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taos food center

What a great model!

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Taos Food Center
Food is at the heart of the cultures and people of Northern New Mexico. The Taos Food Center is at the heart of TCEDC”s activities in supporting the people, cultures, and food of Northern New Mexico. The Taos Food Center is a 5,000 sq. ft. commercial kitchen that has the equipment, services, and support that you need to get your food business started! Over 40 local food businesses currently work out of the Taos Food Center, making everything from fresh traditional salsas to delicious organic scones. Equipment available in the facility includes: dry storage, a large walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer space, convection ovens, fryers, steam kettles, a vacuum sealer, two commercial fruit presses, a flash-pasteurizer for juice, and a semi-automatic canning line that includes a filler and capper.

Support services for the food businesses include specialized training, product development, pH testing, regulatory assistance with NMED and FDA requirements, business development and cooperative marketing assistance. Over 85 community members have graduated from TCEDC\’s specialty foods course, “The Food Sector Opportunity” program. This course offers participants the basics of the history and culture of food in Northern New Mexico, food safety, packaging, labeling, government food regulations, and specialty foods product development and marketing.

The Food Sector Opportunity Project began in February 2000. This project provides not only access to the Taos Food Center, but the technical training that is necessary for food processing, support of other food processors, and support services from the TCEDC staff to succeed in developing a business or job in the food sector. The core of the project is a week long, 30 hour class covering all the basics of food processing, from the history and culture of food in Northern New Mexico to microbiology and food safety. The course also covers basic small business skills and computer skills for food entrepreneurs. Guest instructors and partners in the project include: The food technologist from New Mexico State, NM Environment Department, La Plaza Telecommunity, and FDA regional staff.

Cooperation also describes the other elements of the Food Sector Opportunity Project, the cause-marketing campaign. Existing business and new graduates of the program got together and created a logo, slogan, and marketing plan for a cooperative marketing campaign that highlighted the causes that the Taos Food Center and its tenants exemplify.
Out of this effort came the beautiful “Oso Good Foods” logo with labels and marketing material that tell the “Oso Good Foods” story. The “Oso Good” phrase was chosen to reflect the delicious and all-natural nature of Northern New Mexico Foods and “Oso”(Spanish for bear) for the bears that roam the mountains around Taos. The marketing campaign includes “Oso Good” stickers for all products of participating businesses and special “Oso Good” display shelves at local retailers Continue reading

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ranch jobs!

via the Quivera Coalition.


Quivira Coalition – Land & Water Program Opportunity
Summer Watershed Restoration Intern: Download the PDF for full job descrption & application. The Quivira Coalition seeks a 2013 summer intern who is passionate about land health to assist with a variety of tasks linked to our Comanche Creek Watershed Restoration project. The intern will work under the direct supervision of Mollie Walton, Ph.D., Quivira’s Land & Water Program Director. This is an amazing opportunity and involves projects that will require both field work and office work. Interested? Take a look at the application – pdf attached in this email – and apply as soon as possible. Dr. Walton will be filling this position as soon as possible.
Other Great Opportunities:
A few of the opportunities listed below were in the April newsletter. Khalsa Greenhouses is hoping to find one additional intern who would be interested in over-wintering with them – see job description and contact info below if you’re interested. Chico Basin is good to keep in mind if you’re interested in ranching, and can plan several months ahead of time. Spur Lake has regular openings for people with horseback experience…. Zapata Ranch is listed again, but with new positions… Continue reading

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new mexico internship opportunity

Greetings from the Terrible High Desert!IMG_1220
We have a unique opportunity to work on 3 farms located within 5 miles of each other near Abiquiu New Mexico in the Lower Chama River Valley.  We live and farm in a strange and fascinating cultural and historical area.  Drive across the highway to an unexcavated Tewa pueblo abandoned in the 1500′s, swim in the lake under the shadows of multi colored cliffs, and learn how to irrigate from a 278 year old Acequia.

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farm internship in new mexico

We are looking for a Farm Intern to assist our Base Camp’s Farm Manager and Educator in caring for our high altitude vegetable garden and a flock of hens, while offering daily educational activities for our ‘trekkers’ ages 10 to 18.

Gulch Farm

The Farm Intern should have experience or willingness to learn about organic gardening and engaging children in a meaningful, fun and educational manner.

Enjoy inspiring young people?
Interested in living in the Southwest for the summer?
Curious about what it takes to grow food in the desert?
This could be your chance to be a part of a dynamic group of dedicated educators where you can learn new skills, incorporate your passion and contribute to our mission! Continue reading

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job in new mexico

samilla2La Semilla Food Center is seeking an experienced organic Farm Manager to oversee daily production operations of La Semilla Youth Farm. The Farm Manager will be responsible for ensuring diversified vegetable and fruit production of 3-5 acres in year one, with increasing production in subsequent years.

