Our farmers pride themselves with same-to-next-day delivery of field-fresh produce that is full of flavor and powerfully rich in nutrients. Our ranchers’ dairy and meat products are sustainably and naturally raised with care and great regard for their environmental impact.
Through the La Montañita Cooperative Distribution Center, we deliver hundreds of local products to our stores, area restaurants, commercial kitchens and other grocers. By providing business development, marketing services and on-farm consultation, we help producers in New Mexico and the surrounding region increase their productivity, distribution and consumer awareness.
La Montañita Co-op is a leader in the local foods movement, carrying more than 1,000 local products from over 200 farmers, ranchers and producers by way of our regional foodshed — approximately 350 miles from around ABQ. We have been growing a food revolution since 1976 through our support of and commitment to small farmers and ranchers in New Mexico and the wider La Montañita foodshed. You can taste the difference!
Thanks to the Sustainability Studies Program matching La Montañita’s donation and the support from our generous community, we were able to award four outstanding UNM students with the La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations Carly Anderson, Christina Hoberg, Pam Quintana and Amy Sedillo. The Co-op is proud to be able to support your aspirations of positively impacting our planet through sustainable farming and ecological conservation.
Here’s a brief bio from each of the first four recipients of the La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship:
|Carly Anderson is an International Relations Major at the University of New Mexico.
I’m minoring in sustainability studies and traveling abroad to Italy this summer with a program that focuses on local food systems. I am hoping to further develop my knowledge in regards to sustainable and productive food supply that I’ll apply to my research on National City resilience and self-sufficiency. I’m thrilled to have discovered the Sustainable Studies program here at UNM and am looking forward to being a part of such an amazing opportunity in regards to local food shed, growth, and environmentally beneficial issues.
|Christina Hoberg is a UNM student pursuing a B.S. in Geography and a minor in Sustainability studies.
Her main interests are focusing on human-environmental interactions through restorative ecosystems and sustainable agriculture. She is a graduate of the Las Huertas Farmer Training program and is currently in the process of creating the Firewheel Women’s Collective at Rio Grande Community Farm, a group that will allow women to grow food abundantly while giving their children an outdoor experience. Christina also enjoys exploring new places and thoughts, having great conversations and eating delicious food.
|Pam Quintana is originally from northern California.
I spent a lot of time at the ocean and in the mountains and have always had a reverence for our beautiful planet and a passion for sustainability. As a returning student to UNM after an extended break, I am majoring in Environmental Communication and minoring in Sustainability Studies. My specific area of interest in terms of sustainability is food waste – from the toxic impact it has on the environment to the other end of the spectrum, which is food insecurity. I currently work as an APS reading intervention teacher for grades K-2nd and refugee students, I have two amazing kids and I love bike riding, hiking, growers markets, traveling and swimming.
|Amy Sedillo was born and raised in Northern New Mexico among the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains.
All the fishing trips I took with my father and brothers helped to develop my deep love for nature. My passion for food grew while I was attending high at Eagle Rock School in Estes Park, CO. The foundations of my education provided me the tools for engaging in the world as a steward of the environment. I am currently a student at UNM, studying sustainability and social sciences as a means for creating change in the world. I am a ‘foodie’ who loves exploring the local food scene and sharing my discoveries with family and friends. I have a strong belief that access to healthy, tasty food should be a basic human right, and yet New Mexico is one of the most food insecure states. My mission is to help others develop a love for fresh, local food and encourage the younger generations to learn about where their food comes from.
Want to learn more?
Check out our announcement of the La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship for more information. If you’re interested in supporting UNM Sustainability Studies students by making a donation to the scholarship, you can do so here.
We are excited to announce that La Montañita Co-op is teaming up with the University of New Mexico’s Sustainability Studies Program to offer the La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship.
Named for La Montañita founding owner and board member Marshall Kovitz, the scholarship benefits students who have declared Sustainability Studies as their interdisciplinary minor at UNM. Preference is given to those choosing Food Systems as their area of concentration. If you’re interested in making a donation to help this scholarship grow and support more UNM Sustainability Studies students, visit unmfund.org/fund/la-montanita-marshall-kovitz.
“The Sustainability program actually has a long and wonderful history with La Montañita and our students learn about the role of Co-ops and markets in our communities. Students then plan and operate a one-day market on campus,” UNM Sustainability Studies Program Director Professor Bruce Milne said.
Students can pair the Sustainability Studies minor with a wide variety of majors to create an integrated course of study rooted in the principles of ecological conservation, Milne explained.
According to the program website, the Sustainability Studies minor degree provides students from most disciplines with sustainability knowledge, skills and experiences that complement their major, thereby preparing them to bring sustainable practices to many sectors.
The Food Systems concentration within the Sustainability Studies program is vital for continuing to enhance and grow New Mexico’s local foodshed. “Foodshed” is a term describing the regional food economy.
“Local food is among the top reasons students get into sustainability, and we’re thrilled to be on the hunt for the first recipients of the scholarship. In fact, we are matching the money to ensure that deserving students have the critical resources to stay enrolled and progress to graduation. Thanks to La Montañita we’ve seen tremendous growth and innovation around local food in the last 10 years,” Milne added.
Kovitz, who died in March 2016 at age 68, was a champion of preservation and environmental sustainability. Kovitz was a beloved and active member of the La Montañita community, and his legacy lives on through this memorial scholarship.
“Marshall gave 40 years to La Montañita and is an example of dedication to education and his commitment to our community. It’s our honor to name this scholarship after him,” said Dennis Hanley, La Montañita Co-op General Manager.
