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.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that half of all current farmers are likely to retire in the next decade, leaving a large gap for the next generation to fill. Fortunately, Chihuahuan Desert Charities wants to fill that gap and is focusing on looking out for the interests of young farmers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults have at least two hours and thirty minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity (e.g. brisk walking) every week and muscle strengthening activities on two or more days a week. Children need more physical activity than adults. But achieving these recommendations takes a combination of strategies, including a supportive built and natural environment, opportunity for acceptable activity, and more.
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.
Doña Ana County is in a unique geographic border region known as the Paso del Norte, that is presented with the difficult community challenge of environmental conservation issues that threaten water, soil health, and biodiversity. Converting deserts into arable, green landscapes is a global vision, and desert farming is a strong growth area of agriculture worldwide. Chihuahuan Desert Charities is being proactive and preparing our youth for the future. A large part of the DYGUP regenerative agriculture curriculum is learning the value of composting, biodiversity and enriching soil.
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.