Betterday Coffee, 905 W Alameda St, Santa Fe, New Mexico

A salon/learning space for “Land Questions” with historical materials, videos, audios, books for sale, and space for spontaneous conversations. Free! Fun!

“The Land Question” – A pop-up reading room 

“The future that might have been” – Multi-media exhibit and archive/ audio+video projection by Ildi Carlisle-Cummins of Cal Ag Roots/ Institute for Rural Studies

Land Justice Bookstore – Presented by Food First Publications

“Acequia” –  Photographic Series by Sharon Stewart

Mojave Project – Dispatches from Landscape Interpretation project of Kim Stringfellow

Enchantment – A participatory mapping project

“Field Guide to the Acequia of the Northern Rio Grande” – by Emily Vogler


Quivira Coalition Conference: Miguel Santiestevan, Ian McSweeney  10am- 11am

Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Pl NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico

We will learn about practical approaches for conservation and leasing, aimed at helping new and next generation farmers navigate their way forward, as well as on land access tactics and inter-generational knowledge transfer in traditional acequia agriculture.

Separate RSVP required: Link here

Intergenerational Acequia Walk with Stanley Crawford, Basket Bob, Emily Vogler, and Alex Pino 1pm

Meet at Santa Fe Depot for carpool

Join us for an interpreted walk along the working waterways that nourish agriculture in northern New Mexico and learn about practical management, history, and the future of this storied institution. ‘Walking the ditch’ is a big part of managing this commons, and provides us a chance to discuss, inter-generationally, the work we face to keep this tradition alive.

FREE, RSVP requested: events@agarariantrust.org


The Commons, Public Trust, Wild and Scenic Rivers: Mary Wood, Ruth Breech and Allyson Siwik 6pm -9pm

Women’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Keynote presentations by Nature’s Trust and Public Trust:

Mary Wood, University of Oregon Environmental Law,  Nature’s Trust

Ruth Breach, Rainforest Action Network, Public Lands Campaign Director

Allyson Siwik, Wild Rivers with GILA River Information Project: The Commons, Public Trust, Wild and Scenic rivers.

These are concept and legal definitions that guide public lands policy and underlie planning, stewardship and administration decisions. These concepts and rules impact lands we all own together. There are about 400 million acres of land in public trust in the US. Decisions about the management of this land are meaningful to the nation and well as for the planet. Come learn from Nature’s Trust author and prominent environmental law professor Mary Wood about her groundbreaking research and work to enable citizens to hold the US Government accountable to reduce Carbon emissions. From Allyson Siwik learn about the long water-moving legacies of the Bureau of Reclamation, the gains and the losses, and the fight to protect wild rivers. From Ruth Breech learn about the new Rainforest Action Network’s campaign to stop mining permits on public lands, in the name of public health and mitigating catastrophic climate change. Each in their own way invokes the public trust, and the sacred right to protect the commons we all share, for the next generation.

Public Trust law– a commonwealth legal framework that protects our ecological life-systems with roots in Ancient Roman Law . Mary Wood’s “Nature’s Trust” builds on this framework, and lays out the existing jurisprudence that can be employed to protect our commons, a marked contrast from the “ legalized damage” we currently practice .  We will learn about valiant efforts and growing momentum to preserve the wild and scenic Gila River, one of the last free running rivers in the southwest. If you recall the “ OUR LAND: DRY LAND film we produced about the Arizona CAP Canal– you will understand why yet more large-scale reclamation projects are unacceptable.  And a powerful campaign by the Rainforest Action Network to shift practices and stewardship on public lands, stopping the bargain leases for oil and gas on our national commons on the 400 Million acres of Federal lands.

FREE, RSVP requested: events@agarariantrust.org


Water Commons Tragedy Film Night: Film screening of “Paya” and “Flint” followed by Q+A with Kate Levy 7-10pm

CCA, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Screening two compelling new documentary films that address enclosure of water commons across the USA, drawing important lessons for all those who wish to maintain local and democratic control of water resources.

$10 at the door, RSVP requested: events@agarariantrust.org


“Land relations: Conflict, subsistence, extraction, compromise and utopia of our domesticated nature.” Rick Prelinger, Kim Stringfellow, Eric Holt-Gímenez  5pm- 9pm

Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Pavilion, 1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM

This evening’s session will fuse culture and politics, challenging us to squint  through the translucent curtains of our shared landscape, to the relations and systems both political and cultural– which shape it. Eric Holt Gimenez situates the struggle for local control of land in the broader movement for justice. Rick Prelinger, famed archivist of subaltern histories traces sentiments and aspirations within “ the family farm”, through collected and curated home-videos. Kim Stringfellow traces the lineage and relics of utopian land experiments and boom-towns in the Mojave. Join for an engaging evening of landscape interpretation and food politics as artists, archivists, activists reflect on the circumstance and agencies of landcare.

Eric Holt Gimenez, a speaker at the first OUR LAND Symposium in Berkeley will lay out “ the land issue” in a social context, in an evening he shares with Rick Prelinger and Kim Stringfellow– both longtime landscape interpreters. Rick will present a new work called    “Farms Lost and Found” an edited presentation of farmer and rancher-shot homevideoes. Kim Stringfellow, cultural geographer, will present her Guggenheim Award funded work on the Mojave Project, reflecting on how desert landscapes serve as sentinals for the consequences of our stewardships choices. I first learned about Kim’s work through her pod-cast “ toxic tour” of the route 5 corridor called “ Invisible 5”.

$10 at the door, RSVP requested: events@agarariantrust.org

Remix of Water Across the Southwest: UNM Land Arts of the American West Program students, faculty, alumni, and visiting artists

El Museo across the tracks from the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Pavilion, 555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM

Land Arts of the American West program will host a Re/Mix of video and digital media as large outdoor projections before the evening session. Works presented will explore bioregional issues around Water, Land Use, and Foodshed. These were inspired by embodied and imaginative stories learned from Our Lands.


Half day Workshop at Biodynamic Conference: Devon Pena, William deBuys (in place of Sylvia Rodriguez) and Tezozomoc 1-4pm

Santa Fe Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM

This half-day session gives us ample time to explore issues surrounding the acequias-systems in the desert Southwest– geography, ecology, exploring the social architecture of direct resources control, learning lessons about evolutionary design and conflict management — all relevant far beyond the southwest region.

Separate RSVP required: Link here