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Seeds vs Starts

Seeds and StartsEvery year right about this time of May, we all feel motivated to plant in the hopes of creating one of those beautiful gardens we see all around different neighborhoods.

Well If you are a not-quite-novice grower/planter like myself you are in luck because the folks from the Rio Grande Community Farm and the Seed Library of the Public Library of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County will be at the Rail Yards Market this (Event Page) Sunday May 14 from 10-2pm. They will be leading activities, giving away seeds and starts (starter plants) demoing techniques for you to create your own garden paradise!

Don’t know whether you should seed or start? Here is an informative article on whether you should seed or start courtesy of Vegetable Gardner. Personally i’m going to have a mixed garden, and I am still hopeful I can figure out this planting thing! Find out what else is going on at the Rail Yards Market by visiting http://railyardsmarket.org. Happy Planting!

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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.

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Shop Local

3 Reasons to Shop Local at the Rail Yards Market


By Alex Paramo

Local Motion

Shopping Local

The Rail Yards Market (RYM) is committed to promoting local businesses and boosting the local economy by providing small, locally owned businesses increased exposure both at the RYM and outside of it. Vendors are rotated regularly with the emphasis on keeping the RYM fresh and vibrant and exposing visitors to the amazing locally grown produce, food products, arts and crafts. Local produced items, many using local materials, are often created on the spot while you wait. Click the image on the right for more info.

The first two seasons of the Rail Yards Market has generated over 1 million dollars in revenue! A steady increase of vendors from 60 in 2014 to 80 in 2015 generated an increase in revenue for vendors. With over 100 vendors this season, that number is sure to increase exponentially.

1. Helps the Local Economy

The benefits of shopping local are well documented and publicized. For example according to the organization Keep It Querque, Promoting Local BusinessesYour dollar recirculates 254% more when you spend it with a Local Retailer. When you dine at a Locally Owned Restaurant your dollar recirculates   287% further.”  Therefore a 10% shift would add an additional $179 million to the local economy each year.

2. Benefits the Community

Shopping LocalThere are many misconceptions when it comes to shopping local such as having to pay more for goods. These are mostly false. Additionally, your patronage allows for local-shops to keep their prices down. Click image to the left for more info. The benefits of shopping local go far beyond the economic benefits to the consumer and shop-keeper. Benefits such as building personal relationships with your neighbors, building a sustainable environment, building a more intimate community, building a vibrant community of friends and family knowing that your patronage improves the quality of their lives and yours as well.

3. Help Reduce Environmental Impact

At the Rail Yards Market the vendors create what they sell using NM sourced materials. According to Sustainable Connections, “Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe.This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.”

James Black Shop Local

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Remember before you decide where you shop, ask yourselves, what’s your Local Motive. See you Sunday!
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Thank you to Keep It Querque for data and graphics! 

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We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market.
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Love

Celebrating Love

By Alex Paramo

Anyone old enough to remember the 1998 movie, Night at the Roxbury will surely remember how the lead characters played by Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell dance ridiculously to the Haddaway song with the title, “What is Love.” But really, what is love? Have you ever thought about it? I have.

With all due respect to everyone’s faith, paradigm, culture, public and personal beliefs (or lack thereof), I believe and teach my 7 year old daughter that God is Love. But what does that mean? A quick perusal on Merriam Websters Online Dictionary comes up with 9 definitions (not to mention all the sub-definitions). Definition number 4 is closest to my personal definition of Love, “unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.” Personally I would replace: the good of another with the good of all. 

A Labor of Love

The Rail Yards Market has been a labor of love for all that have been involved in taking it from idea to reality. Fueled by our desire to bring life back to the Rail Yards, and inspired to make our community a more vibrant one, volunteers from all walks of life spend their week planning, meeting and working together to make the RYM the wonderful nexus of our city that it has become. On Sunday mornings, we gather at 6:00 am, look each other in the eye and face-down a 11 hour day together! If that is not Love, then I don’t know what is!

Native Health Initiative

The Native Health Initiative (NHI) is a love-funded, love inspired organization dedicated to addressing health inequities through “Loving Service (a human-to-human element of wanting to serve others, volunteerism).”

NHI“Today is a day to celebrate the work in NM that is love-funded, love-inspired, and which uses love as a framework for healing our world and communities. We feel that money/grants/power, etc. lack the transformative power that love holds to address the injustices we find in our state and world. We want to inspire and encourage you today to see the beauty and power that love has to heal our world, hoping that by us celebrating love today we will begin to find new ways tomorrow and beyond to orient our work likewise!”

