Agriculture Resource Guide
If you need help making your land productive, below is a list of support & educational groups, business developers, financial supporters, market opportunities, and product regulation resources. This information was compiled by Taos County.
Support Groups/ Educational
Taos County Extension Office
The Taos County Cooperative Extension Service provides educational information in the areas of agriculture, Family and Consumer Science, 4-H Youth Programs and Community Resource Development. They are an extension of New Mexico State University and a part of the Taos County government.
taosextension.nmsu.edu or 575-758-3982
Taos Native Plant Society
The Taos Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of native flora in New Mexico and encourages the appropriate use of native plants in landscaping.
www.npsnm.org or 575-751-4551
Taos Valley Acequia Association
The Taos Valley Acequia Association insures the long-term sustainability of the traditional agriculture communities of the Taos Valley by protecting water rights and preserving and strengthening the acequia system.
www.taosacequias.org or 575-758-9461
New Mexico State Forestry Division
The New Mexico Forestry Division provides the public with information on a variety of programs including Forest Management, Family Forests, Seedling Program and Defensible Space just to name a few.
www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SFD or 505-476-3325
Los Jardineros de Taos
Los Jardineros is the Garden Club of Taos; it is a 501©(3) civic organization and a valuable resource for high desert gardeners in Taos County, New Mexico. Membership dues and fundraisers are the primary means by which grants to local organizations are funded and objectives of the Club are met. Member volunteers contribute their time for the beautification of Taos. The major fundraising event is the annual Garden & Home Tour held the first Saturday in August.
www.gardencluboftaos.org or 575-776-7741
Wallace Center at Winrock International
The Wallace Center serves the growing community of civic, business, and philanthropic organizations involved in building a new food system in the United States.
www.wallacecenter.org or 703-302-6500
Taos County Farm & Livestock Bureau
The New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau was organized in Dona Ana County in 1917 by farmers and ranchers seeking an organization to represent a unified voice. Today, they represent 15,000 farm, ranch, and rural New Mexican. Membership includes: information financial loan assistance, communications, insurance and much more. Contact Crestina Trujillo-Armstrong, the president of the Bureau, at 575-776-5513
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA)
ATTRA offers an annotated listing of the numerous titles relating specifically to certified organic agriculture. The list includes publications on organic rules and compliance, farm inputs, soil, and pest management, as well as publications related to specific horticultural field crops and organic livestock production. The list also includes ATTRA publications on marketing organic products and on the business of organic production. ATTRA also offers several Spanish language publications on organic agriculture.
www.attra.ncat.org or 1-800-346-9140
Northern New Mexico Stockmen’s Association
The mission of this association is to educate, inform, advise, and assist members concerning ranching, member rights to beneficial use of land and natural resources, the law and regulations pertaining to those rights and historic uses, agreements, and custom relating to use of the land and natural resources. 575-758-3982 or 505-852-2668
NMSU Rural agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project (RAIPAP)
RAIPAP’s mission is to accelerate extension and research efforts for limited resource, small acreage Hispanic and Native American farmers and ranchers in Northern New Mexico through research based educational efforts.
Small Business Development
Taos County Economic Development Corp (TCEDC)
TCEDC works on community based economic development through value-added and educational opportunities, providing assets and tools for the community that supports and protects the environment of this unique valley.
www.tcedc.org or 575-758-3201
Taos Small Business Development Center—UNM Taos
Whether you already own a small business or are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, the Small Business Development Center in Taos can help you climb the ladder of success. The SBCD offers the FREE management consulting, training courses, and a business resource for northern New Mexico business. Call Gary Bouty, the Director, 575-737-6214 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New Mexico Economic Development Department
The Business & Rural Development Team of this department assists businesses of all sizes and maturity. Team members partner with local economic development organizations to provide services such as workforce training, technical and regulatory assistance and more. Contact Jon Barela, the Cabinet Secretary, at 505-827-0300.
