LAS CRUCES SUN-NEWS
By Andi Murphy, 10/3/2012
ANTHONY, N.M. — A 14-acre patch of brown dirt in Anthony, N.M., is broken up by a few weeds and long-dead cotton stems.
By spring, it will be sectioned into zones that will harbor corn, watermelon, squash, flowers and more. La Semilla Food Center has many plans for that piece of land, donated to them by Kent and Martha Halla.
But first things first: they have to build a water well.
"In order to start that project in the spring, we're going to need a well," said Cristina Dominguez-Eshelman, co-director of La Semilla. "In a way, that well is a community project." Read more...
La Semilla Youth Farm Needs Your Votes!
We can win $15K and technical design assistance. La Semilla Food Center applied for a $15,000 Nature’s Path Gardens for Good organic garden grant to support La Semilla Youth Farm. Show your support by voting once per day until June 30: http://bit.ly/MavJb1
La Semilla Youth Farm will take root on 14 acres of farmland donated to La Semilla in 2011. Our idea is to educate & empower young people to create a vibrant food system that helps improve our individual, community, and environmental health. The Farm will incorporate agroecological and dryland farming practices and focus on plant varieties appropriate for the Chihuahuan Desert where we live.
On the Farm, we will conduct a three part youth program growing nutritious food, conducting family healthy cooking workshops, and selling produce that is grown. Profits from the Farm will be reinvested in growing the next generation of farmers, food activists, and engaged community members.
With your support, we will be $15K closer to implement our first year of programming on the Farm the spring of 2013. Cast your vote today to support youth in agriculture. You can vote once per day until June 30: http://bit.ly/MavJb1
Help us build La Semilla Youth Farm and become a charter member today.
Join us as we co-design a more equitable food system in which we all have access to affordable, nutritious food and the tools to prepare healthy meals for our friends and families.
Together, we can make access to healthy, affordable food a reality for everyone. We can get healthy, fresh food into the schools and reduce rates of diabetes and other diet related diseases in youth and families in our community. You have until Friday, July 6th to join the first community of La Semilla supporters. Please consider becoming a charter member today.
To make a secure online donation, please visit http://www.lasemillafoodcenter.org/donate.html
. You can also send your donation by mail with a membership form
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The youth we work with teach their parents and siblings what they learn about healthy eating and cooking. La Semilla youth have helped their families to increase the amount of cooking they do with fresh produce and decrease the amount of fast food and soda they consume. Through these efforts, many youth have tried new fruits and vegetables, from apples to kohlrabi. Yes, some youth have never tried apples! Our hope is that the knowledge and skills youth are building will help them and their children to make healthy food choices and end the cycle of obesity and diabetes.
Our programming is proven effective.
Last year, La Semilla completed our two pilot youth programs, Raíces de Tradición and Youth Food Policy Council. Raíces de Tradición y Salud involved growing activities and family culinary workshops. The Youth Food Policy Council surveyed the entire food system from production to waste management. Lessons and recipes created in these programs provide the basis for our school garden efforts.
We focus on sustainable food system issues. By supporting our work, you can make improvements in your local food system and boost the health of your community. La Semilla is working on bigger picture food systems issues with the development of the Paso del Norte Food Planning Taskforce. The taskforce spans multiple sectors including government, business, nonprofit, education, and the community.
La Semilla is hosting a screening of the film Ingredients at The Fountain Theatre in Mesilla on May 19 at 4pm. At the focal point of this film are the farmers and chefs who are creating a truly sustainable food system. Ingredients is a journey that reveals the people behind the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities.
Tickets are $10, $5 for students. All proceeds benefit La Semilla Food Center and the development of La Semilla Youth Farm. La Semilla Food Center works with youth and families to reestablish the connections between food, health, the environment, and local economies.
La Semilla Youth Farm is situated on 14 acres of farmland in Anthony, NM. On this site La Semilla is developing a demonstration and education site for a three part youth program growing vegetables, preparing healthy meals, and selling the remaining produce at farmer’s market stands and restaurants in the area. At La Semilla Youth Farm, youth will have the opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture and where their food comes from, try new fruits and vegetables while learning how to prepare healthy meals, and gain important entrepreneurial skills through marketing the produce they grow.
Call us at 480-277-5312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets.
Help Develop La Semilla Youth Farm We need your votes!
You can help La Semilla win $2500 to support our Youth Farm through Good Maker.
GOOD Maker is a tool to help you make good things happen. GOOD Maker gives individuals and organizations the ability to tap into the public's creativity and energy to address an issue that's important to them. You have from now until April 17th to make your vote count for La Semilla Youth Farm.
- Visit La Semilla's project page at: http://jumo-organizations.maker.good.is/projects/lasemillayouthfarm
- Click "Vote for this Idea" to vote for La Semilla!
- Log in with your GOOD account. If you don't have a GOOD account, it's free to join. All you need is an email address or a Facebook account to register. (If you use an email address, you will be emailed a link that you need to click in order to verify your address.)
- Once you've voted, you'll get a notification at the top of the screen verifying that your vote has been counted.
You may only vote once. Please spread the word to your friends!
Proceeds benefit La Semilla Food Center!
Join us in the first local screening of The Economics of Happiness, a documentary about the worldwide movement for economic localization.
“Helena Norberg-Hodge delivers a powerful message about globalization: It is the small, local economies around the world that are preserving traditions, cultures, and communities, and ultimately safeguarding our happiness.” – Alice Waters, chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse
Healthy and sustainable local food systems are one answer to invigorate local economies. A discussion will be held after the film about what we can do in our own communities.
Tickets are $10, $5 for students on August 27, 4pm at the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla. Purchase tickets in advance from Mountain View Market or contact email@example.com.