Love Inspired Community Groups

“A day to celebrate the work in NM that is love-funded, love-inspired, and which uses love as a framework for healing our world and communities. We want to inspire and encourage you to see the beauty and power that love has to heal our world, hoping that by celebrating love we will begin to find new ways to orient our work likewise!

*Read more of my articles here

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Alex Paramo

Alex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here. Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you! 
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Seeds of Kindness

Planting the Seeds of Kindness

Planting the Seeds of Kindness by Alex Paramo

As the Rail Yards Market’s 2nd Season comes closer to a close we reflect upon one of the many participants of the RYM that make it the wonderful event that it is: our Growers! Sunday, Oct 18 they celebrate the Harvest, focusing attention to the crucial service our local food growers play in our community. Here is a quick rundown of what they are doing:

STEAM Zones:

Planting KindnessIn the Live Art Zone the folks at Erda Gardens will have a presentation on how to make seed balls.

Also in the Children’s Zone, kids will participate in a seed matching game where the kids have seeds, produce and pictures of plants and the kids try to match them and find all three stages of growth for the same fruit or vegetable.

Main Stage entertainment will be lead by Doug Hoelbinger. Also the Tap City Kids of Albuquerque, Sazlar and Seth Hoffman with The Temporary Tattoos.

We have met many wonderful folks from all walks of life at the Rail yards Market. We hope that we have touched you the same way you all have touched us with your generosity, caring, support and friendship! I hope you join us in planting the seeds of kindness into all of our community members. See You Sunday!
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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

NACA

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day

On October 7, 2015 the Albuquerque City Council voted to declare Monday October 12 as Indigenous Peoples Day in Albuquerque. In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, the Rail Yards Market has programmed their arts zones accordingly. Here is a rundown:

 Children’s Zone

ButterflyThe folks from the Native American Community Academy (NACA) will lead the kiddos in Symmetrical Butterfly making. Butterflies are sacred and important to many Native tribes and to the Cherokee people they are very meaningful. The Cherokee have a traditional butterfly dance which is an expression of renewal, giving thanks for new seasons, new life, and new beginnings.

Symmetry is an integral part of Native American life because it represents balance ~ the incredible balance of the seasons, the sun, the moon the stars and the interdependency of all living things in our world. The balance required within relationships, and the balance of our physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual sides of ourselves are equally important.

Live Arts

Kat D'AzorioStudents from NACA will be showing their work and demonstrating their techniques.

Also creating art will be Kat D’Orazio who will be demonstrating watercolor techniques including wet-on-wet, dry brush, and use of watercolor mediums and masking agents. Artworks will be in various stages of completion and she will be adding to them live in the STEAM Zone!

Main Stage

The entertainment at the Main Stage will be kicked off by some spoken word courtesy of Rosie Thunderchief. There will also be live music, poetry from NACA students and storytelling! For schedule details check out the Rail Yards Market website.

Giving thanks, being grateful for what you have, and giving back to the people and the earth is very important to indigenous people around the globe. Native tribes have customs and ceremonies revolving around giving back because they understand they can’t exist without balance. Please join the Rail Yards Market this Sunday, October 11 as they give back to their community! See You Sunday! 
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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

The Circle of Life

For many people the passing of time comes with an accumulation of experiences and thoughts. Many of us have often thought, “If I knew then what I know now.” The opportunity to transmit lessons and wisdom exists in everyday life if you engage your elder family, friends and neighbors.

The Rail Yards Market provides the perfect venue to engage elders in the community. A typical Sunday consists of a crowd that attracts families with kids to our elder community. Come down and enjoy what they have planned:

STEAM Zones

In the Children’s Zone, The Children’s Grief Center will be leading the kids on making inspirational tags. The Children’s Grief Center provides special support services for young people after the death of a loved one. They will be making Inspirational tags with kids: Have you ever had a time when it was hard to get your day started? Kids who are grieving often don’t want to go to school or take part in regular activities. With this acCircle of Lifetivity kids will decorated special tags with inspiring words, pictures, or quotes such as, “be yourself,” “have a good day,” “don’t forget people love you.” These tags can be strung together to make a mobile to hang by a bed or mirror to remind kids to have a good day.

The featured artist in the Art Gallery is Clariessa Hayward. Clariessa is a local artist in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She will be demonstrating the tie-dye process and displaying her tie-dye creations on Sunday 9/13 at the the ABQ Rail Yards Market STEAM Zone. You can find examples of her work on Etsy under ToothysTrinkets.

Entertainment

There is a jam packed schedule of talented local entertainment on our main stage including the Rail Yards Market very own Stephanie Galloway (program coordinator) and her band Stephanie and Ava. For complete schedule please click here.

