Cultural Tourism Development Launches
CSC has begun efforts to form small cultural tourism businesses in underserved New Mexico rural communities. The Center is currently conducting feasibility studies and field work to lay the groundwork for several new cultural tourism businesses in both Indigenous and Nuevo Mexicano communities. Stay tuned for more updates! Our partners currently include San Miguel County, the McCune Charitable Foundation and USDA.
CSC Partners with Southwest Creations in College Readiness Initiative Work
The Center is collaborating with Southwest Creations in Albuquerque to provide tutoring for mostly Mexicano/Chicano students to prepare for the ACT college entrance exam. The Center is providing the tutors and Southwest Creations recruited more than 50 students interested in taking the ACT exam. Both organizations plan to continue collaborating on this important effort.
CSC Participates in National BFRG Conference
CSC Executive Director Arturo Sandoval presented results of the Center’s work at the national Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference in St. Paul, MN, on August 23-25. Directors of BFRG-funded programs shared experiences in developing emerging and new farmers.
Humans of New Mexico Project Joins CSC
The Center has added a new project to its Informal Education Division. Humans of New Mexico records and photographs the voices and people of New Mexicans to create an archive of daily life across the state.
Humans of New Mexico will highlight individuals in the state and show the diversity of the population. This project is a community-wide effort to capture the complex issues that affect our communities and offer a platform to voice everyday practices of resistance to societal pressures. We recognize that New Mexico has diverse cultural traditions; therefore, we are interested in capturing snippets of communities that have been here for generations as well as new populations contributing to our state.
Cooperative Farms Shorts
The Jirón Family Farm Cooperative at Isleta Pueblo hosted about 18 University of New Mexico students who helped coop members raise a 96’ x 30’ hoop house. The Center is working closely with UNM’s Chicano & Chicana Studies Department to provide experiential learning opportunities to students, who, in turn, provide valuable help to the Center’s cooperatives.
Black Mesa Farming Cooperative at San Felipe Pueblo grew and sold organic produce at the Albuquerque Downtown Farmers Market this season, among several markets they attended throughout the summer season. The coop plans to expand its operations in 2017.
Valle Encantado Farms in Albuquerque’s South Valley has become a project of the Center. Project Director Joseph Alfaro has been organic farming for nearly a decade