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If it’s yellow, let it Computer labs shutdown in Main mellow Yellow herbicides are harmless, says school
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By Carol Woodland Staff Reporter
Mysterious yellow stains hail the oncoming spring on Main Campus at CNM, and some students are wondering just what is this yellow chemical being seen all over campus since the President’s Day break on Feb. 17. Wisdom Reyes, Fine Arts major, said that when he goes to sit on the grass outside the Student Resources Center he wondered what exactly had been sprayed on the grounds. “I want to know if the area is chemical free and that it’s not harming all of us; that we’re not ingesting it, smelling it, and it affecting us down the line in the future.” Anthony Rael, Director of Maintenance and Operations said that fortunately for all the students and staff who enjoy playing Frisbee and relaxing in the sun on the lush green expanse between the SRC and JS buildings, that grass is 100 percent chemical-free. “That turf is safe to lounge on and is a very durable athletic turf blend. It is intended for heavy use being that it is a central gathering point for students and CNM functions and events,” Rael said. As for the yellow stains, Rael said they are from an herbicide called Pendulum which is applied to rock mulch and low maintenance areas to kill invasive plant material. According to the Environmental Protection Agency website at epa.gov, “it is practically non-toxic” to the touch, “unless this chemical is ingested there are no real concerns other than mild skin or eye irritation.” For students wanting more information, Material Safety Data Sheets for the Pendulum and any other chemicals used by Maintenance and Operations
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can be found at the Physical Plant Building, Rael said. “We try to avoid using chemicals as much as possible. Our groundskeepers pull weeds by hand in high traffic and gathering areas in order to avoid over spray and to reduce the chance of someone coming in contact with the chemical,” Rael said. According to epa. gov the active ingredient in Pendulum is a chemical called “Pendimethalin,” which is approved and used for weed killing use, not PHOTO BY NICK STERN only in the United States, but also in the European Students keep busy in second floor open computer lab in SRC Union, Canada, Japan and Center Supervisor, lab space, except to remain the ACE computer lab, which across the globe. By Nick Stern Randolph Crandall said. as computer classrooms is an obvious move to make And because of the Senior Reporter Crandall said that the for the foreseeable future, now that students who want to chemical’s low toxicity, it is use a computer are required to Beginning in the cur- downstairs computer labs Crandall said. used extensively on plants for Though there are no plans go to a more condensed area, rent spring semester, all were removed in order to consumption including cereof the computer labs turn the space into strictly for the original space, the now Crandall said. als, corn, sunflowers, carclassrooms, exclusive upstairs computer Computer Center that were in the down- computer rots, tobacco, salad greens Gary stairs area of the Student because of the influx of com- labs have been subject to a Supervisor, and strawberries, which Resource Center (SRC) at puter related classes being simple but effective change, Woodworth said there is works by inhibiting root and and there are also online tools also a fantastic new tool that Main Campus have been registered for by students. shoot growth on weeds. “The change has been to make computer accessibility can be used by students with removed, and now stuAccording to epa.gov dents can only access the made to accommodate an and availability an easier pro- smart phones and other porPendimethalin is generally table devices with internet second floor computer labs increase in computer related cess, he said. applied before weeds sprout There have been addi- access called Lab Maps. or the Assistance Center classes,” Crandall said. or progress into very young There are no other plans tional computers added to both for Education (ACE) comweeds, and specifically puter lab, ACE Learning for the original downstairs the library computer lab and see LABS on page 7 stops microtubule formation within the cells of the plants, which makes the cells become disoriented and expand to a rounded shape. The cells are then not able to divide, and the plant is unable to grow. According to epa.gov, “Pendimethalin dissipates in By Angela Le Quieu income families and stuthe environment by binddents, Douglas said. ing to soil; it is essentially Staff Reporter “Being able to offer it for free and being able to The Know Now mobile see MELLOW on page 7 medical unit will be coming pay the minimal fee that to the CNM area and will offer we have to pay to do that is free tests for two of the most a huge service and benefit common sexually transmitted to the students, and I hope diseases in New Mexico, and they will take advantage of the unit will also provide free it,” Douglas said. PHOTO BY ANGELA LE QUIEU For more information pregnancy tests, Mobile Unit Joan Douglas, Mobile Unit Director showing testing supplies. on the Know Now mobile Director Joan Douglas said. medical unit or to find a Starting March 17 the that people can get results The unit will be spending mobile medical unit will location where the unit with quickly, Douglas said. the majority of its time in the be parked in various places be, students can call 720-5537. The mobile unit will be campus area in the afternoon The Center for around the city from 1 p.m. to testing for chlamydia and and early evening in order 7 p.m., but mostly in the area Disease Detection out of gonorrhea, which are the two to be more accessible to stuaround the CNM and UNM San Antonio, Texas profastest growing STDs and dents, because their studies campuses near Yale Boulevard vides STD tests to orgaPHOTO BY CAROL WOODLAND to provide access to STD test- nizations such as Know have been a major concern and research have shown the Mysterious yellow stains on the dirt and walls of the ing and pregnancy tests to low Now to make the tests in the state of New Mexico, see STD on page 7 Student Resouce Center. more affordable and so Douglas said.
