Need seeds? N.M. acequia association has some for you

Posted 4/28/20

The New Mexico Acequia Association is providing vegetable and traditional crop seeds for a limited time to farmers and gardeners."If you are in need of seed and have not yet made your request, please …

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Need seeds? N.M. acequia association has some for you

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The New Mexico Acequia Association is providing vegetable and traditional crop seeds for a limited time to farmers and gardeners.

"If you are in need of seed and have not yet made your request, please do so soon so we can get your package on the way to you," said a notice in the most recent newsletter from the NMAA. Their supply is limited, so only ask for what you most need and check with neighbors and elders first to see if they have some of what you need.

Fill out a form online at lasacequias.org or call the NMAA office at (505) 995-9644 and leave a voicemail.

"As the COVID-19 health crisis has made clear, our acequias and food traditions have never been more important," said the statement from NMAA. "Generations who came before us kept our acequias flowing, cared for the land and water, and saved seeds. As we prepare for a profound transformation of our economies, educational systems and communities, we will continue to be vigilant in protecting our water, acequias and farmland and we will work the land to grow food for our communities."

Seeds, notes NMAA, "carry ancestral memory and they also carry our potential for the future." Seeds are food security.

In addition to providing seeds, NMAA is hosting a live plática or chat, via Zoom, "to learn and share knowledge about our gardens." You can "Ask an Acequia Farmer" questions and share stories about planting. People of all levels of experience are invited to join in the conversation.

Join in Thursday (April 30) from 6-7:30 p.m. by Zoom or phone.

The first plática will feature Lorenzo Candelaria (Cornelio Candelaria Organics) and Donne Gonzales (Chicoyole Farm). Both are mentors with NMAA's Sembrando Semillas program.

David Garcia will provide music.

Register at lasacequias.org.

- Compiled by Staci Matlock

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