Mayor's Message for October 14th, 2022

Tractor in pumpkin patch

As is appropriate in the Village of Corrales, Wednesday was “farm meeting” day. The administration met with two groups to further plans for an indigenous food hub and a commercial kitchen here in the Village.

The first group we met with was the Indigenous Farm Hub, which engages Indigenous communities in creating a network of farmers and families that will strengthen local and sustainable food systems by providing access to healthy foods; build prosperity for farmers and local communities through land reclamation; and reconnect the bond between language and culture to Indigenous practices of agriculture.There are two definitions that are essential concepts to the mission and vision of the Indigenous Farm Hub. The first is Food Sovereignty: the right of people to have healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agricultural systems. The second is Food Security: When all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. We welcome them to the Village.

The next group the administration met with were long time growers in the village who are working with village administration and staff to plan, design, and ultimately renovate a space for a commercial kitchen. It has just started so watch for updates. I think we all like the idea of living in a farming community although there are not many farmers nor farmland available. You don’t need acres upon acres of land to produce for you and your family. A variety of growing techniques have been devoted over the years so that many of us “hobby gardeners”, as I was once described by a friend, can grow enough to feed ourselves. It isn’t easy, but it is fun and sure does taste good when it is the product of your own labor.

The Master Gardeners hang out at the Growers’ Market and they as well as some of the growers can offer helpful hints about what grows well here. No reason to struggle on your first attempt.

Get out and support our local growers at the Corrales growers market on Wednesdays and Sundays and pick up some fresh goodies! The last Wednesday Grower's Market will be October 26th.

Here are some other fun and interesting things going on in the village - make sure to mark your calendars!

The re-scheduled Corrales Library Fall book Sale will be this weekend October 15th and 16th from 9 AM until 4PM at La Entrada Park. The $5 bag sale will be Sunday the 16th from 2 – 4 PM. For more information, please check out their website.

Four-time winner of International Western Music Association’s “Group of the Year” award, New Mexico-based Western music trio “The Cowboy Way” (Jim Jones, Doug Figgs, and Mariam Funke) will perform for Music in Corrales Saturday, October 15 at 5:30 PM at the Alfredo Garcia Community Barn, 6710 Rio Grande Blvd in Los Ranchos. Tickets at

The next speaker series at the Historic Old San Ysidro Church features Rob Martinez with “Brujeria: Witchcraft in New Mexico History” on October 30th at  2:00 PM. This is a FREE event! For more information:

Trunk or Treat will be on Monday, October 31st from 6pm – 7pm at Parks and Rec. For more information, please check out the village website.

We still need donations of candy for this event, and it can be dropped off at the Administration offices. Thanks.

Early voting (October 11 through November 4) takes place at the County Clerk's office at 1500 Idalia Road, Building D, in Bernalillo, during regular business hours Monday - Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. Expanded early voting begins October 22nd and runs through November 5th at the Corrales Community Center, 4324 Corrales Road, Monday - Saturday from 10 AM - 6 PM. Voting on election day, November 8th, will be at the Corrales Rec Center from 7 AM to 7 PM.

Be safe, stay warm and please get your flu shot,

Jim Fahey

Corrales Mayor