Mobile unit provides free STD testing
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Graduates encouraged to walk in ceremony By Angela Le Quieu Staff Reporter
The Student Activities office is working to help more students be able to walk in the Spring 2014 graduation ceremony, and in past semesters only a fraction of students receiving degrees or certifications participated in the ceremonies. Brandon Seber, Student Activities Coordinator said there are a few steps that students eligible for graduation need to take in order to participate in the graduation ceremony, but that the first step is to go on line and apply for graduation, and after that, Seber said he can help students with concerns that they may have about the ceremony. The graduation ceremony for the Spring 2014 semester will take place at Tingley Coliseum on May 3, 2014 and graduates must arrive between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to check in and then the ceremony will begin promptly at 12 p.m., Seber said. “Generally speaking I think that all students who receive an Associate degree or certificate should walk in the graduation ceremony to celebrate their academic success since they put a lot of effort, time, energy,
and sacrifice into getting the degree or certificate,” Seber said. The deadline for students to apply for graduation who want to walk in the ceremony is March 28 by 5 p.m., but if a student does not want to walk they have until May 1, Seber said. Seber and his office want to get more students to participate in the graduation ceremony, he said. In the Fall 2013 semester there were more than 2000 students awarded a degree or certificate and only 500 students walked the line in the graduation ceremony, Seber said. “It’s nice to walk on stage, celebrate with the family, but also I try to persuade the students who don’t want to walk that maybe they should if they have younger kids or cousins, so that way they can be the role model to inspire the younger generation to want to complete high school and college,” Seber said. Student concerns include economic issues like being able to afford their cap and gown, or mobility impairment for disabled students, but there is help if a student has notified the Student Activities office, Seber said. If a student has economic concerns about their regalia for
graduation, Seber said students can work with him to make sure that they can still walk. There is also a system in place that can help students with mobility and other impairment issues, Seber said. “Since I’ve been on board on the team and working with the graduation, there has not been a problem we were not able to assist with,” Seber said. Diana Myklebust, Administrative Technical Assistant is in charge of organizing assistance for students, she said. After a student has filled out a graduation application, if students indicate that they have an impairment issue, their information is sent to her and she calls students to see what assistance they might need in order to walk in the graduation ceremony, Myklebust said. “The biggest part of the process is letting us know that there is an impairment that we need to assist them with,” Myklebust said. Myklebust has helped students walk who have had mobility problems, students with diabetes and blind and hearing impaired students, she said.
After a student is called by Myklebust, she will ask about what their needs are, if they can walk up stairs or ramps, if they have trouble sitting or standing for long periods of time, and then she will make an arrangement for that student, she said. “We try to accommodate all spectrums of impairment, so that we can make sure they can still be a part of that process,” Myklebust said. There are volunteers at the graduation ceremony that help students with these needs from the moment they arrive to check in until the end, Myklebust said.
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Brandon Seber answers Luis Ramirez’s graduation questions.
On the occasion that a student cannot make it up the stairs or ramp Myklebust’s group will inform the dean of that student’s school and CNM president Dr. Katharine Winograd so that they can come down from the stage and shake the student’s hand, Myklebust said. “The goal is to have them involved in as much of the process as possible and make it easy and comfortable for them,” Myklebust said. There are other concerns which students have about participation in the graduation ceremony and this includes students who receive an invitation to be in the graduation, but have not applied under their declared major, Seber said. Two offices handle graduation and because of this the graduation process is in two parts; the first office is Enrollment Services which oversees graduation applications, and the second is Student Activities which runs the graduation ceremony itself, S eb er said.
