According to the United States Farm Bureau, only 1 in 50 American citizens have any farming experience (2%). That is why Chihuahuan Desert Charities LOVE to show off our students! Here you see students presenting their regenerative agriculture projects. They designed and gave a public presentation to demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge during the Community Farm Showcase Day.
A 2015 study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 34 percent of all kids between the ages of 2 and 19 ate fast food on any given day. Parents are faced with a multi-billion dollar advertising industry working to pack more junk into our kids just to make a profit. As a result, kids are less familiar with the very types of foods that are most healthy for them, like fruits and veggies.
Throughout history, civilizations have risen or fallen depending on the fertility of their topsoil.
Great civilizations have fallen because they failed to prevent the degradation of the soils on which they were founded. The modern world could suffer the same fate. This is according to Professor Mary Scholes and Dr. Bob Scholes who have published a paper in the journal Science, which describes how the productivity of many lands has been dramatically reduced as a result of soil erosion, accumulation of salinity, and nutrient depletion.
Las Cruces is a food desert and its time to take action.
Defined by the USDA, food deserts are parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers.
The “Love the People, Feed the People of Las Cruces” campaign, sponsored by Chihuahuan Desert Charities, has begun! The campaign will run until October 1st. Proceeds will support the DYGUP & SUSTAIN Program at Legacy Farm.