Past Meeting Topics

Past monthly meeting topics for the Agriculture Collaborative can be viewed below. Follow the links to view past meeting announcements or meeting summaries.

  1. 2015
  2. 2014
  3. 2013
  4. 2012
  5. 2011
  6. 2010 and Prior
  • Farmer-to-Farmer 2015 Production Planning for ABQ Restaurants (January 2015). 30 producers and supporting organizations gathered to make strategic plans for increased local food production and restaurant sales in 2015.
  • Career Connection and LandLink  (February 2015). Aspiring farmers and ranchers met with experienced agricultural producers to connect across ag opportunities like apprenticeships, farm jobs and land. It was a great time and a fun way to wrap up the first day of the 2015 NM Organic Farming Conference!
  • Vegetable Farming Workshop for Producers! by NMSU Bernalillo and Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service (March 2015). Extension Agents John Garlisch & Newt McCarty presented the "soup to nuts" workshop for producer success in 2015. Topics included soil health, integrated pest management, marketing, certified organic program, cover cropping, hoophouse production and management, and healthy business practices.
  • Traceability: On the Farm; In the Kitchen, what you need to know (April 2015). We held an interactive working session on traceability and what that means for your food/farm business. Speakers presented on good business practices, record keeping, and the realities of selling food in today’s competitive climate.
  • Start-up Foodie! Stories, Opportunities, and Resources (May 2015). We explored the dynamic entrepreneurial spirit within our local food system. Speakers discussed start-up food businesses, food trucks, farming networks, accessing retail, institutional and farmers markets.
  • The Ag Collaborative Joins Forces with the MRCOG Water Resources Board (June 2015).  This first of its kind joint meeting allowed the formal Water Board to hear from our more informal Agriculture Collaborative on issues affecting irrigation, preferable weed reduction practices, and the state of water for the 2015 growing season.
  • No Ag Meeting in July 2015
  • Los Lunas Field Day (August 2015).  As part of its partnership with the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, the Ag Collaborative went on a field trip to the Agriculture Science Center at Los Lunas for the annual Los Lunas Field Day. 
  • New Mexico Food and Farming Planning September 2015),  This two-part meeting looked first at a state-wide planning process developed by students looking at a resilient, sustainable food system, and then at an implementation strategy for a very real program, the NM Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for School Meals.  Discussion focused on food access, sustainable methods, markets—especially schools, and the need for strong farmer training programs.
  • Urban Projects that support collaboration in New Mexico’s local food industry (October 2015).  Partner Delicious New Mexico led a very dynamic discussion with Downtown MainStreet head Lola Bird and Range Café and Standard Diner Restauranteur Matt DiGregori.
  • Agritourism, Quivera, and Local Food Summits (November 2015).  While the Ag Collaborative held no formal meeting in November, it promoted and encouraged collaborative members to meet up at these local and state-side food and agriculture events.
  • Bernalillo County Plans for Agriculture and Farmer Training on Open Space (December 2015). At this meeting, Bernalillo County unveiled a plan to develop a training program on public open space land.  The County sought feedback and input from stakeholders in the local food and agriculture community, and asked the Agriculture Collaborative to facilitate a session to get that feedback.  
  • Start-up Foodie! Stories, Opportunities, and Resources (May 2015). We explored the dynamic entrepreneurial spirit within our local food system. Speakers discussed start-up food businesses, food trucks, farming networks, accessing retail, institutional and farmers markets.
  • Traceability: On the Farm; In the Kitchen, what you need to know (April 2015). We held an interactive working session on traceability and what that means for your food/farm business. Speakers presented on good business practices, record keeping, and the realities of selling food in today’s competitive climate.
  • Vegetable Farming Workshop for Producers! by NMSU Bernalillo & Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service (March 2015). Extension Agents John Garlisch & Newt McCarty presented the "soup to nuts" workshop for producer success in 2015. Topics included soil health, integrated pest management, marketing, certified organic program, cover cropping, hoophouse production and management, and healthy business practices.
  • Career Connection and LandLink  (February 2015). Aspiring farmers and ranchers met with experienced agricultural producers to connect across agriculture opportunities like apprenticeships, farm jobs and land. It was a great time and a fun way to wrap up the first day of the 2015 NM Organic Farming Conference!
  • Farmer-to-Farmer 2015 Production Planning for ABQ Restaurants (January 2015). 30 producers and supporting organizations gathered to make strategic plans for increased local food production and restaurant sales in 2015.