El Mogote Cooperative in Cañones has built a new hoop house—provided by CSC’s Cooperative Development Center (CODECE) -- to help the coop extend its growing season. Early sales of organic vegetables is going well and the season promises to yield bumper crops. Several local Cañones organic farmers are selling their produce through El Mogote Coop, so that the cooperative can bundle its sales.
San Felipe Pueblo native Bryce Townsend is leading a new farming cooperative on his ancestral farmlands with help from CODECE. In its first year, the Townsend Family Cooperative has planted 4 acres of organic vegetables and CODECE has helped identify markets for the produce from the cooperative farm.
The Jirón Family Cooperative also began its first season at Isleta Pueblo just south of Albuquerque. The family farming cooperative has planted two acres and its farm plan includes native concho corn, used to make chicos.
CSC has launched its College Readiness Initiative (CRI) to help Mexicano and Chicano students improve their ACT scores. CRI is working with Teach for America alumni to test an innovative approach that program director Javier Rojo hopes will permit these students to avoid taking remedial courses at the university and college level.