Agri-Cultura Network

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No other way but equality and community

This is an excerpt from an interview with Don Bustos, program director with AFSC in New Mexico. Please visit Acting in Faith to read more and comment. 

Lucy Duncan (LD): What changes have you witnessed in the communities in which you've worked?

Don Bustos (DB): People used to say the model you've created only depends on you. I'd say, "If that's true, then the model's not working."

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic...and Lunch!

Albuquerque Public School (APS) students are experiencing new tastes and flavors and learning a new way of eating, thanks in part to the Agri-Cultura Network. ACN is a group of New Mexico farmers providing food for students in APS schools. 

Public News Service talked to AFSC’s Don Bustos about the farmers and to the schools about students’ reactions to the new tastes.

Listen at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/28030-1

AFSC New Mexico Work Spotlighted by Why Hunger

Recently the AFSC New Mexico program hosted the annual conference of USDA CFP grantees. AFSC NM is a grantee and was happy to show its work to other grantees from around the country and learn about their work.

AFSC New Mexico staff and AFSC trained farmers hosted a tour of their USDA funded work, the Agri-Cultura Network. Here is one tour participants' blog about that tour:

New Mexico Agri-Cultura Network

Agricultural trainees

Agricultural Network trainees

Agricultural Network trainees.

From 2009-2012, the New Mexico program of AFSC partnered with three community groups in the South Valley of Albuquerque: La Plazita Institute, e-merging communities, and Valle Encantado. AFSC provided year long training to beginning farmers selected by these community partner in organic food production for institutional buyers such as the public schools.

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