AFSC helped organize the annual San Ysidro Day celebration with partners the South Valley Acequia Assoication, La Plazita Institute, and Agri-Cultura Network. This tradition, held in New Mexico for 400 years, celebrates San Ysidro, the patron saint of farmers. The ceremony includes blessings of the land and water by indigenous elders of the Isleta Pueblo, Dine, Red Wolf Clan as well as Catholics and Penitente brothers.
Eight-year old Stefano goes on a mission to find the source of the produce in his school lunch. Along his journey back to the cafeteria, he meets farmers trained by AFSC’s Agri-Cultura Network and visits farms created through AFSC’s community partnerships.
The Iowa International Center is sponsoring a showing of Harvest of Grief, a film highlighting the plight of Indian farmers driven to suicide by globalization. This program is free and open to the public.
The hour-long documentary examines a wave of suicides among farmers, mostly in the Punjab region of India. Once considered the country’s prosperous breadbasket, the region has seen, by some accounts, as many as 40,000 suicides over the past 20 years.
You are what you eat -- and everything on your plate is corn.
This is the third film in the “Examining Modern Life” series, sponsored by the AFSC, and concerns the topics of Iowa farming, government subsidies, and nutrition.
Engrossing and eye-opening, King Corn is a fun and crusading journey into the digestive tract of our fast-food nation. Fueled by curiosity and a dash of naiveté, college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to their ancestral home of Greene, Iowa, to find out how the modest corn kernel conquered America.
The handbook features information and lessons on planning a garden, soil preparation, water, seeds, plants, insects, harvesting, winter production and food systems. Interspersed in the lessons are stories by the Advisory Council about farming in New Mexico, including using the acequia system, chile harvesting, and the tradition of San Ysidro Day. Photographs of familiar New Mexico landmarks and hand drawings by local New Mexico artists add to the charm of the handbook.
Building a Community Garden: A Collaboration of New Mexico Farmers and Educators” was published by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) of New Mexico in February 2010 as a handbook for school teachers and community groups to teach gardening skills. The AFSC convened a nine person Advisory Council made up of local farmers and teachers to create lesson plans that can enhance the classroom curriculum to meet state standards for middle schools and also can be used with community groups who are creating gardens.
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