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The New Mexico Organic Farming Conference




Thursday February 15, 2018

                5:00 – 7:00pm Exhibitor setup and volunteer meeting

Friday February 16, 2018

7:00am Registration open

7:00 Coffee/tea and morning snack station

                Exhibitors open

8:00 – 5:00 Resource Room:  Sign up for Farmer Interviews, NM Farmers Marketing Association

8:30-10:00 Breakout Sessions group 1 (Soils Analysis, Pollinators, livestock disease, root crops, Seeds, Marketing)

10:30-12:00 Breakout Sessions group 2 (Corn/Small Grains, Interns, NRCs programs, Certification Support, Drip Irrigation Panel, Myciorrhizal Fungi )

12-1:30 Lunch on your own

1:00 Demonstrations (Hops equipment, Dr. Lombard)

1:30-3:00 Breakout Sessions group 3 (Worker Safety, hoop house construction, FSMA/Produce Safety Rule, Hay, Meat/Specialty Processing)

3:00 Afternoon tea and snack station

3:30-5:00 Breakout Sessions group 4 (Pruning, Water harvesting, Carbon Farming, Advanced Compost, Impact of Importing Organic)

6-8:00 Career Connection & Winter Mixer,

Quivira New Agrarian Program

Saturday February 17, 2018

7:00am Registration

7:00 Coffee/tea and morning snack station

                Exhibitors open

8:00 – 12:00 Resource Room:  Sign up for Farmer Interviews, NM Farmers Marketing Association

8:00-9:30 Breakout Sessions group 5 (Carbon Sequestration, Building a Greenhouse, Grafting Tomatoes, Seed Saving, Diversification at Full Belly Farm, Intro to Compost)

9:45-11:15 Breakout Sessions group 6 (Berry/small fruit session, Cover Crops, why every farmer needs a microscope, Native American resilience gardening techniques, American Grown/Slow Flower movement, Classroom Ag, Enterprise Analysis, HMI)

12:00-2:00    Welcome

                New Mexico Local & Organic Luncheon

                Steve Ela, Ela Family Farms, Keynote Address

                Recognition and Awards

2:15-4:00 Networking Sessions (Livestock, School Agriculture, Crops, Native American)

4:00 End of NMOFC 2018, Thank You for joining us!

Friday, February 16 – 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 17 – 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Marriott Albuquerque Pyramid North

5151 San Francisco Road NE, Albuquerque, NM


General Registration Opens November 1st.

For information about registration, click here.

For more information about past programs, click here.


The 2018 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference:

A mutual opportunity for farmers, ranchers and researchers from around the Southwest to share their experiences and expertise. Please join us!

For any questions please contact Sage Faulkner at or find the conference on Facebook!

NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (NMDA) is an agriculture producer/consumer service and regulatory department under New Mexico State University (NMSU).  NMDA’s Director/Secretary, Jeff Witte also serves on the Governor’s Cabinet. The department has six divisions: Agricultural and Environmental Services, Agricultural Programs and Resources, Dairy, Marketing and Development, Standards and Consumer Services, and Veterinary Diagnostic Services. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is the home of New Mexico’s Organic Program, providing certification services and support for organic farmers, ranchers and processors. or

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERISTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE is the educational outreach arm of NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Backed by state and federal funding, Extension is a cooperative effort between NMSU and county governments. Extension faculty are located in all 33 New Mexico counties and three tribal offices to address your needs in the areas of animal resources, 4-H and youth development, home economics, rural economic development and plant sciences. We provide the latest information in publications, workshops, demonstrations and one-on-one consultations. or see pages??-??.

SANTA FE FARMERS’ MARKET INSTITUTE (SFFMI) advocates for farmers, ranchers and other land-based producers; provides equitable access to fresh, local food; owns and operates a year-round venue for the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market; and manages programs to help sustain a profitable, locally-based agricultural community. The Institute organizes educational programs for farmers and ranchers in Northern New Mexico and supports educational activities for Santa Fe Farmers’ Market producers with farmer scholarships, including the New Mexico Organic Farming Conference. 505-983-7726,

GREEN TRACTOR FARM is a family farm in La Cienega, growing certified organic vegetables, flowers and grapes on 5 acres. We farm in a beautiful valley with a spring fed acequia and use water conservation and soil building practices in our high desert climate.


NEW MEXICO FARM & LIVESTOCK BUREAU Established in 1917, New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau is the Voice of agriculture in New Mexico.  As the largest agricultural organization in New Mexico we are a leader in policy development, advocacy and educational outreach.  Our goal is to ensure a successful future for agriculture through promotion of local foods, protection of private property rights and access to agricultural water, and preservation of the customs and culture of agriculture.  We offer several leadership development programs including Young Farmers and Ranchers, Collegiate Farm Bureau and our Women’s Leadership Program.  Additionally, our New Mexico Ag in the Classroom outreach initiative offers curriculum and demonstrations to teachers state-wide as we spread awareness of the importance and value of New Mexico agriculture.  Join us at