E n r ol l me nt services has begun “farming out” people who are qualified for different degrees or certificates regardless of a student’s program of study, Seber said. “We in the office of Student Activities have been encountering lots of questions as to why they are being invited to the graduation ceremony, because they are still pursuing their declared major,” Seber said. Seber’s offices will run a report of each graduating term that is created by Enrollment Services based on the information that the office generates and then send out graduation invitations based on that, he said. “And that’s been challenging for us in Student Activities, but it’s confusing for our students because we’re having to answer all of these questions,” Seber said.
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FEATURE The Semicolon project
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Tattoo event promotes mental health awareness By Jonathan Baca Copy Editor
It has been said that a picture says a thousand words, and a group of Albuquerque artists and activists are trying to start a conversation about suicide with a very simple symbol; a semicolon. The second annual Albuquerque, New Mexico Semicolon Tattoo Project is bringing together tattoo artists, mental health workers and the larger community to raise awareness about the dangers of suicide, using the semicolon as their symbol, said former student and Project Manager Jon Cottrell. “It is the way that we go ahead and address suicide, self harm and mental health, to raise the conversation. Because the more people that talk about it, the more people get treatment, not the other way around,” Cottrell said. During the weekend of March 15, tattoo artists from eight different shops throughout Albuquerque will be giving tattoos of semicolons at a special fixed rate on people from all walks of life, in order to create consciousness around the issues of suicide, self-harm and depression, Cottrell said. Tattoos will cost $30, and half the proceeds of each tattoo will be donated to Agora Crisis Center, which is a 24 hour crisis prevention hotline where volunteers answer calls from people who need to talk about tough feelings, and who conduct outreach to schools around the city, discussing mental health issues. “We are an all-issues listing service that handles
everything from having a bad day to more serious issues like suicide prevention. We are totally free and we’re totally confidential,” said former student Jenn Brown, outreach coordinator for Agora and organizer for the Semicolon project. The group chose the semicolon as their symbol because in writing, it is meant to signify a pause, before the writer continues with more of the story. In the same way, suicidal thoughts are a sign that one should stop, think, and talk to someone about their feelings, before continuing on with their own story, Cottrell said. “The symbolism of the semicolon is; an author could use a period to end a sentence. Instead, an author used a semicolon to carry on in the same vein, joining clauses. So you can pause, but you carry on. We use that as a metaphor for people’s lives,” he said. In addition to the tattoo portion of the event, there will also be a benefit concert at the Launchpad downtown on March 15, with performances from local bands, where the proceeds will also benefit Agora. There will also be a poetry gala on the same night at ArtBar downtown, where local poets, artists and other assorted performers will be gathering and performing. Last year was the first time the event was held, and in just six days, using only Facebook to advertise the event, the group was able to give out 148 tattoos, Cottrell said.
This year, he had six months to prepare, so he said he expects there to be an even bigger turnout, and even more money earned to support Agora. New Mexico has the fifth highest rate of suicide deaths in the nation and climbing, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth aged 10-24, Brown said. “More youth in New Mexico are killing themselves than are being killed by others,” Brown said. “We need to do something to decrease the stigma around mental illness and suicide in particular, and I think this is a good starting point to have a conversation about it.” Former student Brian James got involved in the project after losing two long-time friends to suicide in the last year, he said.
James said him, the event tattoo have personal, and past he has with Agora and
that for and the become in the worked with an
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Angelia Santistevan cleans up Sara Saucedo’s new semicolon tattoo.
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Jon Cottrell and Jenn Brown watch a tattoo in progress.
outreach website called SuicideFindingHope.com. James said he feels like the more people can talk openly about these issues, the easier it will
be for people to come forward and talk about it if they are having thoughts about suicide or self-harm. He said that one of his friends announced his suicide on Facebook, and he feels that if more people were aware of the warning signs and how to talk about this issue, the better chance we have of stopping these tragic deaths. For him, having the tattoo of the semicolon is both a tribute to his friends, and hopefully a way to raise awareness about the issue, by starting a conversation with people who ask about what it means, he said. “The symbolism to me is like, you are stopping and saying to yourself, is this what I need to be thinking about right now, and how else could I approach this? You’re still continuing your
story, which is really important, but are you going to change the path of how you’re going to continue it?” James said. English major, Sara Saucedo said she got her semicolon tattoo at the press event for the project on February 27, and that she encourages anyone who has been affected by suicide, depression, anxiety or any other mental health issue to go to the event and get their ink too. She said that there is already a growing community of activists and tattoo enthusiasts in Albuquerque, and that this project is the perfect melding of these two groups.