Officially National Senior Citizens Day is August 21. At the Rail Yards Market they value senior citizens and their contributions every Sunday, if you are an elder come on down and share your stories, all are encouraged to attend and participate at this community-powered event! See You Sunday!

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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

Community

Community Contributions

Community Contributions by Alex Paramo

With the price of just about everything on the rise you might think that the old saying, “a dollar goes a long way,” is just a lot of (uhm) bull! But never has your dollar been more important or more valuable than today. Many if not most of the community events you enjoy are produced by private individuals with contributions of all sizes. Below is a video discussing the importance of community contributions.

Contributors in our STEAM Zones

The Rail Yards Market will be having Cat Corva from The NM Watershed Resources Network, which is “a coalition promoting sustainable solutions for communities through green infrastructure and watershed restoration” in the Kids Zone. Kids will be engaging in a project Communitywhich is a community coloring day, with both poster-sized community coloring and individual pages. Additionally, out in front of the Market Cuidad Soil and Water Conservation District will be bringing there Rolling River Watershed Model.

In the Art Demo Space, the presenter will be Rachel Harris-Huffman with the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program will be presenting an interactive station offering both education to and soliciting information and opinions from Market attendees regarding the Public Art Program and the Public Art Collection. The presentation will include an interactive info-graphic board about the collection/program, images of popular public artworks, brief surveys for adults and kids, a chance to submit ideas for monumental public art in Albuquerque, info about upcoming projects and opportunities, and SWAG including trading card packs and postcards.

Entertainment Zone

The Rail Yards Market ABQ community will be part of the Official Music Video for New Mexico Music Award winners Baracutanga. The stage is packed with talent this Sunday: Dirty Deluxe Dance Band,Sax Therapy, Second Opinion and Baracutanga will all perform before the video shoot! More info about all of our entertainers please click here. More info about the video shoot, click here

The Gift of Giving

CommunityIn the spirit of giving, we have an ongoing raffle series thanks to the generosity of our vendors! Also after the RYM, Tractor Brewery Wells Park will be graciously hosting a fundraiser where part of the proceeds will go directly to benefit the market! More info here! Thank you to Carlos Contreras and the folks at Tractor!

Giving, and sharing are crucial to our survival as a society. The Rail Yards Market is a non-profit organization that definitely can benefit Whether you give, time, resources, money or just a smile, please join in on the fun Sunday, August 23 from 10-2pm!  See You Sunday!

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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

Kids: The Future is Now!

It has been said that, “children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get” (H. Jackson Brown). When it comes to kids too many folks spend their time planning for tomorrow rather than attending to today. A child lives in the present, they are the ultimate receptors and have a natural inclination for stimulation.

At the Rail Yards Market, they are committed to building the future by appreciating the present moments with our kids. Therefore we have plenty of exciting, stimulating activities and entertainment planned for you on Kids Day at the RYM!

Kids Powered STEAM

Kids Day

In the Kids Zone will feature the fine folks from the Fractal Foundation. They will be teaching kids (and adults) about what fractals are, what they are used for, and how they are made. Come on down and make your very own fractal!

Albuquerque HerbalismIn the Arts Zone they will feature Dara Saville who is the founder and primary instructor of the Albuquerque Herbalism bioregional herbal studies program.  She is also the founder and director of the Yerba Mansa Project focusing on restoring native plants to the Bosque and providing educational outreach about the Bosque’s ecological importance to native plants and animals. She has an MS in Geography of the Southwest and is a graduate of Dr. Tierona Low Dog’s Foundations of Herbal Medicine Program. Find out more at www.albuquerqueherbalism.com.

Entertainment

Sweet sounds will be emanating from the Main Stage of the Rail Yards Market featuring the multi-talented Educator/Artist/Writer/Musician Seth Hoffman. Community Publishing will be publishing Seth’s bilingual multimedia book titled Janie & the Hummingbird (click link for more info). The book will feature music, art and literature from Seth’s imagination! Seth’s eclectic sounds and positive vibe is appropriate for kids of all ages: take a listen!

For the Rail Yards Market complete entertainment schedule please click here and use the calendar to navigate. 

“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
— A.A. Milne

Be present, be there with your kids in the trenches of their messy bedrooms, playing with them as they sift through their limitless imaginations. They are our best chance to truly change the future in a positive way! See You Sunday!

*Winnie the Pooh image is the property of A. A. Milne via the Disney Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

Sustainable Living for a Healthy You

 

Sustainable Living for a Healthy You by Alex Paramo

Sustainability

In Environmental Science Sustainability is defined as the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supportinglong-term ecological balance. It is a common term in today’s lexicon and in reaches from the Universal to the Interpersonal. Our lifestyles can be termed as sustainable or unsustainable. What is the key to sustainability? Balance in every aspect of our life. 

