Students Step Up To Tackle Food Waste By Feeding The Soil

Students adding raw materials to the Johnson Su BioReactor

The progressive international nonprofit, Food Tank (founded by Danielle Nierenberg and Bernard Pollack), had its NYC summit yesterday and addressed one of the food industry's most urgent issues: waste. "40% of all food is wasted. If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses." — Roy Steiner, Rockefeller Foundation

Could An Ancient Strategy Improve Desert Soils? A New Mexico Study Confirms

Las Cruces Student Posing With Biochar Brick Pit

Chihuahuan Desert Charities is taking a new look at biochar, an ancient strategy for soil amendment providing for greener agriculture.  Biochar can improve the hydraulic and chemical properties, as well it can significantly improve sorghum growth and yield under sandy desert soils, at a lower cost.

From Classroom To Compost

Program Director Shahid Mustafa Teaching Las Cruces Students About Composting

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.

Nature Deficit Disorder

Las Cruces high school student participating in our DYGUP program at Legacy Farm

Are our children suffering from Nature Deficit Disorder?

Yes! Children are spending 40-65 hours a week using electronics and fewer than 1 in 5 children walk or ride a bike to school.  Childhood obesity has increased from 4% in 1960 to 20% today. Children have less time for unstructured, creative play in the outdoors than ever before in human history.

Growing a Sustainable City

Las Cruces high school student presenting his regenerative agriculture project at Legacy Farm

How are urban farms the answer to growing a sustainable city?  

Urban farms are providing solutions to a myriad of urban ills.  Such as blighted vacant lots, food insecurity, stormwater runoff, and declining neighborhoods.  Over 50% of the world's population live in cities. Our city dwellers are having increased difficulty accessing fresh healthy foods, bringing high rates of malnutrition and obesity.  With that comes increased health disparities. Including increased rates of diabetes, heart disease, and cancers.


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