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Farm to school is taking place in all 50 states, D.C. and U.S. Territories! Select a location from the list below to learn more or contact a Core Partner. 

National Farm to School Network

New Mexico

New Mexico Profile

Supporting Partners

Partners across New Mexico work together to strengthen relationships, advocate for policy change, and offer technical assistance and training to farmers, nutrition and foodservice professionals and community stakeholders. For more than a decade there has been a concentrated effort by organizations and agencies in New Mexico to develop programs and initiatives statewide, with an overarching goal to better connect and leverage work happening across the state. Programs have been developed to create opportunities for farmers to diversify their markets into schools and enhance New Mexico’s farming economy; for schools to be able to buy locally while meeting federal school meal rules; to enhance the diets of school children while promoting healthy lifestyles and academic achievement; and reconnect youth and families to their land, culture, and lifeways around food. 

In 2007, the New Mexico Legislature appropriated initial funding for the New Mexico Grown Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for School Meals Program (New Mexico Grown). A coalition of partners, including institutional allies at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, New Mexico School Nutrition Association, and New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council, have begun to work through many of the operational challenges inherent in starting a complex initiative involving many partners. The state-supported farm to cafeteria program helps facilitate the purchase of locally grown foods by connecting agencies and school communities with local farmers to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to the plates of children across New Mexico. 

New Mexico is also home to a number of federal service programs (FoodCorps, Public Allies, and Conservation Corps, to name a few) that aim to collectively work towards building a healthier future for children, farmers, educators, and the land. These programs collaborate with hundreds of partners across the state, region and nation, creating a ripple effect that changes systems in big and small ways at home, in schools and in the field.
Kendal Chavez

Kendal Chavez

New Mexico Core Partner

Farm to School Director

Farm to Table NM

P: 505-470-5748

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