Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Grant
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded CSC’s Cooperative Development Center a Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Grant (BFRG) for 2015-2016, to help develop new organic farming cooperatives among underserved communities in New Mexico. CSC was the only New Mexico NIFA BFRG grantee in the 2015-2016 cycle. “We are deeply committed to helping our traditional land-based communities create wealth for themselves and their communities through organic farming and other cooperative business ventures,” said CSC Executive Director Arturo Sandoval.
San Miguel County Contract
CSC’s Cooperative Development Center (CODECE) was just awarded a business development contract by San Miguel County to continue its successful development of organic farming cooperatives in the Pecos River area of the county. “We already have successful organic farming coops in the county and this contract will permit us to create even more farm coops for San Miguel County residents,” said CODECE program manager Cristhian Rangel.
La Carpa—Informal Education Programs Division
CSC’s Informal Education Division has launched its College Readiness Initiative in collaboration with Gadsden High school in Doña Ana County in southern New Mexico. Students there took the ACT test in September and are currently receiving intense tutoring from CSC’s Informal Education Division to help them raise their ACT scores high enough to permit them to avoid taking remedial classes when they enter post-secondary colleges and universities. This pilot program will compare two control group results after the December ACT test results are in, according to Informal Education Division Program Manager Javier Rojo.