Young Farmers NM Winter Updates!

As we move into winter and start dreaming about the year ahead, Young Farmers is excited to be implementing our new Strategic Planand preparing for our biggest farm bill campaign yet! Your voice continues to be essential in guiding the Coalition forward. To renew your membership you can join us by clicking here

Huge gratitude to Anita Adalja for helping to support our New Mexico work while I was away on maternity leave! I’m back, with my son Otis Tex by my side, and I’m so excited to return to my work to support and  advocate on behalf of young farmers across the state. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Rio Grande Farmers Coalition Dreaming Party | Saturday, December 11th, 12-3pm | @ the Red Barn, 1701 Montano Rd NW 87107

You are cordially invited to join us in thinking about a mutual future for all who work with and celebrate the land in the Rio Grande Valley. This is a space for dreaming and visioning how we can collaborate, celebrate, and uplift one another in our beloved farming community. This event will be structured as a retreat in which everyone will be invited to contribute. We will provide pens, pencils, paper, and facilitation. It will also be a potluck! Please bring food or drink to share if you can! We will supply plates, cups and utensils. Also a reminder to DRESS WARMLY! This will be an outdoor event. Bathroom facilities, chairs, and tables will be available.

COVID SAFETY: This is an outdoor, mask-mandatory event.

Check out the event details and register here

NMAA Congreso de las Acequias | December 4th, 2021, 10-1:30pm

“This year, we will gather to celebrate our culture, to share experience and knowledge, and to make plans for our collective future. We come together at a time when we face tremendous challenges with drought, climate change, and the ongoing pandemic. At the same time, we are responding with our deep commitment to strengthening our communities, a profound connection to the land and water, and the collective sweat of our brow and sacred rhythm of our hearts.”

General registration and more information is available on the New Mexico Acequia Association website:www.lasacequias.org/congreso/

Food and Farms Day at the Roundhouse |January 27, 2022 

Each year, members of the NM Food and Agriculture Policy Councilhost an award ceremony during the legislative session to celebrate exceptional growers, producers, and supporters of the NM food system. Young Farmer members from across the state use this day to join forces and speak directly with their policymakers to advocate for policy changes that lift up young and beginning producers. More details soon to come!

OPPORTUNITIES

NMDA Agricultural Workforce Development |
Application will remain open until all funding has been expended!

NMDA’s Agricultural Workforce Development Program (AWD) offers incentives to the state’s agricultural businesses to hire interns. The AWD Program is intended to provide hands-on educational opportunities for students aspiring to careers in agriculture, as well as young or beginning farmers and ranchers. NMDA will reimburse qualified agricultural businesses up to 50 percent of the actual cost of hiring a qualified intern, up to $5,000 per internship. Click here for more details. 

Young Farmers Land Fellowship | Application due January 15, 2022

The Land Advocacy Fellowship is a two-year advocacy and leadership fellowship for current and aspiring young farmers and ranchers. Together, we will build momentum and shift power to advocate for policy change in the 2023 Farm Bill that elevates equitable and affordable land access. This fellowship is part of the National Young Farmers Coalition’s One Million Acres for the Future Campaign—an initiative to ensure that land is equitably transitioned to the next generation of farmers by changing policy in the 2023 Farm Bill. Participants will receive a $3,000 annual stipend. To apply click here!

Native Farmer and Rancher Apprentice Network | Application due December 22, 2021

The goal of the First Nations Native Farmer and Rancher Apprenticeship Network is to provide training and Technical Assistance (TA) as well as networking opportunities to a cohort of 30 select Native American Beginning Farmer and Ranchers (BFRs) to expand their business capacity and strengthen land management strategies. Eligible applicants should be located in one of the following six states:  Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Selected Native American beginning farmers and ranchers will receive an incentive not exceeding the amount of $7,500 over the course of 30 months. In addition, each apprentice will receive individualized technical assistance to deepen their work. For more information click here!

NMFMA Micro-Loan Program for Farmers | From $500-$2500

“The New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association (NMFMA) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support farmers and producers who grow and sell food at farmers’ markets and other local and direct marketing venues in New Mexico. With donations received, the NMFMA maintains an account at the Sandia Area Federal Credit Union (SAFCU) with funds to be used as collateral for small loans to New Mexico farmers. This enables the loans to be offered at a low interest rate and as the loans are repaid, the funds can be reused to secure new loans. It is reuse and recycling at its best! For more information visit the NMFMA website.”

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