Local Foods, Local Places, Farmington NM

Next Local Food Task Force meeting February 26 10-noon at the San Juan College Small Business Development Center

Local Food Task Force

The goal of the Farmington Local Food Task for is to form a local food task force that assesses local food system infrastructure (value chain) in order to articulate a unified vision for the local food system. This task force will provide a platform for collaboration, advocacy, a curriculum, and the provision of resources. Potential working groups within the task force: Food Hub (distribution), Processing (kitchen), Markets (retail), and Education (marketing, business development, etc.)

The Local Food, Local Places Farmington NM goals include:

Goal 1 – Improve coordination and communication.

 Action 1.1 – Create a team to develop a data plan that identifies data needs such as land information, water data, growers, funding opportunities, mapping, end-user data needs and also use data to identify potential partners.

 Action 1.2 – Develop a resource guide with local resources and information for growers including many important topics such as regulations, grants, markets, techniques, etc.

 Action 1.3 – Create an outreach plan/communication system that identifies existing outreach and communications efforts, assesses the gaps, and makes recommendations on how to better support and coordinate various efforts going forward.

o Action 1.4 – Initiate a full-time coordination staff position for coordinating Local Foods, Local Places.

o Action 1.5 – Work to improve coordination and cooperation both regionally and with the Navajo Nation specifically, both at the government and grassroots levels, to work together on local food system topics, initiatives and Local Foods, Local Places related follow up activities.

Goal 2 – Dream Big: Create a common vision for food, health and agriculture for Farmington and the 4 Corners region

o Action 2.1 – Form a local food task force that assesses local food system infrastructure (value chain) in order to articulate a unified vision for the local food system. This task force will provide a platform for collaboration, advocacy, a curriculum, and the provision of resources. Potential working groups within the taskforce: Food Hub (distribution), Processing (kitchen), Markets (retail), and Education (marketing, business development, etc.)

o Action 2.2 – Form an advisory board to discuss the possibility of creating a land trust, for generating policies for land conservation and preservation of land for agricultural purposes

o Action 2.3 – Create a food market, farmers market, local market or coop on the reservation.

Goal 3 – Realize revitalization opportunities for downtown.

o Action 3.1 – Identify open properties between downtown and river for community multi-use spaces, e.g., gardens, gatherings, recreations, etc.

o Action 3.2 – Coordinate with downtown redevelopment to incorporate edible plantings in its landscape plan. Storefront ownership of the plantings. Establish a sponsorship plan to promote community involvement through donations for downtown redevelopment landscaping elements and planting.

o Action 3.3 – Create an inventory of warehouse and retail spaces in the metropolitan redevelopment area for food distribution and food center.

Goal 4 – Evaluate and enhance the local food system and economy.

o Action 4.1 – Create a production skills training series from home and community gardens to beginning and advanced farmers appropriate to local conditions, e.g., climate, culture, etc.

o Action 4.2 – Assess current seed savers and inventory.

If you have any questions please contact me any time at bhopkins@nmsu.edu

Looking forward, Bonnie

Bonnie Hopkins Agriculture Extension Agent New Mexico State University San Juan County 505-334-9496 office

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The Local Foods, Local Places Event took place in early June 2018. Our steering committee has successfully worked with the planning team and has completed the final report. We are hosting a launch party soon! Sign up to receive our emails or follow us on Facebook for additional details.

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For more information about the National Local Foods, Local Places program visit the EPA website