She feels proud to be a part of the cause, and hopes that her tattoo will mean something to the people who see it, she said. “I hope when people see it, it will kind of get the ball rolling on communication, being able to talk to people about your depression, or your sadness, your need to hurt yourself. I think that it is a cool little signal that says ‘hey, I got your back,’” Saucedo said. For more information about the event, go to signalonethreemedia.com/semicolon, or check out the group on Facebook at facebook. com/semicolontattoo.
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King’s Kreation Tattoo 117 Seventh St. NW Por Vida Tattoo 1012 Central Ave. SW Aces Tattoo 2737 San Mateo Blvd. NE Archetype Dermigraphic 529 Adams St. NE Ascension Body Modification 3600 Central Ave. SE Blue Jay Tattoo 1503 Golf Course Rd. SE Stay Gold Tattoo 123 Yale Blvd. SE 71 Tattoo 9800 Montgomery Blvd. NE
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Suncat Chi t Chat By Nick Stern Senior Reporter
Has the computer lab move affected you at all? How do you like the labs?
Jeff Whiteman Social work major
Stephanie Avila Business major
“I’ve been attending this center (ACE) for math for actually 18 months now. I utilize it quite a bit and I think it’s pretty fantastic. Up here is really difficult. It has affected me (The move). I found about the ones being gone downstairs when I went and tried to use them when I couldn’t get on one here (ACE). That’s when I realized they were gone.
“It’s harder sometimes during the day because it is really congested.”
Civil Engineering major “I think the Student Center, that’s what it’s called right, is great! The move hasn’t really affected me at all.”
“I don’t really have an opinion on whether the computers should be here or downstairs. I don’t really feel any different about it”
Radiology and Psychology major “Not really. I definitely use the computers and there’s times when it’s been a little crowded but I’ve always been able to get on one.”
Dylan Larsen Pharmacy Tech major “If I get to the labs a little later in the day I can get on a computer without any effort whatsoever. It’s all in the timing!”
PHOTOS BY NICK STERN
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of time. Sticking to the soil or rocks where it is applied also makes it extremely resistant to contaminating ground water. According to epa.gov exposure to the chemical “would not represent a high acute risk to birds or a high
Acute or chronic risk to mammals,” so there is little if any danger for CNM’s stray cat population, or any other animals that come through the grounds. Rael said that Main campus sits on 84 acres of which 13 are landscaped
by a crew of six fulltime and one part-time groundskeepers, “about one groundskeeper for every two acres of land.” The grounds maintenance crew starts work each day at 6 a.m. and at this time of year is hard at
work getting ready for the changing of the seasons. “Our crew usually starts preparing for springtime now by aerating, seeding and prepping turf areas,” Rael said. With the hard work from Maintenance and Operations’ groundskeeping crew, and a
little help from the unseasonably warm weather, CNM’s Main campus is getting greener day by day.
Each diagram displays each computer and its location in the lab and is colorcoded based on whether Lab Maps can be the computer is available, accessed online by visitunavailable, or turned off, ing labmaps.cnm.edu, and Woodworth said. is a tool that was created “Gray is off, green is open, by CNM to help students and red is being used. It is look at a diagram of every straightforward you get out of single open computer lab at class and you want to go to a every single CNM campus, lab and it can help you deterhe said. mine which lab to go to. And
when you go to the lab it can help you determine where there is an open spot,” he said. The Lab Maps tool is of great benefit to many students and that benefit increases as the size of the computer lab increases, because with Lab Maps students can walk into a crowded computer lab and with their mobile device they can pinpoint exactly where an open computer is without
having to scour the entire building, he said. Thus far Crandall has observed that the labs, especially the ACE computer lab, have many people in them, but are not full to the point of chaos and he also noticed a smaller number of students waiting for a chance to use one the computers, because there are fewer labs open, he said.
