Mission & History
Farm to Table’s Mission
Farm to Table’s mission is to build a local, healthy, equitable and sustainable food system.
Core Value Statement
Farm to Table firmly believes that access to food is a basic human right. We also affirm that access to regionally grown healthy and culturally relevant food is paramount to the health and economic wellbeing and sustainability of communities.
As such, our work is centered on investing in New Mexico’s communities, farmers, children, and the environment.
Farm to Table’s Purpose
Farm to Table enhances marketing opportunities for farmers; encourages family farming, farmers’ markets and the preservation of agricultural traditions; informs public policy; and, furthers understanding of the links between farming, food, health and local economies.
Since 1996, Farm to Table has worked to promote sustainable agriculture and advance community wellness and livelihoods across New Mexico. We build capacity by working with New Mexico’s rural, metropolitan, border, and sovereign communities through the development of accessible, equitable and thriving food, farming, and policy initiatives.
Values, Equity and Diversity Statement
A just, equitable, and sustainable food system is one that provides physical, economic and community health; regenerates, protects, and respects natural resources and animals; and ensures that all people live with dignity and freedom from oppression and exploitation.
The concept of equity has taken on increased importance in society and in our work. Engaging in racial and social equity work is a journey and is not linear. As practitioners the Policy Council learns, practices, reflects and repeats. The Farm to Table recognizes the need for adaptations as its members encounter new perspectives and additional information. As such, this statement is a “living framework” to be reviewed and amended as we gain new understandings.
The viewpoints and consultations of diverse groups, agencies, organizations, and policy makers, provide the greatest potential for sharing, learning, and developing policies that benefit our food system, enhance our local economies, honor our social integrity, and value our environment and its resources.
To achieve this Farm to Table
- encourages the leadership, decision making, and community self –determination of small and medium scale farmers, ranchers, farm workers, food chain workers, Indigenous peoples, low-income people, women, and communities of color.
- works to change policies, systems and institutional practices to target resources and benefits towards historically disinvested communities with particular attention to the health and well-being of all people in these communities.
- supports systems and policies that promote resilient local food and farm economies grounded in sustainable agriculture and just distribution of economic benefits.
- practices environmental stewardship.
- respects and supports cultural and Indigenous food traditions.
How was Farm to Table created?
Farm to Table was created in 1996 as the Friends of the Farmers’ Markets (FOFM), and initially focused on farmers’ market development in New Mexico. In 2001, FOFM renamed itself Farm to Table and expanded its mission to include its current program areas and vision.
How we do our work
Farm to Table is the support organization that provides support for a network of like-minded organizations and coalitions striving to fulfill the goal of racial and social equity within food, farming, and ranching systems. Farm to Table and its partner organizations hold each other accountable to these values and work together to collaboratively address equity including and not limited to gender, racial, social, and economic issues that affect our communities and those we represent.
Farm to Table promotes locally based agriculture through education, community outreach and networking. Farm to Table enhances marketing opportunities for farmers; encourages family farming, farmers’ markets and the preservation of agricultural traditions; informs public policy; and, furthers understanding of the links between farming, food, health and local economies.