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Seed Exchange at the Questa Library

We have long wanted to create a Seed Exchange/Library in Questa and now we have one, thanks to the very generous collaboration of the Questa Library, which is providing a place for it to live. The idea is to make seeds more readily available for people to plant and use in their own gardens and to provide a place for people to share their own, homegrown seeds with others. Seeds that are adapted to “life in the Questa area” are more likely to thrive here in our high desert climate. If you have an over abundance of radish, beans, kale, spinach, carrot, pea, lettuce or squash seeds, please bring them to the Questa Seed Library and share them with you neighbor. Or if you’re cleaning out your collection of seed packets, feel free to share them too. Donations are what keeps the program going. The idea behind the seed library is to encourage us all to get our hands in the dirt and grow more of our own food, herbs and flowers.
 Come by the Questa Library and choose some seeds to try out in your garden! (The Questa Seed Library was launched on Earth Day 2017 and was kicked-off by a very generous donation of seeds from Alita Randolph. Also Special thanks to inspiration and wonderful instructions from Nan Fisher on her Taos Seed Exchange Website HERE.)

North Central New Mexico Story Cache

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LEAP has begun a long-term project to establish a local oral history/story archive for North Central New Mexico (Questa and the surrounding communities, from Arroyo Hondo on the South end to Costilla on the North end). Taking inspiration from both traditional oral history and ethnographic approaches, as well as less traditional methods – events, conversations and the StoryCorps interview model, our hope is to facilitate the recording of local stories and traditions through meaningful conversations that link generations, and encourage cross-pollination of ideas and perspectives. A website is under construction to archive and share recordings and photographs (visual and audio artifacts). We are working on a physical location, to archive and exhibit photographs and other artifacts. See the beginnings of the project website here.

In 2017 and beyond: we are collaborating with the Questa Community and History Trail Committee to create and construct a self-guided walking tour in the center of Questa. Plans are forming and grants are being written and submitted and outreach for the exciting project continues.

Oral History Outreach Events in 2017:

  • Cambalache, Sunday October 1, Questa Village Center

Oral History Outreach Events in 2016:

Northern NM Growers & Makers Exchange – 2016
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As residents of northern New Mexico we make, grow, cook, bake and produce for our families and ourselves. When we have abundance – more garden veggies or choke cherries than we know what to do with – we need a solution. The Northern NM Growers and Makers Exchange serves as a local marketplace.  Home bakers, jelly makers, gardeners, crafters, artists, cooks, seamstresses, leather and wood workers are invited to sell or exchange their wares. Through this exchange we localized our economic efforts and enlivened the public community space in downtown Questa. 2016 was our first season. In 2017 the Northern NM Growers and Makers became the Questa Farmers Market, it’s own program through Localogy. See the website HERE.

lastmarketoverview-12016: Seasonal, outdoor market in Questa’s Village Center
June 12 – October 2, 2016
This seasonal weekly gathering enabled small-scale producers and makers to offer produce and wares in a central, outdoor setting once a week throughout the 2016 growing season. Read more….

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