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NMFMA Local Food Connects Annual Conference

Save the dates March 8-10 (Wednesday-Friday) for the NMFMA 2023 Local Food Connects 23rd Annual Conference! This year's conference will be held in person at the Santa Fe Community College. We look forward to seeing you! Check this page periodically for more details.

Until then, you can access the NMFMA 2022 Local Food Connects 22nd Annual Conference handouts and session recordings below. The 2022 conference was held Tuesday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 25.

Download the 2022 conference handouts, which are valuable resources all year: 

View recordings of the 2022 conference sessions on our YouTube channel.


DAY ONE, Tuesday, Feb. 22 

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.                      Historical and Cultural Perspectives on Agriculture in New Mexico:

Join Porter Swentzell, PhD, of the Institute of American Indian Arts for a presentation about how agriculture in New Mexico has changed since Pre-Columbian times. There will be a Q&A session moderated by Juan Abeyta, NMFMA Regional Food Systems Partnership project specialist.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.                    BREAK


12 p.m. - 1 p.m.                      State of the Plate 2022

Join the NMFMA’s Executive Director Denise Miller as she takes a quick scan of 2021 program highlights and spotlights what’s ahead for the local food and farming system in New Mexico this year. Time for a Q&A will be included.


1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.                 Board Elections

Hear from the NMFMA’s board president and candidates for the five open board member positions. If you are a member in good standing, you will be emailed a unique link to vote for the open board positions immediately after this session ends. Voting will close on Friday, Feb. 25 at 5:00 p.m.


1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.             Community Builder Skill Up

 Are tensions high and misunderstandings flying overhead? Do you sometimes wonder how relationships can spiral into hard feelings and miscommunication? Community builders often find themselves trudging through conflict and hard-to-navigate decisions. In moments of tension, we can often exacerbate our anxieties and biases regarding race, gender, class and/or accessibility. In this session with Sarah A. Silva, CPC, from Emergent Coaching & Facilitation, we will discuss tools that can ease conflict, invite inclusivity, and learn about ways to make decisions quickly and through consensus (yes, really!).

DAY TWO, Wednesday, Feb. 23 — MANDATORY for current and prospective Double Up Food Bucks and FreshRx farmers’ markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and CSAs

9 a.m. - 11a.m.                     Double Up Food Bucks & FreshRx, Part 1 - MANDATORY

During this annual workshop presented by Sarah Thompson, Double Up Food Bucks program manager, and Kirsten Hansen, FreshRx program coordinator (NMFMA), you will learn about important program updates and How To’s that affect your customers, vendors, and communities.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Break

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.                   Double Up Food Bucks & FreshRx, Part 2 - MANDATORY

Continue learning about important program updates, and enjoy a brief presentation about the FreshRx program at health clinics from Alondra Hernandez with La Familia Medical Center.

DAY THREE, Thursday, Feb. 24 

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.                    WIC Annual Training: IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR 2022!

This is the year we’ve all been waiting for when the WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs will both be going electronic! Say goodbye to unsigned checks, dried out market stamps, and overall program waste. Come learn how these programs will now work at your market! Hear from the NM Department of Health’s Sarah Flores-Sievers and Veronica Griego, WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market nutrition program director and New Mexico Farmers’ Market programs manager, respectively. You won't want to miss this training!

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.                 Break

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.                   The Modern Day Alternative - The Real Reality 

Join New Mexico’s legendary activist and spiritual leader Chili Yazzie for a presentation on Indigenous farming. There will be time for Q&A.

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.                Legislative Update 

Kendal Chavez, food and hunger coordinator in the Office of the Governor will provide an overview of the Food, Farm, and Hunger Initiative successes from the recently finished legislative session. Includes Q&A.

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.                Urban and Rural Farmers’ Market Open Forums

Join breakout rooms for a lively discussion about issues and activities faced by managers in urban areas and rural areas. 

  • The Urban Farmers’ Market Breakout Room will be facilitated by Danielle Schlobohm of the Albuquerque Downtown Growers’ Market and Karin Bradshaw of the Farmers’ & Crafts Market of Las Cruces 
  • The Rural Farmers’ Market Breakout Room will be facilitated by Trini King of the Shiprock Farmers’ Market. 

DAY FOUR, Friday, Feb. 25 

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.                   New Market Manager Orientation 

If you are a new market manager just getting your feet on the ground (or would like a quick refresher!), then this session was made for you! Join the NMFMA’s Engagement Director Christina Keibler and GoodFoodNM Coordinator and farmers’ market liaison Michael Green as they walk you through NMFMA services such as liability insurance, promotional funds, market logistics, market data, and more. 

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.               Marketing Tools + Resources

In this session you’ll hear about the NMFMA’s marketing efforts from 2021, and what is planned for 2022! Join the NMFMA’s Engagement Director Christina Keibler and GoodFoodNM Coordinator Michael Green to learn more about NMFMA marketing tools and what you can do to help increase awareness about local food and farming in the state.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.               Break

12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.         The NM Grown Approved Supplier Program

Sophia Rose, the NMFMA farmer programs coordinator, and Michael Venticinque, NMFMA value chain coordinator, will discuss the state’s Farm-to-Institution Program and how farmers can become Approved Suppliers. This session is intended for farmers as well as market managers who are also interested in learning more about this important program.

12:30 - 2 p.m.                    Practice and Integration — Be Sure You Stay for This!

What will you do with all you learned here? Before heading out the door to your other important responsibilities, take some time to slow down, reflect and think through how you and your community will integrate that which you learned and discussed at our conference. In this session you will leave with at least a clear outline of next steps, next conversations and what you need to support you through your role back home.

Closing thoughts, and see you at your market or next year!

Need assistance?

  • For general conference and registration information, contact Membership Coordinator Catherine Baca, via email or call 505-983-4010 x3. 
  • For Zoom assistance contact GoodFoodNM Coordinator Michael Green at or 505-250-8880.

Board Election Information 

  • There are five openings on the NMFMA Board of Directors. Board membership applications are now closed. 
  • Voting to fill the board positions will open on Tuesday, Feb. 22 and close on Friday, Feb. 25.
  • If you are a member in good standing, you will be emailed a unique link to vote for the open board positions immediately after this session ends. Voting will close on Friday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.

Any questions about the board election should be directed to Board Chair Jedrek Lamb at