New Mexico Profile
Students across New Mexico are benefiting from the expansion and evolution of farm to school programs in our state. The key to this success is rooted in relationship building, public-private partnerships, and innovative thinking!
Farm to Table:
Farm to Table collaborates with hundreds of partners across the state, region and nation, creating a ripple effect that touches our lives in big and small ways at home, in schools and in the field. The group works with diverse communities across the state to strengthen relationships, advocate for policy change, and offer technical assistance and training to farmers, nutrition and foodservice professionals and community stakeholders. Advocates understand that working together we can build a healthier future for children, farmers, communities and traditions. Farm to school activities in New Mexico link school children with farm-fresh food and educational activities that bring the world of agriculture to life, embrace cultural food traditions, and help instill lifestyle choices that nurture their bodies, communities, and the planet.
The state-supported farm to cafeteria programs help 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!
Initiated through grassroots activism in 2003, the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council (NMFAPC) is composed of groups and individuals working on issues around food and agriculture systems. It educates those affected by these issues in order to develop and advocate for specific policy recommendations and alternatives at the local, state and national levels.
Food Corps NM:
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. FoodCorps does this by placing motivated leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service.
In New Mexico, FoodCorps co-host sites are Farm to Table and the University of New Mexico’s Community Engagement Center. FoodCorps New Mexico Service Sites current sites include La Plazita Institute, Southwest Organizing Project, and Albuquerque Public Schools Growing Gardens Team, Albuquerque, COPE, Gallup, La Semilla Food Center, Anthony, The Volunteer Center, Silver City, and Johns Hopkins, Santo Domingo Pueblo.
La Semilla Food Center:
La Semilla Edible Education efforts seek to connect food systems education with curriculum standards through hands-on gardening and cooking activities. We aim to increase elementary and middle school students understanding of where food comes from, how it is produced, and how it affects our bodies, communities, and environments. We believe garden-based education increases children's excitement about growing while increasing knowledge of our border region and increasing self-reliance through skills development.
We work with master gardeners, educators, parents, children, and community members to plan, design, and implement school gardens as well as facilitate extracurricular student gardening clubs.
Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP):
The SouthWest Organizing Project was founded in 1980 by young activists of color to empower our communities in the SouthWest to realize racial and gender equality and social and economic justice. We seek to redefine power relationships by bringing together the collective action, talents, and resources of the people within our communities. We work primarily in low-income communities of color to gain community control of our land and resources. At the core of our work is the belief that all families have the right to healthy, sustainable environments in which to live, work, and play.
Project Feed the Hood is a farm to school initiative that supports urban and school gardens in ABQ neighborhoods. SWOP has developed curriculum and campaigns focused in the areas of school gardens, student engagement and awareness building, and local and state policy work to support healthy school environments.
Local Community Groups and Food Policy Councils:
Local Food policy councils around the state are working to promote and protect local food and farming in NM, farm to school is an essential priority for these groups. Local FPC's have been established to serve the communities around Santa Fe, Espanola, Silver City, and Las Cruces- and this network is growing stronger every year!