Over the last 300 years, both Hispanics and Native Americans inhabiting the Taos Valley developed a successful agricultural economy. Farming was a traditional lifestyle for generation upon generation. During the past decades, this self-sufficient base has eroded, due to the transition to a wage economy, dependence on tourism, and the availability of cheaper agricultural products produced elsewhere. Lands that were traditionally farmed by residents of northern New Mexico have fallen out of production. Taos County now faces endemic economic depression and stagnation due to its lack of diversification and the atrophy of its agricultural economic base.
TCEDC Community Garden is where residents plant, cultivate, harvest, and sell produce from various projects, providing education, life skills, socialization, culture preservation and work-training opportunities to a variety of the more vulnerable of community members.
In 2018, the TCEDC implemented the Garden & Kitchen Youth Internship Program (with Partner Sponsor Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation), intensive training for area at-risk youth between the ages of 15-21 from the Taos Pueblo and our ethnically diverse local community to learn “from seed to opening a food business”. The project includes a Weekly farm-stand Market as an affordable, accessible opportunity for people to buy fresh produce, and the students will close the season with an “Autumn Harvest Festival” in October. Other programmed events will be a workshop in the Fall on food preservation and a low-cost Kid’s Cooking Camp connected to the Garden this Summer.
Please call (575) 758-8731 or email Tiana Suazo, Garden Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Thank you!