Launched by Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation, the first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than five hundred United States-based groups who are cultivating a better food system, including these six from New Mexico:
Cooking with Kids seeks to motivate and empower young people to make healthy food choices by delivering hands-on educational programming, such as supporting school gardens, cooking classes, and tasting sessions. Local chefs and farmers are invited to participate in the programs that reach more than 5,000 students of all ages.
Erda Gardens and Learning Center is a grassroots community organization that seeks to improve sustainability in New Mexico. They provide healthy produce and seek to build a community around sustainable gardening.
Farm to Table aims to improve communities’ access to healthy, locally-grown food throughout the state. The organization links local food production to local needs by encouraging family farming and farmers markets, as well as informing public policy.
La Semilla Food Center’s mission is to build a healthy, self-reliant, fair, and sustainable food system in the Paso del Norte region of southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. The Center works with children, youth, and families to build awareness around food issues, provide informed analysis, and create alternatives for healthier environments and communities.
Project Feed the Hood is a food literacy and community gardening initiative that aims to improve community health through education and the revival of traditional growing methods. Project Feed the Hood’s goal is to engage people in an alternative food system steeped in history, tradition, and sustainable agriculture. Their food system empowers locals to improve their community health.
The Veteran Farmer Project (VFP) offers veterans short workshops on sustainable farming practices, hands-on gardening, and farming experience, so that the vets are able to start or work at a sustainable agriculture business. VFP provides a therapeutic garden space for veterans to learn to grow fresh produce. Since January 2012, the VFP has offered annual workshop series, focusing on technical aspects of vegetable production and animal husbandry.