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    Bernalillo County’s mission is to be an effective steward of county resources and a partner in building a high quality of life for county residents, communities and businesses.

    The Food Forward initiative and the Cultivating Bernalillo County implementation plan will help the county achieve its mission through a locally-based food and agricultural system that advances the county’s economic, environmental and social well-being through education, public/private partnerships and public policy recommendations. Let’s get growing!

    Agriculture and Open Space

    Part of Bernalillo County Open Space's mission is to protect prime agricultural lands. Bernalillo County manages five agriculture-based properties in the South Valley: Sanchez Farm, Durand, Hubbell North, Gutierrez-Hubbell House, and Pajarito Open Space. Through a formal request for proposals process, Bernalillo County obtains lease agreements with the most qualified applicants to manage these properties. All of these properties have perimeter walking trails as part of the prescription trails program, and include other site amenities such as furnishings and signage. Twenty-five percent of these agriculture-based properties are planted for wildlife habitat, while the remaining land is cultivated for food or grains. A new initiative called Food Forward is being pursued to further support local agriculture and produce year-round food for people on the Open Space agriculture properties.

    Food Forward

    Food Forward focuses on strengthening the local food movement as an important economic development driver for the agricultural sector. The initiative began in 2013 after a county contingent attended the Institute for Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy in Memphis, Tennessee. Since their return, the county convened three Food Forward meetings in 2014 for local food growers, value-added producers and food distributors in addition to many local, state and federal government stakeholders. As a result of these meetings, personal interviews and an online survey, much was learned about the challenges food producers face such as access to labor, capital and equipment.

    While Food Forward meetings and interviews have helped draw public input, Cultivating Bernalillo County is the county’s programmatic vision to turn these challenges into measurable milestones on its four agricultural properties. Key points from the Cultivating Bernalillo County implementation plan include:

    • Affordable access to arable land and reliable water: Currently, the county has a pilot farm lease program that has local farmers growing food and forage on its agricultural properties in the South Valley. In addition, the county’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan (PROS Plan) is in development and will outline strategies for preserving and protecting agricultural land.
    • Increase the amount of year-round food produced on county land: Without hoop houses and drip irrigation, year-round food production is a farming fantasy. The installation of appropriate infrastructure will help local growers cultivate a well-rooted reality.
    • Introduce the Bernco Bernie Veggie Van to food desert communities: Educate citizens about the importance of local agriculture by providing nutrition information and healthy food preparation demonstrations in local communities without good access to locally-produced fresh fruits and vegetables. A retrofitted county van and SNAP partnership will make this good food affordable and accessible!
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    • Bernalillo County residents can register now at 111 Union Square SE in Albuquerque 87102 for fall and winter sports leagues. The fall Adult Softball League begins Sept. 15 and concludes with a sin...

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    Community Services
    • Discover the fascinating world right outside your backyard and how you can take an active part in understanding, caring for and studying your environment. Presenter: National Weather Service Meteorologist Interested in learning how to stay safe and be prepared in a variety of weather conditions? At this workshop a meteorologist will teach the basics of severe local storms to include thunderstorms, flash floods, downburst winds, tornadoes and more.
      Location:
      Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
      Time:
      8/21/2019 6:00 PM - 8/21/2019 8:30 PM

    • Location:
      Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 NM-333 Tijeras
      Time:
      8/24/2019 10:30 AM - 8/24/2019 1:30 PM

    • Plant Walk (9-11 a.m.) Take an easy stroll around the gardens and grounds of Bachechi Open Space and learn about native medicinal plants of our area that are most useful for our health and well-being. Discussion topics will include harvesting, herbal actions, preparations, cultivation, and plant ecology. The walk will be approximately 1.5 hours, and, if you would like, please bring note-taking materials. Grape Harvest (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Join us to celebrate the grape harvest. Help pick grapes fresh from the vines at Bachechi to make and then sample homemade grape juice.
      Location:
      Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
      Time:
      8/25/2019 9:00 AM - 8/25/2019 1:00 PM

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