Planning for Santa Fe’s Food Future: Querencia: a story of food, farming, and friends, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Jurisdiction Name: Santa Fe
State/Province: NM
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality/County
Population: 144,170
Population Range: 50,000 to 249,999
Policy Links: WebPDF
Policy type: plan
Year: 2014
GFC Topic: community food connections, community food production, community food security
Keywords: affordable, business, buy local, community, community garden, conservation, economic development, education, farmers market, food access, food economy, food system plan, health, regional plan, school, sustainable, water conservation
Adopting Government Department(s):

Santa Fe City Council; Santa Fe Board of County Commissioners

Lead Implementing Entity(s): Santa Fe Food Policy Council
Support Entity(s):

Potential partners listed beneath each goal in report

Funding Amount: unknown
Funding Sources: City of Santa Fe; Santa Fe County; Santa Fe Community Foundation; McCune Charitable Foundation; Farm to Table
Policy Outcome(s):

Planning for Santa Fe’s Food Future is a city-county food systems plan that was created to ensure a safe, healthy and affordable food supply for all current and future residents of Santa Fe. The plan recommends actions that are designed to promote food security, improve access to healthy and affordable retail food outlets, encourage healthy eating, educate consumers, support farmers, enhance food system infrastructure, and protect natural resources. Since the plan’s publication in 2014, the Santa Fe Food Policy Council has put out an annual report (except for 2015) on the progress of the plan towards strengthening the regional food system. These reports are broken down by various topics: ‘getting food’ (improvement of access, self-reliance and procurement, food assistance programs, and the local and regional food economy), ‘learning about food’ (expansion of creative and learning opportunities through cooking, nutrition, and home economics, promotion of healthy and safe built environments, diversification of food access opportunities, aligning wellness policies), and ‘growing food’ (increasing gardens at schools and senior centers, increasing the viability and presence of local gardens, farms and ranches, using programs, incentives and policies to conserve resources, support small farmers, and maximize food production/distribution, prioritizing sustainability in land/resource management and future development). As an example of progress, in 2018, Santa Fe reported that: the city launched a clearing house of local agricultural information and online networking and connections platform in the local food community; the mayor prioritized eliminating hunger which has led to the beginning stages of an action plan; and a non-profit took control of the Community Farm to strengthen food system independence.

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