"Us leaving home wasn’t a result of us coming from a bad home,” Joseluis said. “It was the result of incredible culture loss and ultimately, erasure. And once you see it from that perspective, then the journey back home becomes a cause."
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.