Normally, this would be an iCreate or Mountainair Farm & Garden Market blog post because it deals with their issue - agriculture, sustainability, agriculture, local food and growers. This summit is here because it addresses Mountainair and community issues not limited to a couple of local groups, one of which is informal, not an organization and decidedly less than transparent, and the other a small, non-membership 501(3c). Besides, the MFGM blog (but not the Facebook page linked above) has been deactivated, another story for another time. Maybe in the scheduled post about our new look and other changes.
In the Rio Grande Valley of southern New Mexico and far west Texas, early fall is a very busy time of the year. Weekdays are devoted to harvesting one crop while preparing for the next. Weekends are filled with fiestas, harvest festivals and community gatherings of all kinds. Colors splash the land, as white cotton balls glisten from the earth and plump, orange pumpkins smile from ripe patches. Even in the water and crop challenged year of 2011, the aroma of roasting green chile stubbornly drifts over the landscape.
In the middle of all this feverish activity, the staff members of Las Cruces' La Semilla Food Center have managed to squeeze in time for the first food summit convened for the tri-state border region. Scheduled for September 30 and October 1, the summit is planned to take place at the Court Youth Center in Las Cruces. Speakers, hands-on workshops, food-making demos, music, fellowship, and discussion will be part of the bill. According to La Semilla Food Center, a dialogue on food systems, food sovereignty and food justice is envisioned as a central ingredient of the summit.