Food Industries Cluster

2020 Reimagining the Food Economy

The tighter the link between a community’s food and agricultural entrepreneurs and their support systems, the more economically vibrant that community will be. When entrepreneurs are more successful, everyone benefits — we open doors to increased local food supply that can be channeled, aggregated, and distributed through a range of markets including institutional and wholesale buyers interested in sourcing more food locally for the health benefits of the people they serve.

In an effort to connect New Mexico’s food and agriculture entrepreneurs with the information and resources they need to succeed, ESHIP Communities Rio Grande hosted “Reimagining the New Mexico Food Economy” in partnership with the New Mexico Economic Development Department, the City of Santa Fe, and Santa Fe County in December 2020. This event provided an opportunity for food and agricultural entrepreneurs and the numerous organizations that support them to: 

  • share perspectives and learn about programs and key policy initiatives that are helping grow our food economy,
  • gain access to vital community resources, and
  • build the resiliency of our regional food system as we head further into 2021 and beyond!

“Reimagining the New Mexico Food Economy” was designed to strengthen the food and agriculture entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Mexico, emphasizing the regional food system and value chain as a critical economic driver for the state. Participants were able to connect with resource providers for food and agriculture sector entrepreneurs, learn about current legislative initiatives poised for positive impact for food access and local economic development, and hear stories of people using local resources to build resilience in our food system.

2019 Santa Fe Food Summit: Sparking Entrepreneurship in the Food Industry

The 2019 Santa Fe Food Summit: Sparking Entrepreneurship in the Food Industry was held on October 24, 2019 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.  Nearly 100 people attended.  The purpose of the event was to bring together those in the food industry in order to network, share news and information and discuss opportunities and challenges.  For more information.

Food Summit Resource Information

Below are links to pertinent reference information from the Food Summit:

Attendee List (PDF)

PDF Copy of Agenda

Food Summit Presentation Deck (downloadable PDF)

PDF List of Speakers and Panelist Bios

Overview of Breakout Sessions with Presenter Bios

Link to YouTube Video Food Summit Taping

Link to Event Photos, courtesy of Seth Roffman, Editor-in-Chief, Green Fire Times

Link to Albuquerque Journal Article, “Working to Make Santa Fe a ‘Food Hub’ “

   By Monica Roman Gagnier / Journal Staff Writer, Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Creative Start ups and City of Santa Fe Food Accelerator Program

LABS Pre-Accelerator for Northern New Mexico Food Entrepreneurs 

Are you a passionate and determined founder of a startup that is just getting revved up? Creative Startups LABS may be right for you! Entrepreneurs building local food startups tackling challenges (and opportunities!) such as climate change, food waste, localizing food systems, and building healthier communities are encouraged to apply. 

Creative Startups LABS Pre-Accelerator for Food Entrepreneurs is designed to move entrepreneurs from early concept, past prototyping, and into the market quickly. During the intensive four-week program, you will focus on identifying a market entry strategy, pursuing early customers, and creating a minimum viable product.

Update report for May 2020


The AgriGate of Santa Fe County 

The AgriGate is an online platform that connects growers and buyers to build a more resilient local food Community. 

Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture   

A study which was done by a statewide agriculture task force. Includes recommendations and reforms to strengthen supply chains, land and water use, next generation of farmers and ranchers, and economic viability.

The Power of Public Procurement 

This report attempts to identify the realities of farm to institution challenges and offers recommendations
for their eventual removal. A mutually beneficial goal is that a feasible market can be cultivated and expanded that enables local and state commercial exchanges between pubic institutions and vegetable and fruit growers.