Jim Fahey and his wife Linda moved to New Mexico in 1997 to join the orthopedic faculty at the UNM Medical School. Although he was still working full time he managed the Corrales Growers Market for a year and served as a board member of that agricultural organization. Linda retired from her career as a registered nurse and immersed herself in the civic involvement including the Corrales Main Street and Friends of the Corrales Library.
In 2003 he retired from UNM Medical School and began more actively pursuing his passion for gardening. He still maintains a booth at the Growers Market where he sells organic produce grown on his land. Jim’s involvement in Corrales continued to grow like his vegetables, as he served from 2006 until 2010 on the Corrales Village Council. Due to districting he could not run again for the Village council and instead ran for the SSCAFCA board of Directors and won his seat with 14,789 votes.
Jim’s interest in watershed management, flood control and storm water was triggered by a flooding event in 2006 that was successfully handled by SSCAFCA and the Village of Corrales. After assisting in the emergency action caused by this storm water event, Jim became even more involved in the community’s flood control. Jim regularly attended SSCAFCA board meetings following this event as a representative of the Village of Corrales.
Jim joined the SSCAFCA board of directors in 2011 and will use his strong relationships with the Village of Corrales to continue building partnerships with SSCAFCA. In the future he would like to see additional options for storm water use in rehabilitation of wetlands and restoration of the Bosque cottonwood forest.