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A day on the farm: Visiting AFSC partners in North Korea

Linda Lewis, AFSC's country representative for China and the DPRK (North Korea), describes her May 2013 trip to partner farms and organizations in North Korea, where farm managers are working to introduce sustainable practices and improve yields.

Granja para Manana (Farming for Tomorrow)

  Jedrek Lamb, a graduate of the AFSC-NM Farmer Training Program is spotlighted in the June 2013 issue of Local Flavor, a Santa Fe publication focusing on New Mexico’s food culture.  In the article, Jedrek credits Agri-Cultura Farmer Cooperative, and La Plazita Institute, both partners of AFSC-NM, as guiding him to reconnect with nature and traditional agricultural practices.

San Ysidro Day 2013

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

AFSC helped organize the annual San Ysidro Day celebration with partners the South Valley Acequia Assoication, La Plazita Institute, and Agri-Cultura Network. This tradition, held in New Mexico for 400 years, celebrates San Ysidro, the patron saint of farmers. The ceremony includes blessings of the land and water by indigenous elders of the Isleta Pueblo, Dine, Red Wolf Clan as well as Catholics and Penitente brothers.

Bringing sustainable farming, farmers together in China

Five farm managers from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and one U.S. farmer—Don Bustos of AFSC’s New Mexico program—joined AFSC staff and partners in northeast China in August, where they visited  research facilities as well as conventional and organic farms to explore sustainable farming techniques that could be adapted on their own farms.

Linda Lewis, AFSC’s country representative for China and the DPRK and Zhang Jin, program assistant for training, coordinated and accompanied the tour.

Improving Rice Production in North Korea (DPRK)

Given the short growing season in DPRK, farm managers have introduced techniques that help with rice cultivation. These systems of rice intensification are meant to get the most out of each rice seed, increasing yields.

AFSC in North Korea (DPRK)

A brief introduction to AFSC's program work in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea).

Growing Local Food for School Children

This four minute video shows the AFSC New Mexico project "Agri-Cultura Network" that successfully brought small organic farmers together to sell to the local public schools.

Impact of the Farm Bill and AFSC's Advocacy Role for Sustainable Farmers

U.S. Farm Bill is a Food Bill

by Don Bustos

originally published in the Green Fire Times, December 2011

Traditional New Mexican Agriculture: We Had a Regional Food System


by Don Bustos, AFSC NM Director

originally published in Green Fire Times, Nov 2011

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