“I have noticed fewer students standing around waiting for an open machine. There are more people using the labs, but I would not categorize it (ACE lab) as overcrowded,” Crandall said. One important thing for students who are seeking alternatives to using the open labs is that those alternatives do exist in the sense that different devices can be
checked out from the library including laptops and iPads, Crandall said. The use of the new Lab Maps program came about because CNM previously used a program called Lab Stats to track the overall amount of usage of the computers at CNM which in the fall semester of 2013 equaled 200,000 individual logins, he said.
just for women, as STD testing will also be available for men, Douglas said. “If a woman’s test comes back positive, we would not be doing our job if we didn’t encourage her to bring her partner in to be tested also, both are going to need treatment,” Douglas said. According to NMDH in their STD Surveillance Report for 2012, chlamydia rates in NM were well above the national rate, and gonorrhea rates were below the national average but have risen rapidly. The report states that there were 575 cases per 100,000 population of chlamydia and 90 cases per 100,000 population of gonorrhea in New Mexico for 2012, and that Bernalillo County had some of the highest instances of both STDs.
The Know Now unit will be working with the NMDH to help them to understand where some of the concentrations are and where the spread of STDs happen the most, so that in the future NMDH can direct their resources in an efficient way, Douglas said. Even though they will help the state with a number of cases, the tests will be confidential, and there is a number that is needed to obtain the results, or Know Now will ask students to return to the unit to get their results in person and get a referral if needed, Douglas said. There are other services providing STD testing in the campus area according to UNM SHAC’s website at shac.unm.edu, and the Sexual Health Resource Guide for STD testing in Albuquerque lists other places where students can have access to free or cheaper testing.
The guide details where and when testing services are available and what the cost may be. Unlike sources for testing like Planned Parenthood and the UNM SHAC, the Know Now unit will be offering the tests for free, and because of the overnight courier system used, students will have access to their results quickly, Douglas said. “So that’s going to be huge for some of these kids especially if they have suspected that they have an STD, but haven’t done anything about it because of money, or not wanting people to know, or not knowing what to do. I think that’s going to make a huge difference,” Douglas said. The websites for Planned Parenthood and UNM SHAC at plannedparenthood.org and shac.unm.edu do not list the pricing schedule for STD testing or the rate at which the
results return, but they do take Medicaid and other insurance. Until the mobile medical unit knows how many tests will be used in a week, the samples will be sent out on Thursday nights, and the results will be available on Friday morning before noon, Douglas said. The Know Now medical unit will be in the CNM and UNM area on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and on Wednesdays it will be at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial near Louisiana and Gibson, as well as on Fridays, when the mobile unit will be north of UNM at Lomas and Edith, Douglas said. “It’s a smart move (to get tested) in today’s culture and it’s going to become a necessary one in the not too distant future, I think,” Douglas said.
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If a student’s test results come back positive for an STD, the Know Now unit will send students highest concentration of these to UNMH Student Health STDs to be in people around and Counseling and the college age and near CNM or New Mexico Department of UNM, Douglas said. Health for treatment refer“It’s really scary, I would be afraid to be a college or rals, Douglas said. “With it becoming of epiearly career person and demic proportions, we feel dating multiple people at that the responsible thing to this time in our culture,” do is to go in and offer testDouglas said. ing and then treatment referAnother reason that this rals, also it’s an opportunity unit will focus only on the two to educate on those needs STDs mentioned, is because and why it is so important they are the ones most likely that they receive treatment,” to lead to reproductive health issues in the future if remained Douglas said. For positive preguntreated, Douglas said. nancy results Know Now The test that they will be will offer free limited using for the STD screening ultrasounds that can help is a urine test and one of the determine the normal promost accurate, and because gression of a pregnancy, they use a urine test, they can also test for pregnancy at Douglas said. Although the mobile the same time and with the medical unit is providing pregsame sample, Douglas said. nancy tests the service is not
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March 4-10, 2014
South Valley farm makes it all about community By Jonathan Baca Copy Editor
In Albuquerque’s South Valley, there is a farm that seems to be removed from time, where people are growing food and raising animals the same way our ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Anthropology major Elli Klein said this place is known as Erda Gardens, and members of the CNM community are hard at work here trying to preserve agricultural traditions, protect the environment, and above
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all to produce high quality food in the most sustainable way possible. “We’d really like to see the South Valley, and all of Albuquerque, get restored back to its agricultural
heritage,” Klein said, who lives on one of Erda’s properties and is one of four main farmers. Erda Gardens is spread out over about six acres on several sites around the South Valley that have been leased from the county, and the members of this collective work the land by hand, using almost no gas or electric powered tools and no pesticides or chemical fertilizers, Klein said. Full-time SAGE instructor, Jessica Mills, who has been on Erda’s board of directors for four years said the farm is Albuquerque’s oldest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operation, a model where members pay or work for a share of the farm’s crop, and share equally in the bounty and the risk. “It takes the burden off the farmer as being the only person who suffers loss in the case of a poor growing season. It spreads that risk out among many. You are committed to a farm, instead of just being a passive consumer, wanting to just have the farmer serve you as a customer,” Mills said. Members pay $600 for a full share, and this guarantees them a box of produce every week for six months. When there is a bountiful crop, members can receive more food than they need, and when the harvest suffers due to weather or other factors,
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Elli Klein stands in front of a mosaic wall on Erda’s orchard.
