Led by Agriculture Implementation Research & Education (A.I.R.E.), this project is working to create an integrated ecosystem in Taos County that fills gaps in the local food chain in order to support local farmers and ranchers (many of them veterans) and takes advantage of local procurement opportunities in the Taos school system.
The Farm to School grant was one of four awarded in New Mexico. Other funded sites in the state include Capacity Builders Inc. in Farmington, La Semilla Food Center in Las Cruces and Taos Economic Development Corporation in Taos. Over $9 million in Farm to School grants were awarded nationally by the USDA.
The human relationship with seeds is one of the most profound connections that people can have, says Miguel Santistevan, farmer and activist.
French-Lakotan Pati Martinson, the interim director for Native American Food Sovereignty and current director of Taos County Economic Development Corp., said, "Connecting food to health… the land and water and those seeds that people have saved and traded for generations is critical for our survival."