Farm to Table works at the local, regional and national levels through innovative, community-driven policy work and strong partnerships.
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.
By building local capacity we are not only creating additional resources in that effort, but we are also cultivating leaders that can bring new perspectives and experience to the work.
The result is innovation that can be shared in other communities and other efforts.
Farm to Table’s Outcomes
Farm to Table programs create positive outcomes by
- ensuring a connection between farmers and school cafeterias enabling the sale of local fresh produce into institutions (schools, senior centers, hospitals, etc.) and area restaurants.
- supporting opportunities to learn that highlight the relationship between children and the food that they eat by integrating school gardens, farming, and health and nutrition as components of educational programming.
- sharing essential information through trainings and individualized technical assistance that engage farmers and buyers about traditional and innovative agricultural methods in the areas of food safety, quality management systems, marketing, enterprises and resource development focused on community food and agriculture initiatives.
- building the public’s understanding of the interrelationship between farming, food, health, education, and economic development by fostering rural and urban community networks.
- helping communities achieve food security that include food retail and financing opportunities.
- empowering previously disenfranchised voices and advancing informed policy through civic engagement and advocacy education.
- connecting food, agriculture, health and equity issues by assisting groups and communities in local, state and federal policy work.
- supporting sustainable agriculture practices.
- educating children and adults about the importance of consuming locally produced food and supporting local agriculture.
- gathering folks in learning environments such as the National Farm to School Network’s Farm to Cafeteria Conference in April of 2021, co-hosted by the Farm to School Alliance, of which Farm to Table is a founding member.