The Co-op already has its GRABnGO location on UNM’s main campus, and La Montañita is continuing to look for more ways to partner with the University to develop programs and initiatives that further enhance civic and environmental responsibility.
Supporters wishing to make year-end contributions are encouraged to consider a gift to the La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship.
Securing Grants for NM Producers
In 2016, La Montañita secured more than $330,000 in USDA grants for New Mexico farms and ranches! The La Montañita Co-op Distribution Center’s value chain team wrote these grants for two local food producers in order to help strengthen their businesses, ensuring their long term viability and continued contributions to the New Mexico economy.
With these grants, Beneficial Eggs and The Old Windmill Dairy will be able to increase both their production capacity and sales of their eggs and cheeses, respectively. Because Beneficial Eggs is a shared brand that multiple New Mexico egg producers use, these grants are supporting a number of different NM producers.
Grant writing is one of the many value chain services that La Montañita provides to local farms and ranches. According to the USDA, the hallmarks of food value chains are “transparency, working together, and providing fair returns to all partners under shared environmental or social values.” These values are embodied in La Montañita’s Ends, and are what guide how the co-op conducts its daily business with local food producers.
La Montañita’s Co-op Distribution Center is home to a value chain team that provides a whole host of services to local growers, supporting these Ends of environmental stewardship, transparency, working together, and fair returns. These services include matching producers with scale-appropriate market opportunities; providing technical assistance around production, marketing, food safety, and other aspects of food businesses; advocacy around farm-related policy, both local and national; securing funding and resources for growers; and testing new business models that provide greater returns for businesses along La Montañita’s entire supply chain.
This is all to say, value chain work often extends beyond the day-to-day transactions between a buyer and seller. For example, some of La Montañita’s value chain services only benefit the co-op indirectly, including our writing grants for New Mexico farms and ranches. The USDA’s “Value Added Producer Grant” is one such funding opportunity, and it’s through the VAPG grant program that La Montañita recently secured the $330,000 for local producers.
These VAPG grants will provide funding to support the marketing efforts of Beneficial Eggs and The Old Windmill Dairy, and will be awarded in their entirety to the beneficiaries. As a result of these VAPG grants, Beneficial Eggs and Old Windmill Dairy will be able to increase both their production capacity as well as their gross sales. The grants will also support three new, full-time, good paying jobs for New Mexico’s economy.
Have questions about these grants, or want to learn more about our work with local producers? Contact our Value Chain Specialist: email@example.com
They’re here! Embudo Valley Organics’ fresh, local and organic turkeys are available this year for only $3.99/lb. We also have a great selection of Mary’s turkeys: Mary’s Organic turkeys are $3.99/lb, and Mary’s Non-GMO turkeys are $2.69/lb.
Order yours today by calling your favorite Co-op location, or come on in and order in person:
- Nob Hill – (505) 265-4631
- Santa Fe – (505) 984-2852
- Rio Grande – (505) 242-8800
- Westside – (505) 503-2550
- Gallup – (505) 863-5383
Embudo Valley Organics’ turkeys are always outside in the fields and sunshine, grazed in open irrigated pastures, fed only certified organic grains, and are cared for and harvested by hand to ensure the highest quality product in the most humane manner. This small, local farm produces the nation’s first Certified Organic Turkeys with no artificial ingredients, from the ground up!
Mary’s turkeys are free-range, fed a vegetarian diet, and are raised in California. If you have any questions about our turkey options before you place your order, just give us a call at one of the phone numbers above.
Need a vegan- and vegetarian-friendly option, or want to make Thanksgiving easier by having our professional chefs handle your side dishes? Check out our holiday catering options to see how we can help complete your perfect Thanksgiving dinner.
La Montañita Co-op’s Annual Owner Gathering was held on October 22 in Albuquerque, and we knew that not everyone who wanted to attend was able to.
For those of you who missed it, we’ve uploaded an unedited video of the first portion of the meeting, including remarks from the Board, our General Manager, member-owners, and 2016 Board candidates.
We’ve also uploaded a video of special guest speaker Ted Howard’s talk on building community wealth through the cooperative model. As you’ll see, multiple cameras were used to record this talk, so shots from different angles were edited together to create the complete video of our special guest’s talk.
Here are links to both videos:
Annual Owner Gathering, Part 1 – Remarks from the Board, our General Manager, member-owners, and Board candidates: Click here to watch
Annual Owner Gathering, Part 2 – Special Guest Speaker Ted Howard on building community wealth through the cooperative model: Click here to watch
If you have a question you would have liked to ask at the Annual Owner Gathering, please let us know! You can always reach us through our contact form here: Contact Us
Member-Owner Town Hall Meetings were held recently in ABQ and Santa Fe, but we knew that not everyone who wanted to attend was able to. If you were unable to attend and would like to watch unedited videos of the meetings, we’ve uploaded recordings of both for you here in their entirety:
Albuquerque, October 5: Click here to watch
Santa Fe, October 6: Click here to watch
If you have a question you would have liked to ask at the Town Hall, please let us know! You can always reach us through our contact form here: Contact Us
The Party Continues on Albuquerque’s Westside, 3601 Old Airport Ave. We’re bringing you a cornucopia of savings at La Montañita Co-op’s Westside location. You’ll find incredible savings store-wide, exclusive Sampling with Sylvanna featuring items on sale and Rockin’ events each week. We can’t wait to see you at the Westside!
Great savings on organic produce, available to all our customers. New Fresh Sales are available every Wednesday — see what terrific organic produce is on sale now!