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Farm to School 2021-09-10T21:32:59-06:00

Overview

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) is committed to fostering healthy school environments and increasing market access for New Mexico growers through the New Mexico Grown Farm to School Program. Specifically, farm to school includes one or more of the following program elements: 1) procurement, 2) school gardens and outdoor classrooms, and 3) food education. PED works to strengthen K-12 public, private, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and tribally-controlled schools and school districts’ connection to fresh, healthy food and the local food producers by changing purchasing and education practices across New Mexico.


New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant

The application window for the SY 20-21 New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant is now closed! Please check back January 2022 for updated information for next year.


New Mexico Grown Week

Schools and districts across the state celebrated New Mexico Grown Week and National Farm to School Month a little bit differently this year, and worked to highlight local foods in meals, no matter the means of service delivery. Schools and districts across New Mexico chose to commit to activities ranging from week long New Mexico-grown menus to herb kits sent home for student engagement during virtual learning. The New Mexico Public Education Department is honored to work with such visionary and committed food service heroes

Belen Consolidated School District

Farmington Municipal School District

Hobbs Municipal Schools

Portales Municipal Schools


New Mexico Grown Approved Supplier Program

The New Mexico Grown Approved Supplier Program is designed to grow and diversify the base of New Mexico producers selling to schools and other institutions. The program helps to assure that fresh produce that moving through schools is safe, traceable, and originates from a garden or farm using sound and current food safety practices. The program also helps connect statewide farmers and buyers, and streamlines internal purchasing processes statewide.

If you are a farmer or farmer organization interested in learning more about how to sell to schools through the program, please fill out this survey.


Nuevo Thursdays

Nuevo Thursdays is a farm to school initiative with the overarching goal of serving healthy, freshly prepared school meals that are made from and highlight the foods grown right here in New Mexico. Students and staff are connected to New Mexico grown produce through various touch points – cafeteria tastings, visual storytelling, maps, and classroom curriculum – all of which provide opportunities for individuals to taste and learn about food and the land. The program also integrates opportunities for students to learn about new varieties of fruits and vegetables, biodiversity, New Mexico agriculture, geography, literacy and language, math and science, and more.

Program resources coming soon!


Farm to School Value Chain Resources for Buyers & Growers


Regional and National Resources

Page last updated September 10, 2021