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.
Sometimes the enormity of climate change can seem overwhelming. What can one person, or even one nation, do on their own to slow and reverse climate change?
Chihuahuan Desert Charities has found a route. We are teaching Las Cruces students sustainable food production and consumption practices that can help mitigate and even reverse impacts of climate change.
We’ve got our garlic bulbs in the ground and our mouths are watering already! We are looking forward to harvesting this culinary staple. Is there anything more irresistible than the smell of roasting garlic? Now, I am a staunch supporter of measuring garlic with your heart (not the recipe) and that is just based on my taste buds. But, did you know there are endless benefits to garlic? It doesn’t just keep the vampires away, it can also keep diseases as bay!
As we discuss the future of our food supply, we must look to educating our youth about regenerative organic agriculture. That is why we are launching our campaign, “Love the People, Feed the People!” We will receive donations for the purposes of The DYGUP & SUSTAIN Program. Proceeds will be used to invest in farming equipment, more crop seeds, improving curriculum, and to cover labor costs to allow for more supervised time with students.
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.
The food movement is gaining momentum but we are at a critical moment. Challenges are being faced and roadblocks are being put up. In the land of capitalism, we will have to maintain a sustained fight. By working together we can keep the movement growing. The roots of change start in our local communities. We, as individuals need to reach out and grow with our neighbors around us. Build on the roots of our community.
DYGUP / Sustain is our premier community program to give direct "working with your hands" training to local students attending Las Cruces High School. Together they learn to build, grow and operate an urban farm conveniently located to their campus. There’s over 100 teenagers involved in our program this year.