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Presentation of a Questa Agricultural Cooperative

The idea of an agricultural cooperative in the Questa area is something that has been explored many times over the years. In 2023 the Questa Economic Development Fund held several public “listening” sessions to collectively envision a viable co-op program that could benefit our community and the growers in the region. QEDF Director Lynn Skall stated, “We now have an agricultural co-op model and recommendations to present.”

On Wednesday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Council Chambers, QEDF with partners and consultants from the Arrowhead Research Center of NM State University will present their detailed report and recommendations regarding an agricultural cooperative “retail outlet” in the Questa area. The community is encouraged to attend, to share your ideas and feedback, and to enjoy dinner ‘on us.’

Outcomes from the 2023 community meetings indicated that there is a need in our area for an agricultural cooperative that will help promote and support area farmers and ranchers in their regional food production, to provide consistent access for residents to purchase and consume local produce, meats, and value-added products, while establishing a system of local food security sovereignty, and sustainability.

Dominick Apodaca, the owner and manager of the Sangre de Cristo Valley Market in Questa, has expressed interest in having the market be a part of the solution. Skall added, “the recommendations being presented on May 8 are viable options that can be easily implemented through the dedication of a committed group of collaborators willing to put the model(s) into practice.”

Join us for the meeting, learn about these ag coop options, and be a part of the next steps. For more information, contact lynn@questaedf.com or leave a message at (575)586-2149.

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