Every other Thursday (opposite week of the general group meeting)
Dates: April 16, April 30, May 14, May 28
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Meeting link: https://www.gotomeet.me/NewMexicoFirst/meeting-with-lilly-irvin-vitela---new-mexico-first or call 224-501-3316, access code: 226-727-021.
The emergency food sector is experiencing unprecedented demand for food and instability in the supply chain. In a state that has the highest child hunger rates in the nation and among the highest hunger rates among the elderly, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit New Mexico rural, frontier, Tribal/Pueblo and urban communities very hard. Not only is COVID-19 a huge public health crisis, it is contributing to our pre-existing public health crisis around hunger and malnutrition.
Local farmers, ranchers, and producers are already helping to get food to New Mexicans.While it is early in the growing system, harvesting has already begun.While many New Mexico farmers are subsistence farmers, others are producing food that can contribute to local food systems.Additionally, New Mexico local agriculture includes fresh food as well as stable shelf-life items like beans, pozole, atole, peanut butter, nuts, and so much more.
The New Mexico Farmer’s Marketing Association, NMFA, is match making between organizations, Tribal/Pueblo Government, and others responsible for emergency food relief and local agricultural producers. https://farmersmarketsnm.org/ or contact Michael Venticinque with the NMFMA for help with match making at firstname.lastname@example.org
Agri-Cultura Network is a cooperative with nine member farms and provides access to local produce to promote nutrition and economic development through traditional and innovative agricultural practices, therefore furthering environmental and community stewardship to strengthen the agrarian and cultural heritage of our land and its residents. http://agri-cultura.org/en/coop/
More local farmers, ranchers, producers, and CSAs are being added to the SHARENM.org free on-line Resource Directory daily.