The mission of La Semilla Youth Farm is to increase access to fresh and locally grown produce for families, increase access to sustainable agriculture training opportunities, demonstrate the viability of small and sustainable agriculture, and inspire a new generation of farmers, food activists, and engaged community members in the Paso del Norte region.

La Semilla Youth Farm is located in Anthony, NM on 12 acres of farmland. The Farm Manager will be responsible for ensuring diversified vegetable and fruit production of 3-5 acres in year one, with increasing production in subsequent years. In addition to managing production, the Farm Manager will collaborate with staff to provide educational workshops and identify marketing opportunities for distribution of farm products within the region. The Farm Manager will help create long term strategies and goals to develop La Semilla Youth Farm into an economically viable, sustainable education and demonstration farm. Ideal candidates will also have experience working with diverse populations and help to teach beginning farmers.

For more information, please visit

If interested in joining our team, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references, subject line ‘Farm Manager’ or fax to   (575) 616-7037 by Friday, December 14, 2012.

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NYFC seeks a western organizer!

A great opportunity to work with the National Young Farmers’ Coalition in the Colorado River Basin.

The National Young Farmers’ Coalition seeks a full-time Colorado River Basin Organizer to build 7 new young farmers coalition affiliates in Colorado River Basin states (AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT, WY) and promote various campaigns with partner organizations to ensure the sustainability of farming in the region.


  • Organizing 7 new NYFC affiliate groups in AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT and WY with volunteers.
  • Hosting at least one event in each of these states as an introduction to the National Young Farmers’ Coalition
  • Building a highly engaged group of farmers and citizens in support of young and beginning farmers in these states Continue reading

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job posting at camino de paz school – new mexico

Farm Manager Position (Horticulture) – Camino de Paz School & Farm

Contact Info:

Horticulture Manager is responsible for 2 acres of year-round produce production (includes 5,000 sq ft of greenhouses), 2 acres of fruit, 4 acres pasture and wildlife. Directs a daily work crew of 2 to 4 adolescents for 1 hr of field work and 30 minutes of related classroom instruction — students rotate every 8 weeks. Working closely with the Farm Director, the manager and students develop the farm planting plan, and do the cultivation and harvesting.  Maintains relations with distribution channels & organic certification.  Horticulture Manager is one of several teachers that together develop the farm-school curriculum.  Other subject teachers include: dairy, poultry, sheep & goat and horse.  The farm curriculum is designed for age 11 and above.

At Camino de Paz Montessori Farm School, located 25 miles north of Santa Fe, N.M., adolescents participate fully in both farm management and operations. Students operate a Grade A goat dairy, attend farmers markets, distribute through co-ops, maintain a CSA and directly market products throughout northern New Mexico. The farm is horse powered and uses organic, biodynamic and permaculture principles. Visit our website:

5 years profitable farm produce and fruit growing experience, team work and good communication skill, college degree.

Desired Skills:
Draft horse experience, bilingual Spanish, Montessori/Waldorf experience, NAMTA Adolescent certification.  Holistic Management, Permaculture, Biodynamic, CSA experience.

Commensurate, room & board, health insurance.

This is at a non-profit organization.


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NYFC + greenhorns in santa fe

Join the National Young Farmers’ Coalition on Sunday, Oct. 2 in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a FREE New Agrarian Farm Tour & Mixer!!
*Meet at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion at 7am (sharp), and then carpool to Taos, NM to tour the Taos County Economic Development Corporation (TCEDC) facility with a special Mobile Matanza demonstration (goat processing); explore Sol Feliz Farm with Miguel Santestevan, featuring Native American and Hispanic traditional dryland farming techniques, seed saving and acequia expertise; Continue reading

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young agrarians in NM

 Quivira Coalition is proud to present our 10th Anniversary Conference – NEW AGRARIANS: How the Next Generation of Leaders Tackle 21STCentury Challenges
Tuesday – Thursday, November 8 – 10, 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 What is New Agrarianism“New Agrarianism is an ecological economy centered on food and land health that builds resilience, encourages ethical relationships, and celebrates life.” - Courtney White, Executive Director of Quivira Coalition
Quivira’s 10th Anniversary conference brings together some of the most exciting and innovative ranchers, farmers and land stewards across the country: New AgrariansContinue reading

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quivera coalition conference

This conference is many months away, but you’ll want it on your calendar.  They’ll be focusing on young agrarians.

November 8-10 Albuquerque, NM
Quivira Coalition‘s 10th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
This year’s theme will focus on the challenges and possible solutions for ranching, farming and conservation in the future with special attention to the next generation.


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