Education Trailer
  • Pick up some quality used tools for sale from local farmers
  • Engage in focus groups about our Farm Design project
  • Sign up for a Community Garden row or Microfarm plot, become a member or volunteer, or even teach a class!

Our Spring Plant Sale is integral to financing our programs to provide diverse and underserved communities with equitable access to urban farmland and education in sustainable agriculture.

Remember: While Saturday the 13th is also the first day of the Downtown Growers Market, our Spring Plant Sale only happens once a year. If you plan to come to both events, try dropping by the Growers Market between 8 and 9 am so you don’t miss out on the amazing variety of lovingly tended plant starts from our greenhouse and offer your support for our work!

Check out the Spring Plant Sale Catalog here.

Meet April, Our Community Garden Scholarship Recipient

I am April M. from Fort Defiance, AZ. Through the Community Garden, I hope to teach myself and my family the basics of having a garden. I also seek to strengthen my connection with my children and Mother Earth with gardening. This also will serve as a third place for me to unwind from work and city living. I hope to grow produce that we can eat together as a family or a snack we take to school/work. This experience will allow my family and I to learn life long skills.

[Rio Grande Community Farm is honored to support April in her goals! ~Ed.]

Welcome John Wright,  Board Treasurer

John was previously Executive Director of the New Mexico Wilderness Study Committee and NM2050 (a youth agriculture internship program.) He has worked with several non-profits including the North Valley Coalition of Neighborhoods where he was a board member for two years. John also worked at Rio Grande High School where he started the school’s garden and later worked with other teachers in operating an agricultural internship program.

John was inspired to apply for the Treasurer position at Rio Grande Community Farm because of he has family connections to Native American Pueblos and supports the Community Farm’s efforts to attract Native Americans to participate.

We are grateful for John’s service to our community!

The Board Secretary position is still open and we encourage prospective applicants to visit our website for information on the application process.

Round-up for Rio Grande Community Farm at La Montañita Food Co-op in April

Throughout the month of April, shoppers at La Montañita Food Co-op will have the opportunity to Round-up for Change on every purchase to help fund programs and operations at Rio Grande Community Farm!

La Montañita has supported local New Mexico sustainable agriculture since they began selling dried beans in bags on the floor of an abandoned Walgreens in 1976. In almost fifty years, they have grown to serving 17,000 families and operate four stores in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Gallup offering produce grown with methods that include certified organic, non-GMO, free-range, Integrated Pest Management, pesticide-free, and certified Free Trade.

In these times of growing competition for our natural food dollars, from behemoths like Whole Foods owned by Amazon billionaire, Jeff Bezos, and Sprouts owned by Walmart billionaires, the Walton family, please do everything you can to support our local community food cooperative and keep our money at home for a thriving New Mexico! Any perceived cost savings from buying from multinational corporations or online warehouses are counteracted by the destruction of the environment, worker abuse, lobbying corruption of health and safety standards, and diversion of local dollars into out-of-state fortunes than never, ever trickle down.
Learn more about co-ops here.

There is something you can do! Don’t forget to Round-up for Change to benefit Rio Grande Community Farm at The Co-op in April!

Find a La Montañita Food Co-op near you.


MicroFarmers at The Downtown Growers’ Market

Rio Grande Community Farm’s MicroFarm Program is thrilled to be included in this year’s Albuquerque Downtown Growers’ Market! Check out the beautiful produce from our MicroFarmers each last Saturday of the month between May and September!
See you at Robinson Park from 8:00 am to noon!

Proposed Sustainability Improvements: Your Feedback Requested

In collaboration with the City of Albuquerque, we have proposed sustainability improvements at the Rio Grande Community Farm that will allow us to transition to solar energy, cut CO2 emissions by 450 metric tons over the next four years, and improve our customer experience with sanitation. If you haven’t given us your feedback about the proposals, we encourage you to do so today!
Learn more on our website

Do you approve of these proposed improvements?
We would love to hear your thoughts and encourage you to respond to our survey where you will find more detailed information. You can also donate to support this game changing project due for completion in 2025.

