Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration

Wednesday, May 17 // 5-7pm // Free

After a successful first year, the Center for Contemporary Arts, the Street Food Institute, and the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute are continuing their free event, Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration. These events celebrate Santa Fe’s unrivaled love of great food, local agriculture, and world-class cinema. 

Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration will offer free food samples from a cooking demonstration by local chefs or farmers, free admission to the CCA galleries, presentations from community partners, affordable meals from the Street Food Institute and other food trucks (including specials using locally-sourced produce), and two free screenings designed for food lovers and families. 

This first event will be on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Upcoming dates are Wednesdays, August 2 and September 20.


What: Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration

Where: Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe

When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017


5-6:45pm Food trucks, Tabling, Axle Contemporary, Waxman Gallery tours, Ask A Farmer, Smoothie Bike

5:20-6pm Introductions of Partners & Cooking Demonstration with Rocky Durham (Blue Heron Restaurant at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort)

6:10-6:30pm Featured speaker: SITE Santa Fe Young Curators

6:45pm Screening of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food

7pm SITE Santa Fe Young Curators program presents The True Cost

About the film In Defense of Food

Join best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to answer the question: What should I eat to be healthy? Cutting through confusion and busting myths and misconceptions, In Defense of Food shows how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and avoid the chronic diseases so often associated with the modern diet.

Visit the film’s website for more information and watch the trailer here.

About the film The True Cost

The True Cost is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

Visit the film’s website for more information and to watch the trailer.

Community Partners

Axle Contemporary

Axle Contemporary will be bringing their show La Vida Murale de Semillas by Jade Leyva and Ruben Olguin. 

A collaborative installation with Seed Broadcast and Seeds: A Collective Voice.  La Vida Murale de Semilla is a mural of seeds which will sprout and grow over the exhibition period, exchanging the image of the mural with textures of plant sprouts.  It uses colorful seeds of edible plants embedded in a layer of natural multicolored clay and soil in a horticultural environment.  This mural adapts the concept of community seed murals in Tepozlan Mexico, called Murales de Semilla’s (seed murals) created and displayed during celebrations such as Easter and Carnival.  The imagery will be in the spirit of Tepozlan but incorporating designs and elements of the American Southwest.  The focus of the mural is on an important but little known pollinator called the Hawk Moth, which is an important figure in Pueblo culture and often a perceived enemy of non-native gardens.  This Mural looks at the need to encourage pollinator awareness, spread seeds, and increase biodiversity in our local ecosystems and gardens. 

SITE Santa Fe Young Curators

SITE Santa Fe Young Curators program has developed an exhibition that addresses the consequences and effects of first-world consumerism. What are true cost economics, the environmental effects of consumerism and waste, the direct effects of consumerism on the producers and laborers, and the cultural and psychological effects of marketing on first-world consumers? Inspiration for this exhibition came, in part, from the documentary The True Cost.

SITE’s Young Curators Program, the only program of its kind in New Mexico, teaches high school students the curatorial side of the art experience, providing alternative ways for teens to connect with art while giving them a glimpse of possibilities within museum careers. Participants in the Young Curators program are empowered to make decisions about their exhibition’s theme, venue, selection of artworks, PR and marketing, fundraising, installation, and opening events. The Young Curators Program is a free weekly after-school program that also gives young artists the opportunity to present their work in a professional setting.

For further information on the Young Curators program, please contact Amanda Lee at 505.989.1199 x14 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ask A Farmer: Alex Pino from Revolution Farm

It is important for us to know where our food comes from. Your farmer is the person who grows and cares for the food you eat, and they are the best to talk with to know about your food and the process it goes through to reach your plate. Supporting your farmer will strengthen your local economy and revitalize your community. Eating locally and regionally cuts down on transportation and storage costs. Buying directly from your farmer at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market is often cheaper than at chain grocery stores and returns more profit to the farmer than when you purchase indirectly.  Exchanging money for a good or service is akin to voting for it – Every purchase you make is a vote cast. This means every purchase is a chance to vote for what you value. When you know your farmer and food producer, you know where your food comes from and how it is grown.

Alex Pino from Revolution Farm is a leading young farmer in New Mexico, and is an active member of the Northern New Mexico Young Farmers Alliance (a chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition.) Come prepared to ask about how he grows the food he sells at Market and tips and tricks for cultivating quality produce in the rugged New Mexico landscape. 

Food Demonstration: Rocky Durham

Rocky Durham is the Executive Chef at Blue Heron Restaurant at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort. He draws on his Santa Fe upbringing and international culinary experience to prepare ingredient-driven dishes and a wealth of nourishing, healthy choices.

Durham, a fiercely proud New Mexican and lifelong culinarian, meticulously sources vibrant local ingredients for

bountiful compositions in his New American West menus including herbs and vegetables from the Sunrise Springs garden and the sister property Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs’ two-acre farm. 

Born and raised in Santa Fe, Durham studied classical French technique at Western Culinary Institute in Portland,

Oregon. He then honed his skills in New Orleans at the renowned Royal Sonesta hotel before returning to Santa Fe as chef de cuisine at Santacafé. He then relocated to England and opened eight Santa Fe restaurants named for his hometown, and additionally wrote and presented the hit show “Plates from the States,” a 50-part series exploring America’s diverse, regional cuisine. He has also worked with “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” on the Travel Channel. Durham was the co-founder and executive chef of the Santa Fe Culinary Academy, where he trained chefs and culinary entrepreneurs, and still carries this tradition of leadership. When not at Sunrise Springs, Durham volunteers with the Cooking with Kids program.

Reunity Resources

Reunity Resources returns to Farms, Films, Food to help collect food waste and recyclable materials. Reunity Resources is a New Mexico-based non-profit committed to building community partnerships and implementing zero waste programs.  They are the sole non-profit recycler in the Santa Fe and northern New Mexico region and one of few in the nation.  It is their goal to continue building long term relationships with local government, schools, institutions, and private businesses in order to minimize waste streams and maximize re-use.

About the Co-Presenters

The Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute advocates for farmers, ranchers, and other land-based producers; provides equitable access to fresh, local food; owns and operates a year-round venue for the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market; and manages programs to help sustain a profitable, locally-based agricultural community.

Street Food Institute works with young adults and emerging culinary students and practitioners to develop the business and technical skills to realize their entrepreneurial dreams. SFI students begin with hands-on training at SFI Food Trucks, where they learn how to make delicious and healthy food using sustainable business practices. Students are then encouraged to employ their skills in the community to innovate their own small businesses that provide more choices for nourishing, affordable local food. 

The Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is an arts and culture hub for northern New Mexico's diverse communities. Founded in 1979, CCA is one of the oldest artist-centered organizations in the American Southwest, committed to supporting emerging and established artists. CCA draws more than 55,000 visitors annually for exhibitions, independent films, performances, and education/public programs.