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Food and Agriculture

At Northern New Mexico College, ¡Sostenga! The Center for Sustainable Food, Agriculture, and Environment seeks to preserve and enhance the natural heritage of northern New Mexico through hands-on learning and economic development. As a center for collaboration and research, ¡Sostenga! seeks to foster sustainable living.

The Española Food Hub is a new development under way in Española. The project is a collaborative effort among the City of Española, several non-profit entities, led by Siete del Norte, and several funding organizations, including the National Heritage Area. The Food Hub will establish a regional food distribution network and market for regional agricultural products, and house an advanced dance institute with Moving Arts Española.

The Northern Rio Grande’s living heritage is visible in places such as Chimayó, where chile farmers still irrigate with communal ditches and are renowned for their native green and red chiles. “In autumn, Deborah Madison writes in Saveur magazine, “the scents of apples and of piñon smoke, from fires used to roast the chiles, saturate the air.” Other traditional, favorite foods in New Mexico include Bizcochitos (sugar, anise, and cinnamon cookies) and Pastelitos (fruit pies cut into little rectangles). The Bizcochito is the “Official State Cookie of New Mexico.”

Meet the Artists > Affiliations > Studio Tour > High Road Studio Tour

Marco A. Oviedo
Oviedo Carvings & Bronze Gallery

Marco A. Oviedo
Traditional Wood Carving and Contemporary Bronze Sculpture by Marco A. Oviedo

Marco A. Oviedo
Oviedo Carvings & Bronze Gallery

Marco A. Oviedo
Traditional Wood Carving and Contemporary Bronze Sculpture by Marco A. Oviedo

Meet the Artists > Types of Art > Native American Arts > Painting

Nelson, Deborah

Nelson, Deborah

Deborah Nelson
  • Deborah's art training began in Riverside, California. The young artist was introduced to scientific and naturalist illustrator, Karoly Fogassy, who provided her with private instruction and mentored her through her apprenticeship. He taught her how a professional uses pen, pencil and paint, how to observe and interpret.
  • Professionally Deborah’s career began as a scientific illustrator. Wildlife provided the main themes for her studio work, gaining commissions from the American Bass Association, Save the Seal Foundation and participating in National Audubon exhibitions. Juried exhibitions include the Western Spirit Art Show and Vandewark Miniature Show in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Deborah received her BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • Today, she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband. The wondrous New Mexico light and southwest setting provide the inspiration and opportunity to capture the images she loves in the western setting that is her heritage.

What We Do > Projects & Partnerships


“Luz es Vida” is a themed series of events, projects and youth education programs in Questa and the surrounding areas, collaboratively organized by Land, Experience and Art of Place (LEAP) to highlight and celebrate the local, natural and cultural heritage of the area. The events and youth education programs are designed to have local value to community members as well as appeal to visitors. This year’s theme, “Luz es Vida” is inspired by UNESCO’s 2015 "International Year of Light".

What We Do > Who We Are > Board

Karl Cordova

Karl Cordova

Board Member - Superintendent, Pecos National Historical Park
Karl Cordova is the superintendent at Pecos National Historical Park and the official National Park Service representative on the Board of Directors. Karl is a 24-year veteran of the National Park Service and he has worked in six different parks and served as legislative fellow for the U.S. Senate and the National Park Service. Karl's experience of working with local communities and national policy are a natural fit for the Board of Directors. Karl's family has roots that are nine generations of ancestors in Taos and Santa Fe counties. This unique blend of history and experience brings a perspective that can help support the mission of the National Heritage Area. He looks forward to the many great years to come in the Northern Rio Grande NHA.

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Notice of Grant Availability

In 2006, the US Congress established the Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area (NRGNHA) (Río Arriba, Santa Fe, and Taos counties) to help tribal and local governments and other public and private entities conserve and sustain cultural, historical, archaeological, and natural resources.  To meet the Congressional mandate, NRGNHA, Inc. developed a grant program to make federal funds available to support a variety of projects in the Heritage Area.

The mission of the NRGNHA is to help sustain the communities, languages, cultures, traditions, heritage and environment of Northern New Mexico.

Communities, tribal and local governments, land grant associations, non-profit organizations, youth programs, historical and archaeological societies, and preservation groups are encouraged to apply for grant funding up to $10,000 that support the NRGNHA’s mission and goals.

An original & one (1) copy of the entire application is DUE by September 23, 2022!

Hand-deliver to:  109 E. Paseo de Oῆate, Espaῆola, NM  87532


Mail to:  P.O. Box 610, Espaῆola  NM  87532

To request an application at: or call (505) 752-7273; or forms may be downloaded from the Grant section our website

Important Dates

Grants Cycle 2022 23

Grant Application Forms



Grants Funded

Since 2009 the National Heritage Area has made grants available to over 60 organizations. The following document lists the different organizations who have received grants during the period for their projects:


2009-2018 Grants Awarded by County