Respond to our survey here

New Signs Installed

Colorful new signs at North and South entrances to The Farm include our organization’s new Purpose Statement and Core Values: COMMUNITY, EDUCATION, SUSTAINABILITY, and CELEBRATION! There is a QR code that takes visitors to our website, as well as our phone number and address for improved communication.

Volunteer Opportunities for April

If you have wanted to Volunteer at Rio Grande Community Farm, Spring is a great time to get started! Consider helping on these projects in April:4/5: Plant peas, carrots, and radishes

4/3: Plant a cover crop in the orchards
4/9 and 10: Spray Johnson-Su fungal-dominant compost on Fields
4/13: Annual Spring Plant Sale (everyone)
Plant new and feed established orchard trees and hedgerows
4/30: Harvest carrots, green garlic, radishes, asparagus, and leafy greens

Meet at 10:00 am at 1701 Montaño Rd NW Albuquerque, NM 87107 (turn on Tierra Viva Pl NW and park in the lot on your left. Walk to the Red Barn on your right.) All activities end at noon.

  • Please bring gloves, hat with a brim, sunblock, and water bottle.
  • Please read and follow these safety guidelines.

Volunteer Program
As a Volunteer for Rio Grande Community Farm, you can participate on a regular weekly schedule basis, or opt to be contacted by the project. After 24 hours of service, you become a Member with associated benefits! If you would like someone to reach out to you, please fill out our Volunteer Interest Survey.

Classes & Workshops

With Rich Adeyemi, Head Farmer & Educator

Two modules (4 hours in April and 4 hours in May) for a total of 8 hours of in-depth instruction to inspire and challenge you to begin or scale-up your own garden!

Module I: The Essentials
SAT April 6 & SUN April 7, 2024
4:00 6:00 PM

-Why Grow Your Own Food?
-Local Food System vs Industrial Food System
-Garden Design & Style
-Gardener’s Growing Zone
-Preparing to Grow – Time, Tools, & Working with Nature

Module II: The Building Blocks
(Prerequisite: Module I)
SAT May 3 & SUN May 4, 2024
4:00 6:00 PM

-Crop Planning & Crop Calendar
-Seed Starting and Nursery Management
-Pest & Weed Management in Urban Gardens
-Optimizing Soil Health
-Garden Irrigation Techniques


SATURDAY, April 13, 2024

9:00 am 4:00 pm

When you pick up some beautiful pesticide-free flower and vegetable starts at our annual Spring Plant Sale, our resident Albuquerque Master Gardeners welcome your plant care questions! From 1701 Montaño Rd NW, turn on on Tierra Viva Pl NW and park in the parking lot to your left.


With Chief Engineer, Brian Naughton

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Radiant floor heating, hot water, and electrical systems are on display in this experimental trailer collaboration between New Mexico Solar Energy Association, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and the ACE Leadership High School. Check it out at our Spring Plant Sale event!

One Gardener to Another

By AJ Armijo
Community Gardener
Rio Grande Community Farm

Since the beginning of 2020, I have been container gardening on my small patio in a very fancy, expensive vertical grower, a couple of raised beds, and inside with hydroponic growers with mixed success. I found the process enjoyable, from selecting seeds, growing seedlings, hardening them off, and then transplanting them to their respective homes. Some did better than others, which left me a little frustrated and searching for ideas or answers on what I could do better or what other gardening methods might be more successful and cost-effective.

The simple conclusion was that I needed a garden space that would allow me to grow directly in the ground so I could compare. Then, in January of 2023, I saw the sign to rent a garden plot one day when driving by the Rio Grande Community Farm and immediately investigated. It was exactly what I was looking for. At orientation, I was so excited with what the Community Garden offered as a grower and the beautiful environment, along with the potential to grow, that I felt like one garden plot (150 sq ft) needed to be bigger for all my ideas – I immediately rented two garden plots for a fraction of the price of my expensive vertical garden and hydroponic growers.

