Rio Grande Community Development Corporation supports La Cosecha’s Community-Supported Agriculture program designed to promote local agriculture, economic development, healthy eating, and education in the South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Agri-Cultura Network (ACN) began in 2009 as a collaborative project between three South Valley community groups: La Plazita Institute, E-merging Communities and Valle Encantado, who benefitted from a farmer training program through the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). The organizations came together to spur economic development in the area by supporting year-round, financially viable and self-sustainable producers. They learned how to grow using organic and sustainable methods, secured land and tools, and created jobs for local community members. As the farms flourished, the collective bloomed into a farmer-owned brokerage, to jointly sell their produce to markets and restaurants.
See the full story at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation website: Planting the seeds for community health in Albuquerque’s South Valley