The Agri-Cultura Cooperative Network provides access to local produce to promote nutrition and economic development through traditional and innovative agricultural practices, therefore furthering environmental and community stewardship to strengthen the agrarian and cultural heritage of our land and its residents.
The work of the founders of Los Jardines Institute spans over 70 years of social, environmental and economic justice organizing, education and building a multi-generational movement. We are a predominately volunteer-run organization that supports itself through our projects and grassroots fundraising.
Jemez Pueblo Dale Hoya, farmer
SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP)
The SouthWest Organizing Project was founded in 1980 by young activists of color to empower our communities in the SouthWest to realize racial and gender equality and social and economic justice. We seek to redefine power relationships by bringing together the collective action, talents, and resources of the people within our communities. We work primarily in low-income communities of color to gain community control of our land and resources.
Project Feed the Hood is a food literacy and community gardening initiative of SWOP that aims to improve community health through education and revival of traditional growing methods. Across the globe, exploitive food systems undermine health, dignity, democracy and human rights. Low-income communities of color face daily obstacles to provide quality meals for their families. Project Feed the Hood’s goal is to engage people in an alternative food system steeped in history, tradition and sustainable agriculture that empowers them to improve their community health.
Tesuque Pueblo Farm Emigdio Ballon
The Pueblo of Tesuque has revived traditional farming techniques on over 70 acres, producing traditional crops, herbal medicines, many varieties of fruit, grains, and vegetables, as well as several non-traditional crops including asparagus and 750 fruit trees. The farm is home to local beehives which provide the necessary pollination, as well as honey and beeswax for the community. A straw bale, solar powered seed bank preserves key species and we harvest water and have installed both a solar dryer and solar shower.