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Local Food and Farm to School Awards

The Annual Local Food and Farm to School Awards celebrate individuals and organizations in New Mexico who are actively fostering innovation around our local food economy. The Awards are designed to ignite a statewide passion around local food that ultimately will create change in systems, thinking and approaches to food production, use, distribution, and policy.

Awardees are honored in person at the Annual Food & Farms Day at the Roundhouse with a ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda.

2020 Local Food and Farm to School Awardees

  • Heart of the Land Award for Outstanding Leadership in Farming and Ranching: Honoring Dorothy Bitsilly, Navajo Nation
  • Seeding the Future Award for Best Farm To School Practices: Zuni Public School District, Zuni Pueblo
  • New Mexico Grown Award – Celebrating Best Practices in School Nutrition: Gadsden Independent School District Student Nutrition Program, Dona Aña County and Southern Otero County
  • Good Food for New Mexico Award – Celebrating Farmers’ Markets: Tucumcari Farmers’ Market, Quay County
  • Sowing Change Award for Organizations Engaged in Creating Sustainable Food Systems: Agri-Cultura Network, Bernalillo County

2019 Local Food and Farm to School Awardees

  • Educational Program of the Year: Aldo Leopold Charter School
  • School Food Service Director of the Year: Marie E. Johnson
  • Farmers of the Year: Graves Farm and Garden
  • Farmers’ Market of the Year: Española Farmers Market
  • Double Up Food Bucks Champion of the Year: Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute
  • School Garden of the Year: James Elementary School
  • Organization of the Year: La Montañita Coop Distribution Center

2018 Local Food and Farm to School Awardees

  • Farmer of the Year: Omar Qureshi
  • School Food Service of the Year: Lyman Graham
  • Organization of the Year: New Mexico Acequia Association
  • Teacher of the Year: Travis McKenzie
  • Farmers’ Market of the Year: Farmington Growers Market

2017 Local Food and Farm to School Awardees

  • Teacher of the Year: Charlotte Alderete
  • Organization of the Year: La Plazita Institute in Albuquerque
  • School Food Service of the Year: Barbara Berger
  • Double Up Food Bucks Outlet of the Year: Aztec Farmers’ Market
  • Farmers’ Market of the Year: Downtown Growers’ Market
  • Farmer of the Year: Dale Toya