Growing in the Community Garden this past year has come with plenty of challenges (as all gardens do), but it has lived up to my expectations and then some. I’ve met many interesting people who came to the Community Garden from all over the country and world who all share a common interest in gardening, as well as love and appreciation for the open fields, the wildlife it attracts, including the sand hill cranes, and other birds, and the photogenic Sandia Mountains to the East. I’ve had many conversations with curious walkers, birders, and explorers eager to ask me questions about the community garden, what I’m growing in my garden plots, and the different things they see around the Community Farm. Fellow gardeners have given me lots of helpful advice from their experiences and plants, materials, and fruits and vegetables from their harvests.

I’ve learned quite a lot this past year, from the importance of planning and succession planting to the value of keeping plants cool and watered properly and keeping up with weeding and using flowers like calendula and marigolds for organic pest management that work in harmony with nature. Besides dedication, commitment, and hard work, the biggest lesson the garden has taught me is to appreciate and find creative ways to use all my harvest. Along with preserving and eliminating waste in the process, I learned how to can, dehydrate, pickle, preserve, and freeze like our grandparents used to. This has expanded my interest in the idea of food sovereignty and an even greater appreciation for the Community Farm and how they provide a public space in which I can practice these beliefs and goals either through the smaller-scale community garden plots or the larger grower space available through the MicroFarm Program (1/8 acre or 5445 sq ft) which can allow a grower to produce commercially.

I hope that others, especially those who are still growing in small spaces, containers, or simply on their own, will come and see all that the Rio Grande Community Farm provides and get involved in one of the many, many different programs or fundraising opportunities offered year-round by the Community Farm, because there is a lot to learn and grow, and new friends to make along the way.

Remote Sensing Project with CNM

Rio Grande Community Farm is fortunate to be partnering with Morgan Cartwright from CNM’s programs on Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Geographic Information Technology who will be performing multiple flights of our fields with a Mavic 3M drone equipped with a multi spectral camera that allows for analyzing such information as vegetative health and growth cycles via a Normalized Differential Red-Edge Index (NDRE), a Soil Adjusted Index (Savi/ATSAVI), and several other important indices.

Mavic 3M Drone
The raw data (Multispectral imagery) and processed data (reflectance maps and colorized indices) will be freely available for educational use at CNM as well as anyone else interested in obtaining a copy. Morgan plans to use this data both as a means to help educate other students on the agronomic and agricultural uses of multispectral data and as a final project for his last class in remote sensing.
Morgan will be flying the drone monthly throughout the growing season to measure temporal changes. He will launch at noon (Multispectral nadir 90° perpendicular to the ground) because the imagery works best with the fewest shadows cast by the sun. The Community Farm can use this data to observe climate impacts, growth cycles, spot treat areas for soil nutrients, water stress, vermin/pest related stress, and other factors. Another educational collaboration we deeply value!

A Case for Soil Health, Part II

by Rich Adeyemi
Head Farmer & Educator
Master Composter
Rio Grande Community Farm

The following article is a continuation of the article published in the February 2024 Newsletter (Part I accessed here.)

Compost, mulch, green manure, animal manure, and leaf mold are a few practices we can adopt to improve soil health:

Composting is a natural process in which microorganisms and earthworms convert organic matter from plants and animals into a rich plant food called humus. Humus, when complete, looks like soil and is rich in vital nutrients such as carbon and nitrogen.

The composting process occurs in nature as dead leaves and other plant material combine with animal waste, soil, air, and water to form a natural fertilizer that enriches top soils and promotes plant growth. While this process occurs naturally in the environment, you can make your own compost using everyday biodegradable waste generated in your household. Materials such as shredded paper, cardboard, dry leaves, egg shell, coffee grounds, food scraps, grass clippings, and animal manure can all be composted. Composting is a cheaper and safer alternative to building soil health than chemical fertilizers. Composting plays very important roles in building soil health, some of which include:

