This year, TCEDC has joined the Global Giving Tuesday 2019 Movement to increase our impact within our Northern New Mexican community and beyond. TCEDC has been working for 33 years to restore a sustainable community food system that has sustained our people and their land-based lifestyles for hundreds of years. Due to the new regulations it now costs more than ever to be compliant with FSMA regulations. This cripples a vast majority of food businesses, preventing them from making it past the initial testing phase for their product to be compliant with the Food and Drug Administrations’ Food Safety Modernization Act. We at TCEDC are starting the Taos Food Center Business Fund to provide financial assistance to assist new food vendors to pay for their testing costs. With your donation, you make it possible for five new vendors to get their unique product onto the shelves of the grocery store.
Our goal is to raise $2,500 which would help five new food businesses get their start in the Taos Food Center.
Since Taos County Economic Development Corporation (TCEDC) was founded in 1987 by Terrie Band Hand and Pati Martinson, the challenges facing our community were those of a historic, semi-isolated, rural area transitioning from a centuries-old, self-sufficient agrarian base to a commercially focused economy. Throughout the years, TCEDC has chosen to work on Community Based Economic Development through value-added and educational opportunities, providing assets and tools for the community that supports and protects the environment of this unique valley. As the gap between rich and poor continues to widen, people’s sense of security, peace, and quality of life is at risk. TCEDC continues its work to expand and enhance services that provide hope and inspiration.
The issues that our community was facing in the ’80s have not changed, but the costs of testing, licenses, and permits required by the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has dramatically increased, making it difficult more than ever for people to create and sell their own value-added product. In the last year, the required amount of money for new food vendors to get their product certified by FSMA now costs anywhere from $500-$2000 for a start-up food business to have their product tested and approved. This initial cost alone often deters people who have taken our Food Sector Opportunity Project Class, a weeklong course where students attend the class for five days, eight hours each day designed to provide answers and information to people in all phases of food production.
Your year-end gift can make it possible for a food vendor to sell their healthy, local food in stores locally and statewide. Please join us today to help support the food, land, water, and cultures of the people of Northern New Mexico. All donations, whether you give one time or recurring, are tax-deductible and will be receipted. In these 24 hours, with your help, we can raise $2500 for #GivingTuesday for our #TaosFoodCenterBusinessFund.
Thank you for your support over the years,