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Sustainable Food Systems in Mora, New Mexico

IMG_20150221_093855Main Street Project was invited to present our sustainable food systems work at a community gathering in Mora, New Mexico on Saturday, February 21, sponsored by the Rural Communities Assistance Corporation (RCAC) and Collaborative Visions, a citizen-led community development coalition in Mora County, organized in 2010 to promote a sustainable economic future.

Approximately 30 farmers, entrepreneurs and civic leaders attended the daylong session on Saturday. The morning was devoted to a presentation on Main Street Project’s integrated poultry model work. The response from the assembled was enthusiastic with questions about how much it would cost farmers to implement the system; to how soon could they start, to what next steps would be if they wanted to pursue it as a component of a regional food system plan.

The afternoon was dedicated to more specific planning with the RCAC team guiding a conversation about whether this was the right approach (it was) and next steps.

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Mora Cooperative leaders and RCAC staff met with us in Santa Fe. Pictured from left to right, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Roger Gonzales, Veronica Serna, Ellen Drew and Michael Utter.

The alignment of conditions in Mora, many established small farms, organic vegetable production, small-scale Animal Welfare Approved egg production…combined with a strategic interest in expanding production and using food and agriculture as an economic engine, gave us the feeling like this might be a place where something very important could occur.

It was an honor to be with so many incredible leaders working for a sustainable future. We look forward to continuing the conversation.