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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 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.

New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant

The application window for the SY 20-21 New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant has closed. Check back later for the SY 21-22 information, including the updated Request for Application that is projected to open in early March 2021.

New Mexico Grown Week

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

Program resources coming soon!

Regional and National Resources

Page last updated August 31, 2020