La Semilla: Fall at the Farm

November 25, 2015

Raices de Tradición Youth Program
Our third and final session of 2015 wrapped up this past Saturday with youth leading a Healthy Holiday Cooking Workshop.  Raices youth have gathered every Thursday and Saturday for the past 10 weeks, learning about soil health and cultivation, seasonality,  preparing healthy meals with farm fresh produce, and exploring issues within food justice and food systems change.  Youth have been integral to the success of the farm, helping to plant and maintain over 25 varieties of crops this year and they most recently helped to prepare for the first frost of the season.

Edible Education Farm Boxes
Teachers from Gadsden Independent School District and Las Cruces Public Schools participating in La Semilla’s Edible Education professional development workshops are incorporating activities, recipes and lessons into the classroom using farm fresh produce.  Over the last two months, La Semilla Community Farm has provided farm boxes featuring tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach and radish.  Teachers and students alike have repeatedly expressed enthusiasm for the wonderful flavors of farm fresh produce.

3rd Annual Día de los Muertos
Thanks to all who attended and brought wonderful dishes of food to share!  Together, we built a beautiful altar and celebrated life and death as a community.  Thanks also to youth in our Raices program for leading lots of great activities and preparing farm fresh dishes for all!

First Frost brings opportunity for Community Gleaning
The first freeze of the season brought an opportunity for community members to help glean and take home the last of summer’s bounty.  Over 150 pounds of produce were harvested by community members, neighbors of the Farm, and Raices participants and family members.

Cover Crop Workshop Field Demonstration and Farm Walk
In early October, the farm hosted a Workshop on Cover Crops and Cover Crop Rotation for Organic Production.  A Big Thank You to the NMSU Organic Transition Team and the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service/ USDA Organic Transition Project for their continued support and guidance!

Community Education
Students from Gadsden Independent School District’s Special Education Program have been assisting us at the farm every Friday, helping to clear summer beds and clean and save seeds from our hoop house cow pea rotation.  They also learn about the farm ecology and seasons while getting to taste both familiar and new fruits and vegetables, such as kiwano melons.

Anthony High School
La Semilla Community Farm has also been leading a series of public cooking workshops hosted at Anthony High School.  Thanks to Anthony High School for providing a venue for the workshops. Workshops are open to the public and feature healthy recipes and traditional foods from the Southwest.

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