Gearing up at the garden

April 18th, 2014

The Rio Grande Community Farm is now accepting new members to join its 2-acre community garden. After a challenging 2013 season marked by water curtailments, the community garden will bounce back in 2014 with the addition of newly acquired water rights that ensure sufficient irrigation on the property.

Membership at the community garden includes access to a variety of seeds, hand tools and other gardening materials, irrigation water, and use of your own 80’ long, 2’ wide plot of land. Workshops and a demonstration garden are also offered on site to members as well as the general public.

Groups such as school classes, church groups, and other non-profit organizations are also welcome and encouraged to sign up for a plot. Rio Grande Community Farm invites interested organizations to become garden members and utilize the space for gardening and much more.

The community garden sits in the northwest corner of the Los Poblanos Fields Open Space in the North Valley. Many different vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees are grown at the garden, including a variety of perennials at the Alvarado School Garden’s pollinator habitat area.

On Saturday and Sunday this weekend, the garden will have its 2014 kick-off with orientation for members, an open house for visitors and potential gardeners, and a workday for volunteers. All are welcome between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information on community garden membership, or to sign up for a row, visit www.riograndefarm.org/programs/community-garden.

Seeking Board Members

September 5th, 2013

Rio Grande Community Farm (RGCF) is a non-profit, educational farm in the North Valley. Our mission is to improve the health of our community through sustainable agriculture, education, and fresh food.

Our programs include demonstration of sustainable agriculture, 2-acre community garden, gardening education, Farm to School, food donations, young farmer training, annual Maize Maze, and urban wildlife habitat enhancement.

RGCF is seeking board members. The Board of Directors meets once a month for two hours. In addition to preparing for and attending board meetings, board members are asked to serve on at least one committee. Committee schedules vary depending on focus and time of year.

Please see the board job description.

We are looking for individuals with the following expertise:

  • Banking

  • Law (general, water or natural resource)

  • Farming

  • Small business

  • Accounting

  • Advertising

  • Public relations and marketing

  • Fundraising

  • Event planning

  • Advocacy with elected officials

  • Public speaking

  • Writing skills (website, newsletters, grant proposals, fundraising letters)

 

Paraguay to Farm Camp

July 3rd, 2013

Edible Santa Fe covers RGCF in new article: PARAGUAY TO FARM CAMP: RED BEET CUPCAKES AND HIBISCUS TEA by Gail Guengerich

Fractals & Farming

April 25th, 2013

fractals

Zoom into the infinite world of fractals in this dramatic & beautiful live show accompanied by original electronic music in stunning surround sound. Experience an awe-inspiring immersive journey that will expand your mind & delight your senses. This event will be similar to the award-winning First Friday Fractals show but with less talk & more fractals! Showings at 7, 8, & 9pm. Attendees are free to explore the museum before/after the show (Titanic exhibit not included).

- Soo Bak food truck on hand 7-10pm with delicious Korean foods
- Free chocolate samples provided by Theobroma Chocolatier 
- Tractor Brewing cash bar with one free drink ticket included with admission (21+)

The Fractal Foundation & Rio Grande Community Farm have joined forces to present this event. Proceeds go to fund the Maize Maze–this year’s theme: FRACTALS!

Get Tickets: http://fractalmaze.brownpapertickets.com/

Adults: $20 Kids: $10

Fractals! from Jonathan Wolfe on Vimeo.

Community Garden Rows Now Available!

February 6th, 2013

544001_585244711490771_39911317_nRio Grande Community Farm’s Community Garden has many rows now available! Each row is $40 a year. Community Garden membership goes through December 2013. Membership includes seeds, tools, water, flood irrigation (April- October) and workshops throughout the year!

Interested? Have questions? Contact Greg at rgcfgarden@gmail.com

NRCS Managing Your Soil Health

January 18th, 2013

Rio Grande Community Farm was the focus of this NCRS Article on unlocking the secrets in the soil.

Final Report for Subsurface Drip Irrigation Project

November 12th, 2012

Download the SDI Final Report for the Subsurface Drip Irrigation Project.

Seeking Development Director

November 6th, 2012

Rio Grande Community Farm is seeking to find a Development Director. Please download the announcement.

RGCF featured in coverage by USDA and America’s Heartland

November 1st, 2012

This summer and fall, Rio Grande Community Farm has had its work highlighted across the country, from a review of the 2012 Maize Maze in Local Flavor (photos here), to video spotlights by America’s Heartland and the USDA.

In partnership with the USDA, RGCF has installed and maintained a sub-surface drip irrigation system, improving water efficiency as a model of low-impact irrigation for farms across the country. See the video below for more information on our irrigation methods.

America’s Heartland highlights other aspects of our vision of sustainability, including urban accessibility and our farmer training program. Follow their programs online for more coverage of national agriculture news and trends.

We here at Rio Grande Community Farm believe strongly in the principles and values of public and sustainable farming, and want to thank our partners for documenting our approach to today’s issues. A large component of our mission is to show how through community programs and advanced agricultural practices, all scales of agriculture– from self-production and small-scale farming, all the way up to conventional and large-scale production– can thrive in our increasingly challenging economic and environmental circumstances.

Haunting at the Maze this weekend

October 23rd, 2012

For the final weekend of the 2012 Maize Maze, part of the maze will be converted into a Haunted Maze, in a partnership with the Public Academy for Performing Arts and local area filmmakers. The Haunted Maze leads participants along a walk-through story, with amphibian-themed characters and storyline. For folks interested in the regular maze, half of the corn maze will be open for self-guided visitors.

The Haunted Maze will be open for its grand finale on Halloween night, from 7 to 10 p.m. Security personnel will be on-site to ensure the safety of the event.

The farm is open for an extended hour all weekend, going from 3-10 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Groups are still welcome to schedule daytime visits on weekdays, including Halloween. For more information or to set up a group visit, visit www.riograndefarm.org/events/maize-maze.