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Gina Garland-Wilde

Gina Garland-Wilde

Sandoval County’s new agriculture agent Gina Garland-Wilde eager to meet the challenge

Sandoval County welcomes Gina Garland-Wilde as the new NMSU Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent, replacing longtime agent Rudy Benavidez. She joins us from Albuquerque, where, for the past two years she has been the agronomist and natural resource consultant for a local organic farming cooperative, involved with field work, planning, and research on integrated pest management.

A Masters Graduate of the University of California, Davis, Gina was recommended by Dr. Natalie Goldberg, Extension Plant Sciences Department Head at NMSU in Las Cruces. Garland-Wilde is passionate about soil science and agroecology and has been heavily involved in both field and laboratory work in these areas. She has published two articles and co-authored a book chapter about N2O and CO2 emissions from vineyard and orchard soils under different agricultural management practices.

Before graduate school, Gina was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, specializing in Natural Resource Management. There, in the small town of Charagua, she met her husband Benjamin Wilde, a graduate student in Regional and Community Planning at UNM.

Gina looks forward to the diverse challenge that Sandoval County offers. She loves working with farmers and other horticultural-minded people and will work along with the Master Gardener Program, Sandoval County’s own international award winning community volunteer organization. “I want to continue working with farmers, helping them develop their land and crops in order to improve their yields while minimizing labor.”

The extension office logs over five-thousand calls per year, mostly pertaining to agriculture, soils, and horticulture topics throughout the county.

“I’ve already visited several areas and am amazed at the wonderful projects that are going on,” Gina relays to the public. “I want to join the efforts and help continue making Sandoval County a better place for plants, animals, soils, water and humans alike. Feel free to stop by and say hello. Whether it’s to ask questions or just chat, my door is always open.”

Quivira announces its Coalition’s Eleventh Annual Conference—How to Feed Nine Billion People

—Catherine Baca

The Quivira Coalition is proud to announce its Eleventh Annual Conference: How to Feed Nine Billion People. The event will take place November 14 through November 16 in Albuquerque.

According to the FAO, global human population is projected to reach nine billion by 2050, which means food production will need to expand by seventy percent to keep up. Fulfilling this demand will place unprecedented pressure on ecosystems, including the planet’s grasslands, especially as competition grows for scarce natural resources.

How to meet this daunting challenge, while ensuring the health of land, water, wildlife, and people will be one of the great tasks of the twenty-first century.

In this conference, we will explore a variety of innovative practices that are already successfully intensifying food production while preserving, maintaining, and restoring the natural world.

This year’s conference presents some of the leading innovators, scientists, and thinkers as they address food, fiber, and land stewardship nationally and globally. Speakers will share their hands-on experience and ideas for feeding all life from the ground up. 

Quivira Coalition Executive Director Courtney White has said, “The world faces no greater challenge than how to provide sufficient food and water for so many people without destroying what’s left of nature. A corporation-driven second ‘Green Revolution’ isn’t the answer, but neither is starvation. The answer lies with practices that work with nature, not against it, as an All-Star lineup of Speakers at our conference will explain. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity.”

Each year the Quivira Coalition Conference attracts nearly five hundred attendees from across the country. This conference excels at sharing innovative ideas, strengthening relationships, and fueling the fire for attendees to put their newfound knowledge into action.

The mission of The Quivira Coalition is to build resilience by fostering ecological, economic, and social health on western landscapes through education, innovation, collaboration, and progressive public and private land stewardship. Our constituency, of over 3,500 people, is highly diverse, including ranchers, environmentalists, federal and state agency personnel, tribal members, academics, and the public at large.

For more information about the conference, visit

El Pueblo Health Services awarded HRSA funding

—Darri Harrison

El Pueblo Heath Services has been awarded funding in the amount of $1.49 million from the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Program of the Bureau of Health Professions at HRSA. The funding was awarded to support the development of an Inter-professional Collaborative Practice (IPCP) environment that fosters innovative responses to primary care oral health needs.

El Pueblo Health Services is partnering with faculties of the University of New Mexico College of Nursing and the UNM Department of Dental Medicine on this project. Barbara Overman, PhD, Director of Family Health Partnerships at the UNM College of Nursing will serve as Project Director. Peter Jensen, DDS, Director of the UNM Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency, and Rick Adesso, CMPE, Executive Director of El Pueblo Health Services, will provide support for the project as part of its leadership team.

Situated in the town of Bernalillo, El Pueblo Health Services is a nonprofit, community health center established in 1976. El Pueblo’s service area includes the towns of Bernalillo and Placitas, the City of Rio Rancho, and the surrounding rural areas of Sandoval County. The mission of El Pueblo Health Services is to provide comprehensive family health care to the residents of Sandoval County and surrounding communities.

Census Data Released

—Sharon Kayne

New data released on September 12 by the U.S. Census Bureau is a mixed bag for New Mexico. The bad news: more New Mexicans live in poverty, and the median household income has fallen by nearly two-thousand dollars a year. The good news: fewer New Mexicans—particularly children—lack health insurance.

“The increase in poverty and the decrease in household income can be attributed to New Mexico’s slow recovery from the national recession,” said Gerry Bradley, Research Director for New Mexico Voices for Children. “Most of the employment problem is due to the loss of 3,900 jobs in the public sector over the year—most of them in K-12 and in higher education. The private sector is adding jobs, but very slowly,” he added.

Some of the gains in health insurance coverage can be attributed to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has required private insurers to allow parents to cover their children up to age 26. “Even though the majority of the provisions in the federal health care reform don’t go into effect until 2014, it is clearly having a positive impact, particularly for young New Mexicans,” Bradley said.

New Mexico’s poverty rate rose from 18.8 percent in 2009-10 to 20.2 percent in 2010-11. Median household income fell from $46,018 in 2009-10 to $44,270 in 2010-11. Both the poverty rate and median income are computed on a two-year average basis. New Mexico has the second highest rate of poverty in the nation. Only Louisiana’s is higher.

The rate of New Mexicans without health insurance fell from 21.4 percent in 2010 to 19.6 percent in 2011. The rate of uninsured children fell from 14 percent to 9.9 percent in that same time frame. The ACA provision allowing young adults to stay on their parent’s insurance policies went into effect in March of 2010.

“New Mexico can further reduce its rate of uninsurance by fully implementing the rest of the ACA—particularly the Medicaid expansion,” said Veronica García, Ed.D., NM Voices’ Executive Director. “An estimated 150,000 low-income New Mexicans will be eligible for Medicaid under the expansion at virtually no cost to the state. This expansion of health coverage will also create significant jobs in the health care sector and beyond. This is an opportunity that the state simply can’t pass up in good conscience,” she added.

Census data can be accessed at

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