The New Mexico People of the Land Program's overall mission is to revitalize small, sustainable farms throughout the state, thereby protecting culture, natural land, water resources, and jobs, while improving the health of New Mexico's children and their communities. We provided farmer to farmer training programs in Albuquerque, Espanola and Anthony, NM. We build infrastructure for small family farms around the state, including 35 passive solar coldframes and 5 walk-in coolers. We also incubate farmer cooperatives and have built a network of small scale family farms across the state and Pueblos.
As part of our motto "Kids Win When Farmers and Schools Work Together" we have managed a Farm to School program for six years and a Farm to Early Childhood Education Centers for five years. Our Healthy Food Campaigns, like the Great Carrot Crunch, Terrific Turnip Tasting, and Cherry Tomato Chomp, get children excited about eating healthy with fun classroom activities.Working together with farmers and early childhood education staff to create a Farm to ECE program was a learning experience for all of us. Here are the free activity guides for the Great Carrot Crunch, Cherry Tomato Chomp, Give Peas a Chance, and more!
We documented the five years of experience into a short booklet with our insights, photos and stories while highlighting the voices of farmers and teachers. You can download our 2021 booklet "Crunch, Munch & Chomp: Findings from Farm to Early Childhood Education in New Mexico," here.
We ran our Farm to Food Bank project in response to the COVID-19 pandemic from March 31st, 2020, the birthday of Cesar Chavez to September 30, 2021. Small-scale sustainable farms had food, but many of their markets are no longer buying perishable produce. Food banks experienced unprecedented need. AFSC bridged that gap with the help of generous community members and foundations. In 18 months we directly purchased 22,000 lbs of produce from 30 local farms at a fair price and donated to food banks and other relief organizations across the state. We also supplied these farmers with seeds and farm materials, as well as new safety items like face masks and gloves, and they in turn provided a portion of the food they grow to the local food bank. Watch a 3-minute video on the impact here.
Read more about some of the programs that we've created throughout the years: Farm to Preschool, The People of the Land, New Mexico Farmer-to-Farmer training program, and New Mexico Agri-cultura Network.