A forest garden with 500 edible plants could lead to a sustainable future

Instead of neat rows of monoculture, forest gardens combine fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables together in one seemingly wild setting. This type of agroforestry mimics natural ecosystems and uses the space available in a sustainable way. UK-based Martin Crawford is one of the pioneers of forest gardening. Starting out with a flat field in 1994, his land has been transformed into a woodland and serves as an educational resource for others interested in forest gardening. This short film by Thomas Regnault focuses on Crawford’s forest garden, which is abundant, diverse, edible, and might be one answer to the future of food systems.




Healthy Soil Act update 3.5.19

Amendments to the act  are here:  https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/19%20Regular/Amendments_In_Context/HB0204.pdf

The amendments seem to emasculate the act by removing details of carbon sequestration and sustainable practices that define what healthy soil is.  But according to Jeff Goebel of the Climate Consensus Institute, removing the practices but keeping the principles listed on p. 3 above the section that is lined out made it possible to achieve consensus, namely the support of the NM Cattlegrowers Association and the NM Farm and Livestock Bureau.  The principles are:

(1) keeping soil covered;

(2) minimizing soil disturbance on cropland and minimizing external inputs;

(3) maximizing biodiversity;

(4) maintaining a living root; or

(5) integrating animals into land management, including grazing animals, birds, beneficial insects or keystone species, such as earthworms

Without an advisory board, funding, or practices, I’m not sure how seriously NM ag will take the act, but the principles are a start.


3.4.19  HB 204 Passed in House Appropriations Committee today and is heading to the House Floor, then to the Senate, and finally, if all goes well, to the Governor


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Soil Stewards,

Your voices were heard! The Healthy Soil Act passed the Ag&Water Committee this morning with bi-partisan support.

Thank you for your calls and emails, and a very special thank you to those who showed up today, undaunted by winter storms.

We’ll keep you updated about next steps, in the meantime:

Now is a good time to contact your local representatives (House and Senate) and ask them to support the Healthy Soil Act (HB 204).

Contact your legislator:

Kelly Fajardo 



Alonzo Baldonado



Your personal story is always best, or here are some talking points:

Healthy soils provide financial benefits for farmers and ranchers (less cost and greater production), and environmental benefits that affect all of us.
The Healthy Soil Act supports farmers and ranchers in voluntary soil health stewardship, offering education, technical assistance and financial incentives.
The Healthy Soil Act empowers local soil and water conservation districts, tribes, pueblos and acequias to work with land managers to implement soil health stewardship.
The Healthy Soil Act leverages federal funds, providing a match for NRCS and other new grant opportunities in the 2018 farm bill.

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Trump’s pick for US Fish and Wildlife a former Monsanto exec

And she has done and can do some harm.  Article is short, so do read.. Let’s hope she doesn’t get the post.

“If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Skipwith’s duties will include enforcing federal wildlife laws, protecting endangered species, managing migratory birds, and conserving and restoring wildlife habitat.”