At the Rail Yards Market their mission calls for a focus on creating a sustainable local economy but that is only one component. Weekly at the RYM, educators, vendors, entertainers and volunteers create an environment that is fueled by a passion for the local environment. This Sunday they have many opportunities for you to learn about how to participate in the creation of a sustainable world.

Sustainability in the STEAM Zones

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The fine folks at Sanctuary at ABQ have a myriad of activities planned including:

Bird House Project:

  • 2 bird houses
  • Can of Enviro-coating

The Children’s zone will have Kids Project:

  • Mini paper Cups
  • Organic Soil
  • Mint or sunflower seeds

There will also be various displays including an Aquaponics display and Solar Panel Display. A Solar City and Corn Hole Game for Raffle. Additionally they will have lots of reading materials covering:

  • Sustainable Farming
  • Aquaponics
  • Enviro-coating

SustainabilityJoining Sanctuary at ABQ is April Parrish. April Parrish is a local Artist who lives in the East Mountains of Albuquerque and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. Her passion is founded in continuously learning, expressing and celebrating the Creative Principles at work in All Peoples and All Life while seeking the common threads of Sustainability and Beauty in a gentle ‘footprint’ on the Natural environment we all share on Our Earth. More information about April and her organization can be found here.

April is bringing an open canvas to RYM Sustainability Day’s STEAM Zone to share in a Live Community Earth Paint creation. The public will be painting, learning and playing creatively together!

Music and Yoga for a Sustainable Life

SustainabilityOn our Main, among others, the folks from Mi Vida Yoga will be on hand to help you get into the proper balanced zone physically, mentally and spiritually!

Their program begins at 10 am so do not miss it! We also have various local musicians including RYM favorites, La Rondalla de Albuquerque. Find the complete schedule by checking on our calendar here.

Remember the words of the late Historian Howard Zinn, “You don’t have to engage in grand heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions (billions) of people can transform the world.” This Sunday, August 2nd from 10-2pm, the Rail Yards Market offers the opportunity for you to learn how you can do your small part.

See You Sunday!

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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community PublishingCommunity Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

Rail Yards History

The Rail Yards – Hallowed Grounds

One of my favorite aspects of my involvement with the Rail Yards Market is the occasional moment when a patron comes up to the info booth and tells us about some connection that they have to the Rail Yards grounds. “My grandpa worked here 25 year,” or “I spent 30 years of my life in these buildings. It was tough work but very satisfying.” With their rugged exterior and majestic interior beauty, it is not hard to imagine that these structures and the folks who worked in them, were Albuquerque’s economic engine for many years!

STEAM Zones

We will have two artists in our STEAM Zone honoring the Rail Yards history: Albuquerque artist Aaron Richardson was born in San Antonio, Texas. Richardson is a modern realist/ expressionist painter working in oil paints and charcoals. Since 2000 he has been doing commissioned portraiture and had a solo show at Albuquerque’s Ace Barbershop in 2013. Richardson lives and paints in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Third generation Albuquerquean Eric Thelander has taken over 2,000 images of the Rail Yards buildings. He is a visual artist and welder by trade that turns his images into steel engraved etchings. Eric was featured in the Spring 2015 edition of Trend Magazine (Art, Design and Architecture)!

Steel Engraving by Eric Thelander

In our Children’s Zone we will have the fine folks from Seeds: A Collective Voice. They will be creating a seed mural with the kiddos! Bring your kids to the Children’s Zone so that they can participate in this fun and educational activity!

Seeds Mural

SEEDS: A Collective Voice began in 2013 by Mexican born-New Mexico Based Artist Jade Leyva in partnership with non-profit Avokado Artists as the first multi-media art exhibit in New Mexico to bring attention to ancient and organic seed preservation.

Our Entertainment line-up features folk, americana and the blues! Our Main Stage is headlined by NM music legends – The Rudy Boy Experiment! Check out the rest of our entertainment lineup by clicking here and using the calendar on the top right hand side of the screen. 

If you are interested in learning more about the history of these hallowed grounds, the WHEELS Museum a Rail Yards Market sponsor, will be on hand to provide info and insights! The museum has been a tireless advocator for the preservation and renewal of the Rail Yards grounds! Look for them next to the info booth. See You Sunday from 10 am to 2pm!!

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Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community PublishingCommunity Publishing brings Alex Paramo Summer Solsticelocal artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market#JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org