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Southwest Marketing Network Newsletter
This issue discusses food security, local food in schools, a report on the 2012 Border Food Summit, and more.

Special Report 2013 (548k), This special report covers the Beginning Farmer Business Planning and Marketing Toolbox from NCAT, a small Ruminant Course from ATTRA, and discusses raising meat chickens on pasture.

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Partners’ Corner…Links to Noteworthy Reports and Information

Equitable Development and Risk of Displacement: Profiles of Four Santa Fe Neighborhoods… new report authored by Human Impact Partners with collaboration from Chainbreaker Collective and the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, focuses on four Santa Fe neighborhoods (Hopewell/Mann, Airport Rd. Corridor, Canyon Rd. and Downtown) to identify the various indicators of gentrification and displacement and the potential implications for the long term individual and community health of residents.
A Call to Action – Farm to School in New Mexico: Successes, Challenges, and Potential Ways Forward analyzes current farm-to-school activities in New Mexico. The report was commissioned by the Thornburg Foundation and is available as a resource on the National Farm to School Network’s website.

Evaluation for Transformation, A Cross-Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School is the first comprehensive document to define outcomes farm to school can achieve and offer language, guidelines and metrics to help users understand and articulate those outcomes from the National Farm to School Network.

Healthy Food Access Portal – New from PolicyLink, provides access to a wide range of resources including Policy Efforts & Impact, Funding, and Retail Strategies.

A new report from the Wallace Center is a must read… Innovations in Local Food Enterprise: Fresh Ideas for a Just and Profitable Food System. The report addresses one of the most complex issues facing food access and regional food system development allies today: how can consumer price and producer cost meet in ways that transition healthy, local food from a privilege to a right?

Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters: A Review of the Research, a new joint report by PolicyLink and The Food Trust demonstrates that healthy food access is paramount!

The $11 Trillion Reward, How Simple Dietary Changes Can Save Lives and Money, and How We Get There… a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (article on page 8 highlights one of Farm to Table’s partner organizations, La Semilla Food Center) – Watch the video, An Apple a Day

A Place at the Table, a film directed by Kristi Jacabson and Lori Silverbush, shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

16.7% of the population of Santa Fe County is food insecure. Food insecurity means lacking access to food, or the ability to pay for it. A report recently ranked New Mexico the worst state in the country for childhood food insecurity.

A thought-provoking film worth watching… More than HoneyIf bees were to disappear,” Albert Einstein once predicted, “mankind would only have four years left to live.” Is that disaster coming to pass? In different regions, between 50% and 90% of have disappeared, and the epidemic showing no signs of slowing. Without predators, or bodies, it’s been a struggle for scientists to understand the problem. This unforgettable film film, winner of the German Oscar for best documentary, as well as awards around the world, uses breathtaking cinematography and first-person stories to explore one of the natural world’s most disturbing trends. (Germany, 2012, 91m, DCP, Kino Lorber)

The 2013 national KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual ranking of the 50 states based on child well-being is now available. “New Mexico has never ranked very high for child well-being. This year, however, for the first time, New Mexico is ranked dead last” –Veronica C. Garcia, New Mexico Voices for Children (June 2013)

First Nations Development Institute Report Details Considerations to Include When Planning to Launch a Native American Farm-to-School Food Program – “Farm-to-School programs offer one strategy to help address conditions of severe poverty, social stresses, and health and nutrition problems, including obesity and diabetes found in many Native communities,” the 18-page report notes (May 2013).