Social Capital: The Roots of a Community

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.

Of course, no wars are won without battles on several fronts.  We are faced with fewer farmers and farms. More suburban developments which mean less farmland. More factory farming and oppression of undocumented workers. Unhealthy calories are being subsidized while we are confronted with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  A diabetes epidemic in most of our poor communities. More food deserts due to poverty and racism. Pesticides and oil and nitrogen! Oh my! All with climate change barreling in and the harmful effects of pollution-related problems like dead zones closing in on us.  If you are anything like me, that is almost enough to give you an anxiety attack.


The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination."
-- Peter Ellyard

There is a light forming at the end of that seemingly dark tunnel.  The organic movement is taking off. There are tons of documentaries, television shows, books and movies focusing on food.  The idea of supporting local food systems and farmers markets spread. Urban farms are booming. Wineries are embracing sustainable standards.  You are seeing food and farming events growing. School gardens and the farm to school programs have expanded.

Watch this powerful video:

Food Movement Rising

Whoever you are, whatever you are, start with that, whether salt of the earth or only white sugar."
-- Alice Walker

Chihuahuan Desert Charities wants to be part of the solution and YOU can be too!  The interactions with everyone you meet are invaluable. Let’s work together and continue to build a movement.

The DYGUP & SUSTAIN Program is a non-profit dedicated to regenerative organic agricultural practices to teach the benefits of land stewardship in the Paso del Norte Region. DYGUP, an acronym for Developing Youth from the Ground Up, is available to youth ages 14-17. The SUSTAIN program targets adults over 18 and combines "Roots Of Success" Environmental Literacy Curriculum with intensive farmer training. The DYGUP/ Sustain Program has many partnerships in the community including Taylor Hood Farms, Backyard  Farms LC, First Christian Church, and Las Cruces High-School. Chihuahuan Desert Charities is proud to be the fiscal sponsor for DYGUP & Sustain and support their important work in the Las Cruces community.

Support the DYGUP & Sustain Program at Legacy Farm in Las Cruces by visiting