promoting locally based agriculture through education, community outreach and networking
  • Organic farmers and ranchers are careful observers, bold innovators, and caring stewards of the land, bringing nourishment to our citizens and conserving our soil and water resources.” —Jeff Witte, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture and Director of New Mexico Department of Agriculture

New Mexico Organic Farming Conference

organic-farmingAbout the New Mexico Organic Farming Conference
The Southwest’s Premier Conference for Organic Agriculture

Organized annually through a collaboration between Farm to Table,  the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Organic Program, and the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, the Conference provides producers and researchers from around the Southwest an opportunity to share their experiences and expertise.

Vital information is shared to help organic agricultural producers make important decisions in running their existing farm and ranch operations or in starting a new one.

The Conference offers a vast array of workshops covering many topics and makes available exhibition space for a wide range of products and services. Attendance has grown to over 650. CEUs (Continuing Education Credits) are available.

The goal of the Conference is to provide a place to bring organic growers in the region together to explore and learn the unique aspects of the Southwest. The Conference also serves to reduce isolation by providing a forum to share innovative ideas and best practices. “Coach” Mark Smallwood, Executive Director of the Rodale Institute is the keynote speaker for the 2015 Conference.  Recent noted speakers have included Mace Vaughan of Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Program, renowned animal behaviorist Dr. Temple Grandin, Bu Nygrens co-owner and Purchasing Manager of Veritable Vegetable and many others.

Organic farming has significantly increased in New Mexico over the past couple of decades. Organic farming and ranching is the fastest growing segment of New Mexico agriculture. Last year organic farming and ranching in New Mexico had an economic impact of more than $53 million, facilitating support to our rural and semi-rural communities. New Mexico Department of Agriculture Organic Program provides USDA/NOP-accredited organic certification for farmers, ranchers, and processors/handlers throughout New Mexico.

…it is critical that we find ways to support New Mexico organic agricultural production because many families depend on organic farm income to survive and their activities contribute to the economic well-being of our communities.”
— Dr. Jon Boren, Associate Dean and Director of the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service