Nourishing Community. . .
These are ongoing programs we manage in the Taos area:
Harvest for Hunger Relief - Hunger is a major problem in New Mexico and we’re doing what we can to solve this. We’ve developed a model for other organizations and communities to adopt and operate.
Youth Managed Market - This is an opportunity for area youth to learn about farming and marketing as well as engage with their community and each other in a positive atmosphere.
Fooderal Reserve Note for WIC, SNAP & Seniors - This is an internal monetary system for farmers markets being piloted at the Taos Farmers Sunday Market. This is a matching of government supplemental food programs. It increases sales for market venders and sends shoppers home with double the produce of their government coupons.
EarthCore - Volunteers, service learning groups, our farm club youth, and interns are all part of EarthCore. Concerned citizens engage in education and training of farming skills and serve the community by helping produce food for our hunger relief, nutrition, and education programs.
Community Plots - We offer ½ acre farming plots at our farm location to families, groups, community organizations, schools and as a farm start-kit for apprentice market farmers. We offer development assistance and operating supplies at a substantially reduced rate to assist the strengthening of autonomous and interdependent agrarian farm community development.
Beyond Organic Compost - If there’s something we understand, it’s compost. The sales of our premium compost go back into our educational programs and farm.
Below is a list of some programs we are anxious get rolling. When the time is right and the funding is there, we'll begin.
Greenhouses - To create real, food sovereignty, we must grow food all year. We have a innovate greenhouse and growing technique we are anxious to pilot and share.
All Year Market Exchange - Just because it’s cold out and things aren’t growing doesn’t mean there isn’t need for exchanges. This is a year round program for those who want to keep goods the goods flowing.
Mobile Market - There are many rural (and even urban) communities that do not have decent grocery stores and where the people are not in a position to travel to one. We simply need to take the food to them.
Thanksgiving Baskets - Prior to Thanksgiving we make our final distribution of traditional, seasonal, local foods along with recipes and nutritional information to help reconnect people to their previously healthy heritage.
Diabetes & Agriculture - Diabetes is not only an epidemic in our country, but particularly among native people. We want to cultivate particular crops that thwart the symptoms of diabetes as well get better food into families homes.