  • Improving soil structure – heavy and clay-like soil drains better with the addition of compost while loose and sandy soil can bind together, thereby enhancing their abilities to hold on to moisture and nutrients. Whatever your soil structure, compost is a great additive for improving it.
  • Increasing soil biodiversity – Naturally, a good soil is a diverse environment teeming with decomposers (fungi, bacteria, worms, tiny creatures), producers and consumers living together in an interconnected web. Compost is also a perfect environment for these organisms. When compost is added to the soil, the biodiversity of the soil is enhanced. Compost provides ideal conditions for soil microorganisms to multiply because it offers them abundant raw materials to work on and an increased air and moisture in the soil.
  • Moderating soil pH – Is your soil too acidic or too alkaline? Compost is a perfect additive that serves as buffer to your soil.
  • Improving fertility – I’m yet to meet a farmer or gardener that doesn’t talk about how to improve soil fertility. While there are many options – some good and some dangerous – compost is a cheap, safe and easy to make option that anyone can make irrespective of space. Although not all compost are created equally depending on what went into its making, most compost offers some of the essential micronutrients that feed the soil, which in turn feeds the plant.

Mulch is mostly used to keep weeds at bay and protect soil from temperature extremes. It acts as a soil insulator, protecting the soil from rapid changes in temperature and moisture. Mulch keeps temperature a little cooler in summer and a little warmer in winter. If you live in dry climate, mulching is vitally important to preserve soil moisture. While mulch is a source of soil organic matter and nutrients as they decompose, it is also good to supplement the nutrient in mulch by pushing back the mulch to create an opening and then spread some compost or other organic soil amendment beneath it.

Mulch can sometimes create problems if not applied appropriately. Always endeavor to leave some gap between mulch and the base of plants to encourage air circulation and prevent stem rot. In addition, pests like field mice and slugs that like to feed on plant stems and leaves loves the hidden dark underside of mulch so leave the gap in order to monitor what is going on around your plants.

Mulching materials are readily available, and in some cases, for free. Wood chips, cardboard, fall leaves, dry grass clippings, newspaper, pine needles, wood bark, hay, and straw are all excellent materials for mulching.

Green Manures/Cover Crops
Green manures are plants grown for the purpose of feeding soil organism rather than for human or animal consumption or ornament. They are beneficial to soil health and have the characteristics of fixing nitrogen in the soil, soil protection from exposure to wind, sun and rain, erosion prevention, suppression of troublesome weeds, provision of soil organic matter where it is needed and resting the soil to recover from cultivation thereby enhancing fertility.

Choosing a green manure to grow depend on some factors which include: your soil type (green manure differs in climate adaptability and soil conditions), what you want to achieve (for example weed suppression or nitrogen fixation or both), how long you want the soil covered (some mature more quickly than others), what you will plant after the green manure, and the time of the year.
To avoid a problematic situation, do not allow green manures to go to seed before you turn them under or cut them down otherwise they can turn out to become weed. Bear in mind also that perennial green manures may regrow after cutting them down, but they can be eliminated either by hoeing the root out or applying mulch to the soil.

Animal Manure
Traditionally, animal manures are considered and used as source of soil fertility. They can be applied fresh directly to the soil depending on the animal it came from (rabbit is a good example) or can be composted before application. Before using animal manure on your soil, consider what animal it came from, the condition in which the animal was raised, how it was stored before you got it, and the age of the manure. If you raise animal and use their manure on your farm, consider composting them or allow them to rot well before use. By all means, avoid manures from intensive “factory” farms because those animals are usually injected with pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones. Although these materials will readily decompose, they will have short-term effect on your soil biology. Instead, try to get from “free range” and less intensive livestock farms, and local stables.

In general, it is best to compost or allow fresh manure to rot well before use because they contain a high concentration of minerals which can harm the soil, pollute groundwater and/or burn plants.

For those who wish to avoid animal products, note that it is not a requisite for building soil health. Soil health can equally be built using the other means described above.

Leaf Mold
Leaf mold is the rich, dark material that is left when leaves that fall from trees in autumn are allowed to decay on the ground. Forest floors are perfect examples of soil that is rich with leaf mold which is an excellent soil conditioner. Just as in nature, leaf mold can actually be made on your farm or in your garden. All you need is a supply of fall leaves, a container to hold the leaves from blowing away, water, air, and time. To produce leaf mold, soak the leaves in water to make them moist, stuff the leaves into a container or stack them on the ground somewhere and leave the pile to decay. The decomposition may take between nine months to two years before you can produce a usable batch.

