Last week, the Rio Grande Community Farm, located on the Los Poblanos Open Space at Montano and Rio Grande, made history. It delivered the first batch of local produce to APS for use in cafeterias in the Valley High School Cluster. I'm proud of them. Our sugared-out kids will benefit-- and so will local farms struggling to find markets and thus survive. A WIN-WIN indeed. This is the way to keep local farms in business and prevent childhood obesity and diabetes. I'm glad to have helped by providing seed money for the healthy purchase. This is the kind of pilot program which needs to spread district and even statewide. For more information on the local food movement, and how you can get involved, go to www.farmtotablenm.org.
Pictured here: August 21, 2008. Pictured from left to right: Joan Quinn, RGCF Heritage Board Member; State Senator Dede Feldman, Heritage Board Member and sponsor of legislation appropriating funds to buy locally grown produce; Steve Carleton, APS Food Services Supervisor; Stephanie Dobbie, current RGCF Board Member, Minor Morgan, RGCF Treasurer; Marcia Walton, RGCF Staff.
Corn Maze Now Open
As if growing vegetables for school kids weren't enough, the RGCF recently opened its annual corn maze, a family treat that builds leadership, trust and orientation skills for young and old alike. And it's just good old fashioned fun. The maze, located at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space at 1701 Montano Rd. NW is open Friday evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm, on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and on Sundays and Holidays from Noon-6:00 pm. Adults are $8 and children 4-12 are $4. Kids under 4 are free. Don't loose 'em! There's a special moonlight Maze Sep. 12-13 and Oct. 10-11. Call 505-345-4580 to book groups or classes or go to www.riograndefarm.org for the whole low-down.