CACFP Grant Applications Now Available

The NM Grown grant application period for Fiscal Year 2025 is now open. CACFP program operators in good standing and who self-prepare meals are eligible; see application for details. FY25 (July 2024 – June 2025) funds can be used to purchase eligible local foods (produce and meats) from approved NM growers, ranchers, and food hubs. Learn more: FY24 Allowable Products …

Applications Now Open for NM Grown Approved Supplier Program

The Approved Supplier Program is now accepting applications from growers, ranchers, food hubs, and distributors across New Mexico. You must apply to participate in the New Mexico Grown program during State Fiscal Year 2025 (July 2024 – June 2025). As an approved vendor, your operation will be eligible to sell to state institution and food bank buyers, and you will …

Save the Date: Annual Buyer/Producer Event on February 29

Download and share the flyer for this eventFood buyers and local producers are invited to attend the 2024 New Mexico Grown Buyer-Producer Meeting, held virtually on Thursday, February 29th from 1:00-4:00 pm. If you want to sell locally grown and raised products to local schools, senior centers, preschools, and food banks, or if you want to begin purchasing from NM …

2024 Golden Chile Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the winners and contributors at this year’s Golden Chile Award winners. This year’s Golden Chile Award winners are: Project Feed the Hood: Sowing Change Award for Organizations Engaged in Creating Sustainable Food Systems Acoma Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps: Heart of the Land Award for Outstanding Leadership in Farming and Ranching Aztec Farmers’ Market: Good Food for New …

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Request For Proposal for New Mexico grown produce opening December 11

The Food Depot, through the USDA LFPA Regional Farm to Food Bank program, and on behalf of the five regional food banks in New Mexico with locations in Gallup, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Clovis, and Farmington, is soliciting proposals for produce purchase. Produce purchased from New Mexican producers and/or aggregating businesses are intended to address food insecurity in all 33 counties …

Approved Supplier Program Application and Review Process to Undergo Overhaul

To bring a better experience to food producers across the state, the New Mexico Grown Approved Supplier Program applications are being temporarily paused until early 2024. We look forward to bringing you a new way to apply for or renew your ASP certification in the coming months, giving you easier access to buyers and organizations across the state. If you are …

Upcoming: Kids’ Kitchens Listening Sessions (Statewide)

We are pleased to announce that the New Mexico Public Education Department is hosting listening sessions across the State to inform the rulemaking process for SB4, which will kick off in early 2024. A priority for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham during the 2023 legislative session, SB4 aims to increase student access to – and the quality of – school meals …

NM Grown: A Bridge between Schools and Fresh Local Produce

Felina Martinez, writing at the Valencia County News Bulletin, has a great article highlighting the community-strengthening connections that are made when local food buyers connect with food producers through the New Mexico Grown Approved Supplier Program. The New Mexico Grown program, established five years ago, revolutionizes school lunches by connecting institutions like Los Lunas Schools with local farmers. Through this …

Upcoming Event on October 26: Cultivate Wellness in Your Community

Local food producers and institutional food buyers in the southwest region of New Mexico are invited to join us at an event to build strong relationships and create healthier New Mexico communities. On Thursday, October 26, we will host a regional networking event at The Commons: Center for Food Security and Sustainability, located at 501 E. 13th Street, Silver City, …

Save the Date: Regional Networking Event on September 26

Local food producers and institutional food buyers are invited to join us at an event to build strong relationships and create healthier New Mexico communities. On Tuesday, September 26, we will host a regional networking event at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, located at 2401 12th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Event Agenda 4:00 p.m.: Welcome …