Common containers used for making leaf mold include wire mesh folded around four wooden posts to form a container, barrels, and large trash bags. Make sure that holes are poked in the barrel and the trash bags to allow for free flow of air. If you live in an arid area, make sure that you cover the inner wall of the wire mesh with a tarp poked with holes to avoid excessive dryness. You can check the pile from time to time to ensure it doesn’t dry out. If it does dry out, spritz it with water which will allow the microbes to do their job.

Leaf mold can be used as moisture-retaining mulch, it can be added to loam soil for use as top dressing in the garden or container plants.

The Spring Equinox

by Nathan Kunkle

Rio Grande Community Farm Social Work Intern

The Spring Equinox, which fell on March 19 this year, signals the shift from winter to spring. This change brings longer days and warmer weather, which is excellent news for farmers and nature. Farmers have long seen the Spring Equinox as a crucial time to start planting and growing crops. As the days lengthen and the sun’s rays intensify, temperatures rise. This change signals plants that they must awaken from their winter slumber and begin their growth cycle. This process is crucial for plants as it helps them determine the right time to flower and bear fruit, a phenomenon directly influenced by the sun’s increasing strength.

It’s a significant event in the agricultural calendar that signals farmers to start preparing their fields for planting. The longer daylight hours give plants more energy for growth, and the warmer temperatures and thawing soils create favorable conditions for sowing and transplanting seedlings. This tradition is not new; many agricultural societies, including the ancient Maya and Egyptians, used the spring equinox to plan their planting and farming rituals, underscoring its historical importance.

Across the globe, festivals such as Nowruz in Iran, Holi in India, and Ostara in pagan traditions mark the renewal of life and fertility. These celebrations often include rituals and ceremonies centered around planting, growth, and abundance. Interestingly, even in modern times, farmers rely on the changing seasons and celestial events like the spring equinox to guide their planting schedules and crop management practices, showcasing the enduring relevance of these age-old traditions.

Inform Our Farm Design

We would love the input of our community about what you would like to see taking place on the Rio Grande Community Farm in terms of land use and programming as we embark on planning for a cohesive Farm Design that supports our long-range organizational strategy. We have developed a community survey to gather your recommendations for this project so get creative with it!


Farming for Profit: Strategies to Create a Successful and Sustainable Farm

 by Anya Willis

If you’ve been dreaming of turning your love of farming into a business, there’s never been a better time to make it a reality. With the growing demand for locally sourced, organic produce and sustainable farming practices, starting a farm is not only a great way to live off the land, but also a lucrative business venture. But before you quit your day job and start plowing the fields, there are some key steps to take toward building a successful farm and monetizing it.

Start a Business

Formalizing your small farm as a business from the start can offer several advantages. It provides a clear structure for your operations and can make it easier to manage finances, taxes, and legal matters. Additionally, registering your business can open up opportunities for grants, loans, and other forms of financial assistance designed specifically for agricultural businesses.

Creating a limited liability company for your farm is a strategic move to safeguard your personal assets from your business obligations. An LLC offers legal protection by separating your personal finances from those of your business, ensuring that your personal property remains secure in the event of business liabilities or debts. Additionally, an LLC confers an advantageous tax structure, often resulting in favorable tax treatment that can benefit your financial health.

Look for Ways to Optimize Your Land

Treehugger notes that the first step in creating a successful farm is to optimise your land for crops and animals. Whether you’re starting from scratch with raw land or working with an existing property, it’s important to assess the soil quality, water source, and topography of your land to determine what crops or livestock will work best. Once you’ve determined what types of plants and animals will thrive on your land, invest in high-quality seeds, plants, and animals to ensure a healthy harvest.

Farm Survey Before Purchasing

Before purchasing raw land for a farm, it is recommended to get the property surveyed. This can help avoid boundary disputes with neighbors and identify any potential hazards or limitations of the land. A surveyor can provide a detailed report outlining the boundaries of your land as well as any potential issues that may arise.

