New Mexico farmer Don Bustos offers this introduction to sustainable agriculture in northern New Mexico on the occasion of the publication of the new training manual, Farming for a sustainable community.
On Oct. 11, a number of New Mexico state senators enjoyed a harvest meal made with produce grown by farmers from AFSC’s training program. David Henkel of Santa Fe, N.M., who serves as recording clerk of AFSC’s Board of Directors, shared this account of the dinner.
Lucy Duncan (LD): Tell me the history of this farm and its relationship to the AFSC New Mexico program.
Don Bustos (DB): The name of our farm is Santa Cruz Farm, after our church the Santa Cruz Church, and then the Santa Cruz de la Canada Land Grant. I still farm the same land my ancestors farmed over 300 years ago and as you walk outside, you'll see the same land, the same crops, and the same methods that my ancestors used. That's the knowledge we pass on to the trainees.
This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from January 12, 2012 with General Secretary Shan Cretin and Pacific Southwest Interim Regional Director Eisha Mason.
Eisha Mason serves as Interim Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee in the Pacific Southwest. As part of her program work, Eisha worked with partners to pass the only state resolution opposing U.S.
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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