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New Mexico Agri-Cultura Network

From 2009-2012, the New Mexico program of AFSC partnered with three community groups in the South Valley of Albuquerque: La Plazita Institute, e-merging communities, and Valle Encantado. AFSC provided year long training to beginning farmers selected by these community partner in organic food production for institutional buyers such as the public schools. The three year program provided nine beginning farmers with comprehensive training, farm infrastructure (such as shared equipment and cold frames for winter production), tools, seeds, and the ability to aggregate product in a farmer network. The community partners provided land, resources, labor, organizational support, and their hearts to the project. Out of this collaboration, the Agri-Cultura Network was created as a mechanism for small organic farmers to aggregate their produce for wholesale and institutional markets. Agri-Cultura Network is one of the few farmer collectives to sell to the Albuquerque Public Schools year round. Initially incubated by AFSC, it is now run by the three community partners and the farmers.

Albuquerque, NM

Since 1976, AFSC New Mexico has identified with the struggles of local people to empower themselves, with particular attention to water and land use and the need to support traditional ways of life.

AFSC New Mexico creates economic viability through the training of small farmers in sustainable agricultural practices, thereby protecting land and water rights and traditional cultural practices.

AFSC New Mexico provides a popular education model of farmer-to-farmer training in Rio Arriba County, Bernalillo County, Mora County, and Dona Ana County. This hands-on model is a comprehensive training program that teaches beginning farmers all aspects of organic year-round food production. To learn more about the work happening in each county, click here. 

AFSC New Mexico works to create systemic change in the food system to support small farmers and increase access to healthy local food in the community, including local schools.

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