Engaging entrepreneurs and stakeholders in a collaborative effort to grow trust, connectivity, and community engagement, ESHIP Rio Grande is aligning around the food and agriculture sectors in north central New Mexico. Work is initially focused across a geographic area that includes Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Espanola.
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Meet ESHIP Rio Grande Local Director
Erin has been involved with food community planning and development in a variety of capacities for over 15 years. Through her previous work as the senior planner at Santa Fe County, Erin was responsible for creating
the Santa Fe County Agriculture and Ranching Implementation Plan. She also coordinated numerous agricultural demonstration projects and the AgriGate of Santa Fe County, an online clearinghouse of food and agricultural information designed to support food access and networking opportunities in the region.
Before coming to Forward Cities, Erin was also the co-owner of Ancient Waters Farm, her family farm in La Madera, New Mexico, from 2012 through 2017. She is passionate about facilitating collective work supportive to a rich and resilient entrepreneurial environment for the food and agricultural community of New Mexico.
This Kauffman Foundation initiative is led by a collaborative council of individuals who represent different stakeholders from across the community. Forward Cities is managing the implementation of this effort as a grantee of the Kauffman Foundation.