REDI is a collaborative effort with public and private sector partners working to strengthen and diversify the economy of Northern New Mexico. The company is managed by the Regional Development Corporation of Espanola, NM. Kathy Keith is the Executive Director Regional Corp who can be contacted at 575-820-0402. or www.nnmredi.org
Taos Soil and Water Conservation District
The function of the Conservation District is to take available technical, financial and educational resources, whatever their source, and focus or coordinate them so that they meet the needs of local land users for conservation of soil, water related resources.
www.tswcd.org or 575-751-0584
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
The mission of this group is to foster sustainability through grants that enable cutting-edge research and education to open windows on sustainability across the west.
www.westernsare.org or 435-797-2257
USDA—Farm Service Agency
This federal agency has been helping farmers and ranchers in Taos County since 1938. Crop insurance, disaster programs, farm loans and wool programs are a few of the Farm Programs that are administered through the Farm Bill passed by Congress.
www.fsa.usda.gov or 575-758-3863
USDA—Natural Resource Conservation Service
Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can receive financial assistance from NRCS to make improvements to their land. www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/national/home
This program offers technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations.
Taos’s premier authentic summer market, offers farm-direct groceries from eight northern New Mexico counties and Costilla County in Colorado. From now until the end of August, the market will be held on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.
www.taosfarmersmarket.org or 575-751-7575
Taos Mesa Market
This farmer’s market is newly established as of June 2015 and happens every Wednesday from 3 to 7pm at the Taos Mesa Brewery. If you want to sell your product out on the mesa, send an email to email@example.com
Cid’s Food Market
Located on the north end of town, Cid’s offers the largest selection of natural organic gourmet and local products in Taos County. Cid’s has an organic produce department, a full service meat counter, and a health and beauty department full of vitamins, supplements, herbs, and bodycare products free from harmful additives.
www.cidsfoodmarket.com or 575-758-1148
New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA)
NMDA works to ensure a safe food supply, develop agricultural enterprises and help establish markets for agricultural products, domestically and abroad.
www.nmda.nmsu.edu or 575-646-3007
Taos Herb Company
Taos Herb manufactures hundreds of products including herbal extract compounds from organic, sustainably wild-crafted herbs. They can be an outlet for cultivated or harvested herbal products.
www.taosherb.com or 575-758-7641
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
CSA is a venture where farmers and community members share a commitment to creating a viable local organic farm. The purchaser of an annual farm share receives a portion of the harvest.
LA Montanita Co-op
The co-op distribution center provides access and distribution to wholesale markets for farmers and vendors as it supports the local economy.
www.lamontanita.coop or 505-265-4631
New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA)
NMDA ensures the certification of Apiraries, Chile Labeling, Dairy, Eggs, Feed, Seed & Fertilizer, Marketing & Promotion, Natural Resources, Organics, pesticides, pinon nuts, plant protection & Quarantine and Weights & Measures.
www.nmda.nmsu.edu or 575-646-3007
State Engineers Office
The Office of the State Engineer is charged with administering the state’s water resources. The State Engineer has power over the supervision, measurement, appropriation, and distribution of all surface and groundwater in New Mexico, including streams and rivers that cross state boundaries. The State Engineer is also Secretary of the Interstate Stream Commission.
www.ose.state.nm.us or 505-827-6091
New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB)
The mission of NMLB is to protect the integrity of New Mexico’s livestock industry. A team of about sixty full time inspectors and another sixty full and part time deputies continuously patrol and perform inspections around our state to help keep livestock free from disease and safe from theft. The office of the State Veternarian is also part of NMLB, whose mission is to collaborate with various government and private sector partners to ensure that the state remains free of animal diseases.
www.nmlbonline.com or 505-841-6161
If you are in need of someone with equipment to help you restore and/or rehabilitate your land, which includes forested land, the Taos County Extension Office has a list of custom contractors and consultants that can help you with the restoration of your land to agricultural status. Contact the Taos County Extension Office for the list at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-758-3982