Coronavirus: Information, Resources, and Updates for New Mexico’s Local Food and Farming Community

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Announcements

UPDATE: LOCAL FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN RESPONSE FUND

The application period for the Local Food Supply Chain Response Fund has been closed due to the overwhelming amount of applications received.  The Review Committee will meet on April 30 and provide updates to applicants as soon as possible thereafter. We hope new funds will be available at a future date. Watch this space for the most current information available.


Online Food Safety Training

All food safety training are now online for all growers, including those planning to sell to New Mexico's Public Education Department (PED). Here are your options: 

1) PED returning vendors: Deadline June 1

Complete "Returning PED Vendors: Approved Supplier Program" online videos and quizzes  here.

2) New PED vendors (Deadline June 1), and other growers:  

If you will be selling to the schools in the 2020-2021 school year as a new vendor, you must complete the Online Produce Safety Risk Assessment Training (read the complete list of training requirements and FAQs here).

  • Webinars will be offered between April 20 and May 9. To learn how to schedule your webinar head here.
  • Your training coursework must be complete by May 21.

3) Open source viewing of the NMFMAs food safety video modules (no quizzes or course certificate) head here.


Are You a Grower with Food to Sell?

If you are a grower with surplus food to move due to changing circumstances with your regular buyers at farmers' markets, schools, restaurants, or other venues, please fill out this very short form to let us know what you have to sell and we can assist you. 


Other Food Sales and Marketing Ideas

The NMFMA is working with groups across the state to address the new needs of farmers and customers in light of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Check back for updates.


Farmers' Market and Vendor Guidelines During COVID-19 Crisis

March 25, 2020 (Updated March 27th)

The NMFMA has been in regular contact with the Governor's office and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to ensure that our markets remain open and operate safely. We have worked on a set of guidelines that we believe would be in the best interest of our markets, their farmers, and their customers. 


Critical Infrastructure Letter

March 24, 2020 (From Larry Dominguez, NMDA, Industry Relations)

"In an effort to assist the NM agricultural industry during this pandemic emergency and given the Public Health Order issued by the NM Department of Health on March 23, 2020 which closes all businesses except for those deemed essential, Secretary Witte asked for a template letter be provided to food and agriculture sector businesses deemed "critical infrastructure" and which will continue to operate under the Public Health Order. Companies can edit this template letter as appropriate to include letterhead, contact information, and a more specific description of your company and function. We recommend employees be provided with a copy of the letter to carry with them. The intent is to help facilitate a continued uninterrupted food and agriculture supply chain."


Public Health Order Released

March 24, 2020

The Public Health Order released on March 24th deems farmers' markets and similar food outlets "Essential Businesses" that can continue selling food to New Mexicans. Read the Public Health Order  here to view the complete list. 


Farmer Food Safety Trainings

March 23, 2020

In-person trainings have been cancelled. A distance learning curriculum is being developed and will be ready no later than April 15th. If you signed up for a spring training we will email you as soon as it is ready, or please check back here. 


Farm Business Sustainability Amid Coronavirus

March 18, 2020

Here is a best practices document for farms amid novel coronavirus (COVID-19) including farm workers, equipment, facilities, food handling, and more.