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. You can download our 2021 booklet "Crunch, Munch & Chomp: Findings from Farm to Early Childhood Education in New Mexico," here.
We launched our Farm to Food Bank project in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 31st, 2020, the birthday of Cesar Chavez. Small-scale sustainable farms have food, but many of their markets are no longer buying perishable produce. Food banks are experiencing unprecedented need. AFSC is bridging that gap. In 18 months we have directly purchased almost 20,000 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 will in turn provide a portion of the food they grow to the local food bank. Watch a 3-minute video on the impact here.
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You can donate specifically to Farm to Food Bank here, or donate to the larger AFSC with the red donate button in the right hand column.