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.
(Emily C. Kelley, New Mexico State University News Release -- Las Cruces, NM) -- About 30 area middle and high school students have spent the last two weeks learning about architecture and sustainable design concepts at the Dona Ana Community College Architecture Discovery Camp, and have even teamed up to design building concepts based on needs in the community...Middle school participants visited La Semilla Food Center’s farm, located near Anthony, N.M., to learn about potential future needs of the nonprofit, whose 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.
La Semilla Farm Manager Jonathan Lessing met with the students during their field trip to the farm and explained the limitations of the land and the desired needs for future buildings. The students designed buildings to meet those needs. 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.
La Semilla Food Center is seeking an experienced organic Farm Manager to oversee daily production operations of La Semilla Youth Farm. The Farm Manager will be responsible for ensuring diversified vegetable and fruit production of 3-5 acres in year one, with increasing production in subsequent years.
The mission of La Semilla Youth Farm is to increase access to fresh and locally grown produce for families, increase access to sustainable agriculture training opportunities, demonstrate the viability of small and sustainable agriculture, and inspire a new generation of farmers, food activists, and engaged community members in the Paso del Norte region.
La Semilla Youth Farm is located in Anthony, NM on 12 acres of farmland. The Farm Manager will be responsible for ensuring diversified vegetable and fruit production of 3-5 acres in year one, with increasing production in subsequent years. In addition to managing production, the Farm Manager will collaborate with staff to provide educational workshops and identify marketing opportunities for distribution of farm products within the region. The Farm Manager will help create long term strategies and goals to develop La Semilla Youth Farm into an economically viable, sustainable education and demonstration farm. Ideal candidates will also have experience working with diverse populations and help to teach beginning farmers.
For more information, please see the full job description here. Applications accepted through Dec. 14, 2012.
La Semilla Food Center is an equal opportunity employer.
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.
Rebecca Wiggins-Reinhard beleives in the transformative possibilities of young people learning about and growing food in New Mexico.
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.