Study Business Practices

Going back to school to earn a business degree online offers a unique opportunity to enhance your business acumen without stepping away from your current commitments. For those operating a farm, this means you can continue your agricultural activities while gaining valuable knowledge and skills that can help grow your business. Online education provides the flexibility needed to balance work, family, and studies, allowing you to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Whether you’re looking to improve your marketing strategies, financial management, or operational efficiencies, an online business degree can equip you with the tools necessary for success. For anyone looking to advance their career and business capabilities without sacrificing their current lifestyle, this path is worth it to explore further.

Produce Eggs for Sale and Consumption

Chickens and More points out that raising chickens for eggs on your small farm can be a rewarding and practical endeavor. Not only will you have a steady supply of fresh, organic eggs, but chickens also help control pests and provide rich manure that can improve soil health. Before starting, it’s important to research the best breeds for egg production and understand their care requirements. Building a secure coop and providing a balanced diet are essential for their health and productivity. Regular health checks and proper hygiene practices can help prevent diseases and ensure a healthy flock.

Get Familiar with Marketing Practices

Marketing your farm effectively is crucial for attracting customers and building your brand. One creative and impactful idea is to create posters to hang around town, which can catch the eye of potential customers and spread the word about your farm’s products and services. With the vast array of online templates available, designing an eye-catching poster has become more accessible than ever.

After selecting a template that resonates with your farm’s aesthetic, you can personalize it by adding your own logo, choosing fonts that reflect your brand, and most importantly, you can use images to enhance its appeal. This customization allows you to convey the unique qualities of your farm, be it fresh produce, organic practices, or community events. A well-designed poster not only serves as an effective marketing tool but also strengthens your farm’s identity in the local community.

Join a Co-op

One of the best ways to increase the visibility of your farm and connect with other farmers in your area is to join a co-op. A co-op is a group of farmers who band together to sell their products collectively, sharing marketing and distribution costs and increasing their overall bargaining power. This can be especially useful for smaller farms that may not have the resources to market or distribute their products independently.

Start Utilizing Sustainable Practices

The farming industry is beginning to recognize the vital importance of sustainability, as more consumers seek out environmentally friendly products. Utilizing sustainable practices such as crop rotation, natural pest control, and water conservation can significantly reduce your impact on the environment while also appealing to sustainability-minded customers. Embracing these practices can help ensure the long-term success of your farming business.

Offer Your Farm for Events

Another way to monetize your farm is by offering it as a venue for events such as weddings, corporate retreats, and festivals. This can provide an additional stream of income while also showcasing your farm to potential customers. Make sure to consider any necessary permits or zoning restrictions before hosting events on your property.

Creating a successful farm and turning it into a profitable business requires careful planning, hard work, and a willingness to continuously learn and adapt. By starting a business, optimizing your land for crops and animals, marketing with brochures, and thinking creatively about seasonal opportunities, you can build a thriving farm that meets the growing demand for locally sourced, organic products.


What To Watch

Seed: The Untold Story

By Nathan Kunkle

Let’s confront a startling reality: 94% of the world’s seed varieties have vanished in the last century. The documentary ‘Seed: The Untold Story’ delves deep into the industrialization of agriculture and its profound impact on seed sovereignty. It vividly portrays how the dominance of large corporations in seed production has led to the erosion of traditional seed varieties and the marginalization of small-scale farmers. This has set off a decline in biodiversity and the spread of monoculture, with far-reaching implications for our food and environment.

The film presents a compelling narrative of individuals fighting to reclaim seed sovereignty and preserve heirloom varieties. Their stories can reshape our perspectives on food and the environment. It is a rallying cry to support sustainable and local farming practices.

‘Seed’ is a captivating and informative exploration of seed sovereignty’s significance and the pressing need for a more equitable and ecological food system. It underscores individuals’ transformative potential to initiate change and delivers a powerful call to action, urging viewers to positively impact their communities. The film is available to stream for free on Peacock or for purchase on other streaming apps. Here is the trailer.

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