Summer Pollinators at Bosque del Apache

 August 17, 2024

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 All Events are free. Registration is required for Cari’s tour, and opens July 17th, 2024.


Photo by John Olson


Common Ground

Free showing of the award-winning film, narrated by Jason Mamoa, Laura Dern & Woody Harrelson, farmers and ranchers tell their stories.

6:00 pm
Free popcorn & drinks
New Loma Theater in Socorro
Seating is limited – Registration required

Come to Socorro’s New Loma Theater and enjoy a free showing of the documentary, “Common Ground.”  This film won the 2023 [Tribeca] Human/Nature Award as a film that best exemplifies solution-oriented environmental storytelling with stories from farmers and ranchers and their challenges and successes.

This film touched over one billion people globally and inspired the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to put $20 billion toward soil health. Going beyond describing the environmental challenges we’re facing, Common Ground profiles farmers and ranchers who are using regenerative agricultural practices that require less labor, lower the amount/costs of pesticides needed, and require less water to grow successful crops. Results are not only better for farmers, but also help balance the climate, save our health, and stabilize our economy.

It’s a film that offers hope and possibility in the face of the challenges the agricultural community is facing.

You can learn more about the regenerative soil practices described in the film and details about support available to get started the following weekend at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.


Photo by Common Ground


Photo by Justin Bixler


Regenerative Agriculture: Supporting Our Farmers, Land, and Water

Saturday, July 27
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (lunch is included)
Bosque del Apache
Registration is required

Join us at the Bosque del Apache for information on regenerative agriculture: how it works, the benefits it provides (improved soil health, less water usage, less cost for labor, time, and materials required for each crop), and who has had success doing it. 

You’ll hear about the five year pilot project taking place at Bosque del Apache, and on Sunday, have the hands-on chance to build a “bioreactor” – a simple, inexpensive, powerful composter used in this approach.

Most important: 

Learn how to get financial and technical support to begin this process on your own land from the New Mexico Dept. of Agriculture’s Healthy Soils Program, Socorro Soil and Water Conservation District and the Socorro County Agricultural Extension Office. 

Guest speakers: 

David Johnson, PhD. and Hui-chun Su – Speaking on the benefits of regenerative agriculture practices and showing examples from around the world of success changing poor soil and diminished crops to strong, thriving farms and ranches using the same practices as the five-year pilot project begun last October at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. 

There will also be a special Q&A session for 4-H and FFA members. 


Build a Super Composter

Sunday, July 28, 2024
7:00 AM – noon
Bosque del Apache
Registration is required

A hands-on event building the type of super-composter being used for the regenerative agriculture project on the refuge. 

Participation for this day is limited to twenty people. End time approximate. Lunch provided. 

Bioreactor kits will be available at a reduced price. [Kit Price TBD.]


Photo by Brianne Eichmiller

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