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(Posted 11/10/15)  Erda Gardens is Albuquerque’s oldest and first CSA. We’ve been in operation for 19 years, the last handful located in the South Valley of Albuquerque. Erda Gardens was started by Marie Nord, who tragically died on a vehicle accident several years ago. Her mission was fostered and nurtured by Head Farmer, Jimmy Pettit who has been our quiet but dedicated leader since then. Jimmy is retiring this year.

Our CSA at full capacity serves 40 members with a Learning Center Director, Administrator, Head Farmer, and a few Farmer apprentices. At this time, we grow produce only. We have access to a herd of goats and their milk on site which bodes well for children’s programs. We also have a few small hives that are cared for by a friendly tenant who lives in one of the oldest casitas in the South Valley on site. We have a drip system for watering, tools, and a donated farm truck for farm use. We manage an old apple orchard at a different location in the South Valley. There is great potential here for the right person!
We are looking for a person with at least a few years of farming experience, has permaculture knowledge, has fruit tree pruning knowledge, is interested in Biodynamics and willing to use the practices on site, friendly, outgoing, and can host groups if needed. The hours are M-F at 40 hrs/wk. There will be 2-4 apprentices and/or interns working with you during the season. Currently, our farmers have a weekly meeting, study group, and host a community potluck and work day once a week.

Send resume to Sunny Morrow, Erda Administrator, at, or call 505-610-1538 with questions.

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La Montanita Co-op Distribution Center is hiring a part time value chain coordinator. (Posted 11-19-15)

WHAT WE DO: La Montañita Co-op’s commitment to local food began over thirty years ago with our practice of purchasing directly from area farmers for our first retail store. This history reinforces our regional leadership in the local foods movement. The Co-op Distribution Center provides access and distribution to wholesale markets for our farmers and vendors and supports this local economy.

WHY WE DO IT: By committing ourselves to this work, the co-op seeks to increase the number of medium sized farms and food businesses in our region, thereby fostering a healthier, more susatinable local economy.

To apply contact: Michelle Franklin - or 505-217-2010

Job Title:  Value Chain Specialist (20 - 30 hrs/wk) Salary DOE

Job Summary: Work with the Enterprise Development Manager (EDM)  and assist in the food based value chain development within the local and regional food system.


Provide support to the Enterprise Development staff. Perform a wide range of routine to complex duties to include:

o   Internal/external communications

o   Provide tracking assistance of value chain work to include matrix that compiles data on projects

o   Compile information and documentation for grant reporting

o   Assist in the research, development and writing of value chain  plans and activites

o   Attend Team meetings as requested

o   Design projects as needed

o   Other tasks assigned by CDC Director

Experience: Minimum 2-5 years professional experience in food systems development work and strategic communication with for-profit and/or non-profit organizations.                                    KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

Technical Skills and Abilities      

·      Excellent writing and design skills

·      Proficient knowledge of Excel and Word

·      Problem-solving abilities/skills

·      Acceptance of responsibility and accountability

·      Excellent Organizational skills

·      Attention to detail

·      A positive attitude and willingness to learn and grow professionally

·      Excellent customer service skills

·      Prioritize and work with minimal supervision

• Dependability, responsibility, honesty, integrity and self-motivated

• Ability to follow verbal and/or written instructions

• Ability to meet deadlines

• Must have dependable transportation, valid driver’s license and current vehicle insurance



The Rio Puerco Alliance (RPA) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to restore the Rio Puerco Watershed for present and future generations through outreach, education, and collaborative action. RPA was organized in 2005 by members of the Rio Puerco Management Committee and interested citizens and incorporated in 2006. We work closely with the RPMC, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Sierra Club, local landowners, and other groups within the watershed.

RPA is working with Navajo communities in the Rio Puerco Watershed supporting these communities in their efforts to adapt to the changing climate conditions. The RPA is assisting different projects that are locally run, like a Mobile Farmers Market, to build capacity within these communities to become more resilient in the face of new and yet unknown challenges.

What will the Field Intern do? The field intern will support the Rio Puerco Alliance (RPA) staff in the field. He/she will work with the communities in the Rio Puerco Watershed and visit our project sites. He/she will help with RPA’s monitoring efforts for past, current and future projects in the field. He/she will also help to work on compiling data on past/current and future projects. He/she will be involved in the quest to secure funding for current/ future projects and will support the staff in grant research.

Where are the RPA project sites? All of the projects sites are found in the Rio Puerco Watershed. The Rio Puerco originates in the Sierra Nacimiento east of Cuba, in Sandoval County, New Mexico. The watershed covers approximately 7,350 square miles (4.7 million acres) across portions of seven counties, ultimately draining into the Rio Grande about 20 miles south of Belen.

Why is the RPA working in the Rio Puerco Watershed? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has identified the Rio Puerco as one of the most eroded watersheds in the entire country, largely due to past land management. In many places the river runs far below its historic floodplains. Erosion carries away the region’s most productive topsoil and reduces the land’s already limited ability to absorb water. This is why the RPA has become a steward to help restore the watershed and support local communities in coping with impairments and strengthening their resiliency in battling new challenges induced by climate change.

Conditions: This internship is an unpaid internship opportunity. The intern is required to work at our office, located in the Bureau of Land Management office in Albuquerque and work a fixed schedule. The schedule can be designed to fit to the intern’s availability. He/she must also be able to go on field trips into the Rio Puerco Watershed. RPA has access to vehicles that can be utilized for field trips.

Requirements: The RPA is looking for a self-motivated and self-directed individual to join our team. The intern must be interested in working with rural communities and be able to go on field trips into the Rio Puerco Watershed. The intern must be able to meet deadlines. Strong communication skills are required and GIS knowledge is a plus.

Application: Please email a letter of intent and resume to the email address below. Additionally submit a writing example. For further emails please fell free to contact us.


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