AFSC has been developing small scale organic farms in the South Valley for more than ten years.
We created the Agri-Cultura Network with partners La Plazita Institute, e-merging communities, and Valle Encantado in 2009. From 2009-2012, we built eight passive solar coldframes for season extension so farmers can grow in the winter. Using the AFSC method of incubation and accompaniment, we supported 15 farm sites including La Plazita Gardens, Cornelio Candelaria Organics, Moktezuma Gardens, Los Jardines and Valle Encantado Farm. We also taught farmers how to sell to the Albuquerque Public Schools.
From 2016-2018 we partnered with Los Jardines Institute and La Plazite Institute to collaborate on a joint farmer training program for six South Valley growers. We also supported the two organizations' agricultural projects with technical assistance and infrastructure.
Since 2015 AFSC has supported the Mountain View Garden with seeds, soil amendments, tools and training of community members.
We co-organize the annual San Ysidro Celebration in the South Valley with the South Valley Regional Association of Acequias every May.
Currently we are piloting a Farm to Early Childhood Education Centers with South Valley farmers to get fresh local vegetables and fruits to young children.