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Open Space continues in its vision “to be a dynamic network of properties with important natural or cultural resources managed to benefit people, plants and wildlife by protecting and enhancing view sheds, water resources, wildlife habitat, cultural/historic sites, and prime agricultural land; and providing resource-based recreation and environmental education.”

Overview

The purpose of this strategy is to advance Bernalillo County’s economic, environmental, and social well-being through education, public/private partnerships, and public policy recommendations. Desired results from implementing the Cultivating Bernalillo County include:

Enhance Quality of Life – Strengthen County Open Space infrastructure and protect agricultural land to support local food production and preserve the County’s rich agricultural heritage.

Develop Diverse Economic Opportunities – Create a more robust agricultural economy within the County.

Promote Healthier Lifestyles – Provide underserved communities in the County with better food options and education to promote healthier lifestyles.

For this purposes of this initiative, agriculture is defined in the traditional sense as well as “urban agriculture”, which includes cultivating, processing and distributing food in, or around, the metropolitan area of Bernalillo County. Examples include community, school, backyard, and rooftop gardens, innovative food-production methods that maximize production in a small area, community supported agriculture based in urban areas, and family farms located in metropolitan greenbelts.

Vision

Program vision is to promote a locally-based food and agricultural system on suitable county-owned Open Space properties, and privately-owned properties under an agricultural conservation easement, that advances Bernalillo County’s economic, environmental and social well-being through education, partnerships and public policy recommendations.

Grow the Growers Program

Cultivating Bernalillo County has been the key guiding principle behind the development of our Grow the Growers program. This is a yearly training program that turns passionate emerging farmers into business savvy food production professionals and allows for the strengthening of the local food economy present in this county. Learn more about the program here.

International District Urban Agriculture Plan

In addition to guiding the programmatic direction of our Grow the Growers program, Cultivating Bernalillo County has also influenced capital priorities and decisions made about new Open Space properties. One such result of that was the acquisition of our very first Urban Open Space, which in turn inspired the beginnings of the International District Urban Agriculture Plan. The plan, led by Bernalillo County and the Steering Committee, is a collaborative process between us and eight other project partners working to increase the availability of agricultural and natural demonstration sites in and around the International District. This plan has already and will continue to demonstrate active participation in local agricultural efforts, helped to develop visions of future agricultural development opportunities, and shared knowledge and resources across public and private sector lines. You can view the result of this planning and visioning process here.

 

 

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  • In this workshop, we will use the ABQ Backyard Refuge Program (ABQ BRP) workbook and learn a myriad of ways the Bachechi Open Space might better support local plants and wildlife. Meet with the ABQ BRP team who will feature Bachechi Open Space as an example to demonstrate the first step in becoming a certified habitat – and in turn, be able to certify your own garden as a backyard refuge. Registration closes May 14.
    Time:
    5/15/2021 9:00 AM - 5/15/2021 10:30 AM

  • Join us May 21 - July 31 for a taste of local history through the outdoor exhibit along the agricultural fields on the grounds of Gutiérrez Hubbell House History & Cultural Center, a Bernalillo County Open Space located at 6029 Isleta Blvd SW. The exhibit invites visitors to explore the varied origins and paths to New Mexico of key elements in our local foods. We’ll examine Pueblo agricultural trade and innovation, the impact of Spanish colonization on local crops and foods, and the influence of changing technology on what ingredients are available to New Mexicans. The exhibit tells the story of how generations of farmers and cooks adopted, adapted, and embraced foods from around the globe to create the unique and recognizable flavors that New Mexicans treasure as our local culinary traditions. The exhibit is located outdoors along the agricultural fields, with ample spacing. Downloadable and print guides for self-led tours will be available for those who wish to explore the exhibit alone or with a small group. On-site parking is available dawn-to-dusk, 7 days a week. Check online for updates about free reservations for guided tours of the exhibit and Gutiérrez Hubbell House. Museum hours and tour availability subject to change, in compliance with covid-safe practices. The exhibit will be accompanied by programs provided either online or in hybrid forms that allow digital participation. All Bernalillo County Open Spaces are responding flexibly in the face of changing COVID-19 conditions and public health orders. We will share updated information on site-specific practices and restrictions on this page and recommend you check back before attending the exhibit. The museum and grounds are ADA compliant and NM-Safe Certified. As conditions and restrictions related to COVID-19 change, updated information can be found at both the exhibit website and https:/www.bernco.gov/coronavirus. You can also find the link to our video on Open Space outdoor etiquette during COVID-19 at these locations or on the BernCo YouTube channel. Please call 505-314-0400 for more information or to request accommodation.
    Location:
    Gutierrez-Hubbell House History and Cultural Center, 6029 Isleta SW
    Time:
    5/21/2021 12:00 AM - 7/31/2021 12:00 AM

  • Are you fascinated by the weather? Learn how to stay safe and be prepared. Join National Weather Service of Albuquerque Meteorologist who will teach the basics of severe local storms. This incredible two-hour workshop includes training about thunderstorms, flash floods, downburst winds, tornadoes, and more. This event is part of the volunteer SKYWARN weather spotters and volunteers training for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). Registration closes May 21.
    Time:
    5/22/2021 9:00 AM - 5/22/2021 11:00 AM

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