La Semilla Food Center works in southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, to build a local, sustainable, self-reliant foodshed. Through community gardens, greenhouses, youth programs, and technical assistance, La Semilla is grounded in the belief that everyone should have access to affordable, healthy food, as well as the importance of local food in vibrant community economic development. Its various programs include the building of a Youth Farm situated on 14 acres of land, school gardens, garden/cooking/nutrition programs for youth and their families, and a youth council to understand and address barriers to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate foods.
By engaging youth and their families, this organization is creating leaders not just for the future, but also for now.
Source: La Semilla Food Center
Category: Class Act, Food Politics
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