New Mexico Farmer-to-Farmer Training Program

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Plowing fields at Sanchez Farm.

AFSC NM provides comprehensive hands-on farmer-to-farmer training led by Don Bustos, AFSC NM director, who has been recognized by the state as an Organic Farmer of the Year as well as by New Mexico State University as an agriculturist of distinction. Beginning farmers are mentored on all aspects of sustainable farming including crop selection, soil health, irrigation methods, harvesting and post harvest handling techniques, business planning, aggregation and marketing. Training is a one year commitment. All trainings and workshops are free of charge. If you are interested in joining the training program, please contact us.

Currently, we have training sites in Bernalillo County, Dona Ana County, and Rio Arriba County.

Bernalillo County
AFSC has offered the training program for five years in the South Valley and created the Agri-Cultura Network for farmers to aggregate and sell their produce together to large markets like the public schools. In one year of support and training from AFSC, the farmers doubled their production and tripled their sales.

Dona Ana County
AFSC has partnered with the Anthony Water District to provide a farm training program for community members in Anthony, Chaparral, and Las Cruces. AFSC is linking the food from the farm to the Las Cruces and Gadstone school district as well as local markets in El Paso and Las Cruces.

Rio Arriba County
The AFSC farmer training program has partnered with Northern New Mexico College !Sostenga! program and area family farms. Each year five community members who want to be farmers are invited into the year long program, from January through December. The primary training site is at !Sostenga! with bi-monthly field trips to local family farms.


Resources for download

  • La agricultura para una comunidad sostenible (PDF)
  • Una Guía de la Comunidad para Organizar Pequeñas Granjas (PDF)
  • Community guide to organizing small farms: Stories from Atrisco
  • Farming for a sustainable community: A training manual

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