Sunday, June 9, 2013

Local Seeds = Local Food at the Tri-County Farmers' Market

SeedBroadcast was invited to the Tri-County Farmers' Market for the 2013 opening-season festival in Las Vegas, New Mexico. From seeds, fresh local foods, vibrant watersheds, and getting back into our kitchens to cook, this celebration was a declaration for people, land, and health.  There was an excellent turn out of farmers and gardeners with vegetables, herbs, plants, and eggs along with home-made artisinal crafts, art, and wellness products. People came from all over the area to celebrate and show their support for local agriculture.

Armand Saiia of Infinity Farms brings a truck load of greens to the tractors, much love, dedications, and great veggies!
 Chef George Dimsey demonstrates cooking with seasonal produce and making the best food ever!

There were also many activities taking place like cooking demonstrations, farm animals to pet, and local musicians creating an air of feast.  Community organizations were present to discuss issues surrounding the local Gallinas Watershed, home resource conservation, and organizing a community garden in the heart of town.

With the drought, many home gardeners in the city and acequia farmers on the outskirts have been left with no water for farms and gardens. This crisis has set the stage for many pro-active projects which individuals are organizing to assert democracy and the essential human rights of citizens to a healthy, vibrant, and productive environment. This action has built a powerful coalition of voices declaring, "Farming and Water! Not Fracking! and questioning the future vision of quality and development for the city of Las Vegas.

Local activist, educator, mother, and concerned citizen, Anamaria Armijo-Glenn, along with Gerogina Ortega and Miguel Angel of Casa de Cultura are up'ing the ante and sending a shout out to everyone in Las Vegas to join them in organizing and building a community garden to take back their rights for active food sovereignty. It will be called La Milpa Community Garden and it will be located at Miguel's historic family home and garden in old town. They presented this concept at the market and are inviting everyone interested to attend a planning meeting on June 21, 4pm at Travelers' Cafe in Las Vegas. Here is Anamaria's seed story of inspirations and dreams for this project:

SeedBroadcaster, Chrissie Orr talks with visitors at the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station

The Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station shared seed resources, seed stories, seeds, and conversation. Several local SeedBroadcasters (folks who had shared their farms and gardens with us in 2011 and who have been inspirations since) came by to share seeds, transplants, and support. Old-timers talked about historic seed types and their love of growing. 

Several seed stories were also shared with us while we were at the Tri-County Farmers' Market and they will be coming up shortly in the next stay tuned and keep it seedy. Also, if you or anyone you know is interested in contributing a seed story to these broadcasts contact us and we can conduct a recording with you.
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