Sustainability is the Wise Choice

Why is sustainability the wise choice?

It’s a wise choice because it can be anything relating to the environment, people, health, food, air, forests, economy, businesses, education, equality, soil and land, animals and ecosystems, trash and waste, pollution, etc.  Phew! That's a lot of things.

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Also, how about the alleviation of poverty?  It is a major hurdle to achieve sustainability.  The powers that be fight against sustainability every day in all we do.  If we start thinking and doing ourselves, we keep the money and our government and corporations do not want that.  Doña Ana struggles with improving child well-being, particularly around poverty and health. 39% of children in Doña Ana live in poverty. (USDA Economic Research Service).

Substantial evidence shows the growth of local food purchasing positively impacts the local economy in a variety of ways. Local food systems have the potential to positively impact the local economy.  Local food systems will inevitably retain more revenue within a region than conventional purchasing. A greater percentage of each dollar will remain in Doña Ana County. In this way, a healthy local food system will foster regional economic development

It is a vital part of Chihuahuan Desert Charities to teach agricultural skills because careers in agriculture are diverse and widespread. The opportunities provided can allow graduates to quickly move into related higher education pathways or pursue agricultural jobs directly after high school.


Leaving the camp better than when you found it. -- Dr. Tom Dormody

campIt is key that we support responsible stewardship of the environment, protect clean air and water, and provide an opportunity for improving physical activity and nutrition in youth.  It is an essential part of our mission at Chihuahuan Desert Charities that the youth participating in our programs learn skills integral to adult lives, creating ambition and curiosity, helping boost academic performance.  

Together we can begin this process of leaving this planet better than we found it for future generations.  What have you left better than you found it? Whether it is cleaning trash up in a park or recycling at your own home, you are promoting sustainability.  


Check out this hopeful video on the Future of Food.

The principle of ensuring that our actions today do not limit the range of economic, social and environmental options open to future generations.”(Elkington, 1999)

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