Coronavirus: Information, Resources, and Updates for New Mexico’s Local Food and Farming Community

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Announcements

The New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association has a job opening for a Communications Administrator

For a complete job description, download the job announcement  here

Covid-19 Local Food Supply Chain Response Fund Infrastructure Grant Program Application for NM Farmers & Ranchers

The application deadline closed on March 17th.  We will contact awardees directly in early April.  If you have not heard back by April 12, email Sarah Grant.  

The application deadline of March 17, 2021 at 5:00 PM is now past.


New Mexico Grown Approved Supplier Program

If you are a grower interested in selling your locally grown food to New Mexico schools, senior centers or early childhood sites, consider becoming an Approved Supplier. Deadlines for the FY21-22 school year are:

  • Priority deadline: March 1, 2021 For returning vendors and open to new vendors. Vendors will be approved to sell by June 1, 2021.
  • Secondary deadline: June 1, 2021 Vendors will be approved by September 1, 2021.
  • Rolling Approval deadline: Available to prospective vendors on a case-by-case basis.

If you will be selling to the schools during the 2021-2022 school year as a NEW vendor, you must complete an approved food safety training course. See a list of training options here.

After completing an approved food safety training course, you can apply to become an Approved Supplier by using one of these applications:

English – Individual

English – Food Hub

Spanish – Individual

Spanish – Food Hub

Visit the NM Grown page for more information and download the Approved Supplier Program Packet for a program overview.

These resources are also available on the PED website

For more information contact:
Ashley Taylor
Local Food and Farming Program Coordinator
505-983-4010 ext 1
ashley@farmersmarketsnm.org


Farmers' Market and Vendor Guidelines During COVID-19 Crisis

Read below the March 3, 2021 farmers' market guidance from the Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Our office has recently reconsidered the restrictions for farmers' markets. I am happy to provide some new guidance. Farmers markets are categorized as an essential businesses that is a "retail space" in the Public Health Order. Farmers' markets are part of this category because they are businesses that generate more than one-third of their revenue from the sale of consumable food and beverages. If a farmers' market generates more than one-third of their revenue from food and beverage goods, non-food vendors may participate within the same market. However, farmers' markets are subject to the occupancy limits for essential businesses identified as retail spaces for the county they operate in.  Farmers' markets must also comply with the applicable COVID Safe Practices.

At this time artisan markets that consist solely of non-food vendors may not operate. We are continually reevaluating the Public Health Order and hope to have guidance regarding those markets and events in the near future. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.   

Sincerely,

Maria S. Dudley

Associate General Counsel

Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Suite 400 |Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

maria.dudley@state.nm.us

505-476-2210


Farmer Food Safety Trainings 

Farmer food safety trainings are now online for ALL growers, including those planning to sell to schools, senior centers, and early childhood sites through the New Mexico Grown Approved Supplier Program.

Click here for our updated listing of upcoming online food safety trainings.

If you are interested in food safety training but are not intending to sell through the Approved Supplier Program, you can attend these trainings without any additional application. Also, open-source viewing of the NMFMA's food safety video modules (no quizzes or course certificate) can be found here.


Are You a Grower with Food to Sell?

If you are a grower with surplus food to move due to changing circumstances with your regular buyers at farmers' markets, schools, restaurants, or other venues, please fill out this very short form to let us know what you have to sell and we can assist you. 


Critical Infrastructure Letter

March 24, 2020 (From Larry Dominguez, NMDA, Industry Relations)

"In an effort to assist the NM agricultural industry during this pandemic emergency and given the Public Health Order issued by the NM Department of Health on March 23, 2020 which closes all businesses except for those deemed essential, Secretary Witte asked for a template letter be provided to food and agriculture sector businesses deemed "critical infrastructure" and which will continue to operate under the Public Health Order. Companies can edit this template letter as appropriate to include letterhead, contact information, and a more specific description of your company and function. We recommend employees be provided with a copy of the letter to carry with them. The intent is to help facilitate a continued uninterrupted food and agriculture supply chain."


Public Health Order Released

March 24, 2020

The Public Health Order released on March 24th deems farmers' markets and similar food outlets "Essential Businesses" that can continue selling food to New Mexicans. Read the Public Health Order  here to view the complete list. 


Farm Business Sustainability Amid Coronavirus

March 18, 2020

Here is a best practices document for farms amid novel coronavirus (COVID-19) including farm workers, equipment, facilities, food handling, and more. 



Online Food Safety Training: Tier 2 Webinar

May 20, 2021

This Tier 2 training will be a LIVE webinar via Zoom.

Introduction to Holistic Management® Whole Farm/Ranch Planning

October 04, 2021

In this course you will learn how to effectively manage your farm or ranch through the principles and practices of Holistic Management® — a nationally recognized whole fa...