In the current crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, our global interdependency and at the same time, the importance of resilient, local food systems has become very clear. Immense gratitude to our state’s farmers and ranchers who continue to serve our communities. Here are a few ways to show compassion and support each other.
New Mexico farmers and ranchers have lost critical outlets for their produce due to the COVID crisis. Buying local not only supports them, but also gives you access to the safest and most nutritious food available. Consider the following options –and make them a healthy habit that lasts!
- Buy at local stores. Seek out products that are sourced in state and produced responsibly. For example, purchase meat from Sweet Grass Cooperative, comprised of family-owned ranches in New Mexico and Colorado that raise beef in a humane manner that is good for the land. Look for their meat at select local stores, including La Montañita Coop.
- Shop at Farmers Market. Deemed essential businesses, farmers markets are staying open, although summer markets may get a later start due to the pandemic. Find your local farmers’ market on this statewide map. Extra sanitation and distancing make for a safe shopping experience.
- Join a local CSA –Community Supported Agriculture. Your investment helps farmers have the cash they need to get started in the springtime. In turn, you will regularly receive a box of fresh, local produce. There are different ways to sign up and some CSAs offer flexibility in what you can order –check out this statewide listing of local CSAs to find a CSA that’s right for you.
- If you are in Northern New Mexico, a new CSA has just been formed. Sign up for the Crisis Collective CSA at crisiscsacollective.square.site.
- Buy from farmers and ranchers directly. Many innovative direct-marketing solutions are occurring all over the state, including drive-by pick-ups, pop-up farmstands and home delivery options. To find out what your favorite purveyor is offering, contact them directly, follow them on social media (facebook or instagram) or join their mailing list!
Here are just a few examples –this is by no means a comprehensive list:
- If you are in the Albuquerque area, sign up for the Produce Pick-Up at the Whole Heart Farm website –fresh spring vegetable offerings.
- Downtown Growers Market Albuquerque is postponed until further notice, but in the interim you can order from participating vendors on their website. Check the Downtown Growers Market Albuquerque website for instructions and to participate in this EBT/SNAP friendly Pre-Order Pick-Up!
- Visit C4 Farms website to order online for home delivery of grass-finished beef products in Northern New Mexico.
- Order online with Desert Spoon Food Hub to pick up a Weekly Farm Box or arrange for Home Delivery. Serving the El Paso and Las Cruces area.
- Beck & Bulow, based in Santa Fe, offers local bison, elk, boar and lamb shipped to your door wherever you are. Visit their website ranchtodoor.com for more info and ordering options.
Where To Find Local Provisions
Edible NM put together a comprehensive, searchable statewide database with restaurants, coffee shops, farms, and other businesses offering take-out, family-style meals, curbside pickup, delivery options, and gift cards. Check back often for updates.
The AgriGate is a regional platform to connect food producers to food buyers in Santa Fe County. Search the Food Community Map for a CSA near you or the products you want to buy and be directly connected to the purveyor. There’s also an extensive statewide list of organizations providing food access and other critical resources.
Food Banks need Your Support
While farmers have trouble selling product, others in our state go hungry. With unemployment sky-rocketing, many more people are frequenting food banks, who are in urgent need of donations and volunteers. If you are healthy and able to, please consider a gift of time, food or funds to the food bank serving your county!Find your local foodbank at NMfoodbanks.org
Our tribal communities are hardest hit by COVID and need your support! Donate to support relief efforts:
NATIVE AMERICAN RELIEF FUND
To help provide emergency relief—a team of funders and community leaders have joined forces to raise $3 million for COVID-19 relief for Navajo, Apache and Pueblo Nations in New Mexico.
Go to New Mexico Community Foundation website to donate
Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund
Over the next several weeks, this COVID-19 Response Fund will directly support families and children living within the Navajo Nation, New Mexico and tribes in South Dakota.
Go to NB3 website to donate
Grow a Garden –Grow Healthy SoilRodale Institute Gardening and Outdoor Resources for Kids How to plant a Climate Victory Garden
Take care of Your Health
Fresh, local, healthy food is our best medicine:
Watch Dr. Christine Jone’s presentation on soil health –the basis for plant, animal & human health
Regenerative Ag Day 2020 in Santa Fe