Andi Murphy, Las Cruces Sun-News)--With a grant from the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program, people who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may now purchase food at the Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market.
"It's really to get more people to the farmers market," said Rebecca Wiggins-Reinhard, Farm to School director with La Semilla...To get EBT accepted in Las Cruces, they had to work with WIC (Women, Infants and Children program), the New Mexico Department of Health, the City of Las Cruces, each of the farmers markets and New Mexico State University, she said.
"It's happening all over the nation," she said about EBT being accepted at farmers markets. "But there's been sort of an obstacle to get those machines. This grant was a chance for us to hire that outreach coordinator (who will be at the market to run the machines)." Continue reading here.
Congratulations to 2013 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award winner and La Semilla Board Member Ricardo Salvador, Ph.D.
"The James Beard Foundation has announced the five recipients of its annual Leadership Awards. The Leadership Awards honor pioneers in the food system that are making positive changes to the food world as a whole."
Read "5 People Changing the Food System" in the Huffington Post to learn more.
Maggie Asfahani Hajj (El Paso Times, May 28) -- For El Pasoans keen to take part in the ever-expanding movement toward buying and eating locally produced foods, area farmers markets provide a visible reminder that not all good things come from the local grocery store. And come next month, they'll have even more choices with the expansion of the Downtown Artist Market to include regional food producers.
"Farmers markets play a concrete role both in terms of raising awareness and education around rebuilding those connections and those relationships, and in getting to know who's producing the food, whether it's farmers or backyard gardeners," said Aaron Sharratt of La Semilla Food Center, a nonprofit organization that runs community gardens and youth programs in the Paso del Norte and Southern New Mexico regions. Continue reading here.
La Semilla Youth Farm is Hiring Youth Ages 14 to 22 for our 2013 Raices de Tradicion y Salud Program! Click here to find out more information and to apply. The application deadline is May 13.
By Rebecca Wiggins-Reinhard
IATP Food & Community Fellows Blog
Posted April 7, 2013
One of my greatest joys is watching young people bloom. In my professional life, I am a fortunate witness to this every day. I see the happiness that comes when kids plant seeds for the first time, or taste turnips that they grew themselves, and the confidence that builds in our young service members as they become teachers and role models for other youth. Continue reading here.
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: Bringing Families and Community Together with Food
Today, La Semilla Food Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico (La Semilla is Spanish for “the seed”), is operating within the region to address these serious issues.
La Semilla’s programs range from involvement in school gardens and curricula, including a youth farm, to policy reform and much more. Staff at the center have seen young people literally transformed by being able to take charge of their own food system as well as that of their community.
“La Semilla is really about creating a vibrant, sustainable and equitable food system in the Paso del Norte region, in which our focus is mainly El Paso to Las Cruces,” Aaron Sharratt, co-founder of La Semilla Food Center, told Organic Connections. “It’s ensuring that all residents in our region can have access to healthy and affordable food. That’s a huge challenge and something that motivates us daily—figuring out how that looks and what we can do to improve the situation.”
Read the full article at Organic Connections...
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