they all share the risk, and the farmer does not go out of business, Klein said. The CSA model, like the farm’s growing practices, is aimed at sustainability and shared prosperity and responsibility, values that have completely
containing whatever crop is in season and is being harvested. This type of system highlights the values of the farm, where members are partners with the farmers, and the farmers are partners with the land, Klein said.
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Sunday, March 9 10am to 4pm Free potluck lunch at 1pm Bring food to share, a hat, and plenty of water 1305 Blake Road SW disappeared from the large scale, corporate monoculture model that has taken over the world of farming, Mills said. “It assumes a complete paradigm shift in thinking. People who are involved with a CSA are no longer a customer who doesn’t have a voice. They are a member of a farming project; they are part of a community who are doing something together and collectively. So it is truly community building, and that in and of itself is priceless,” Mills said. At Erda Gardens one can see a large variety of crops grown there, from leafy greens and vegetables to herbs and spices. A larger orchard on the property provides peaches, apricots, and several other fruits, along with several kinds of berries and grapes. Klein also helps to raise free range chickens, geese, and several beehives, along with a small but growing family of goats that produce milk. Each week, the produce box that members receive is different;
“In the corporate structure of our food system, we have very little choice and very little power as far as what we get to eat. And so here we get to preserve native varieties, heirloom seeds, and try to produce crops that are well suited for our climate here. If you eat local food and plants from your environment, you’ll be more resilient in that environment,” Klein said. Another important value at Erda is environmentally sustainable farming, and Klein said they are committed to using zero pesticides and harmful chemicals, virtually no gas-powered tractors, and watering techniques that aim to preserve the limited resources of our state and climate. Klein said that Erda is strongly opposed to genetically modified crops (GMOs), and that the farmers work hard to use heirloom seeds that have been passed down for generations, further preserving the area’s agricultural heritage as well as ensuring their members’ health.
Erda is also Albuquerque’s only biodynamic farm, a type of farming developed in the 1920s that uses the movements of celestial bodies as a guide to planting and harvesting, in an effort to achieve greater harmony with natural cycles, Klein said. “Biodynamic farmers use astronomical planting calendars, homeopathic preparations as well as special composts to optimize soil and plant health. This approach recognizes the spiritual effect of agriculture in our environment and utilizes the interconnections among soil, plant and animal life,” according to their website at erdagardens.org. Although Erda’s model is based on being a small operation, Klein said there are several ways that the farm could grow without compromising their quality and values. Their major short term goal, Klein said, is to buy as much of the land they work on as possible, which is no small feat. Klein said they would also like to eventually start a small elementary school, where kids would learn the skills and values of smallscale farming. Mills said that small, community-based, environmentally friendly farming is the future, for the long-term survival of the planet, as well as the health of individuals and communities.
She said that people can begin making small steps toward this future, by joining a CSA, shopping at co-ops and farmer’s markets, and planting backyard gardens. She said she feels that the extra effort is absolutely worth it, to ensure a happy and healthy future for everyone. “It’s good for your health, it’s good for the environment’s health, and it’s great for building community. And the food tastes better, absolutely hands down,” Mills said.
To learn more about Erda, go to erdagardens.org, or to find out about volunteer opportunities, students can email Elli Klein at email@example.com.
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Klein inspects new blossoms on a peach tree.
Issue 35 of Volume 19 of The CNM Chronicle