USDA Summer Foodshed Field School

January 27, 2011

Program gives sustainable skills


Students have the opportunity to contribute to the growth of New Mexico’s local food system.

The Sustainability Studies Program at UNM will be offering an interdisciplinary summer field school the next two summers. USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program issued Sustainability Studies a $290,000 grant, which made the field school possible, said Bruce Milne, Sustainability Program director.

“Students will see … everything from small mom-and-pop operations to full-blown agriculture,” he said. “I really want the students to get the chance to see all of it, so basically they can decide for themselves what area they like.”

The field school will take students to four major agricultural state areas to see types and levels of New Mexico food production. The program will also orient students to Hispanic and Native American agricultural traditions. Read more...