Completed Project Report


Navajo Farm to School Project

  • Award Amount: $26,794
  • Regional Center: Western Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2014 Education Projects
  • Project Director: Michael Patrick
  • Email: jmpat@nmsu.edu
  • Organization: New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service

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Project Overview

While not completely successful, for reasons beyond the project participants control, the Navajo Farm to School Project has positioned 15 Navajo producers of traditional crops- corn, squash, melons, and selected vegetables - greens and tomatoes to sell their food items not only to schools but other institutional buyers (senior centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and detention centers) as well as local grocery stores, casinos, and farmers’ markets patrons.

Major challenges the project participants faced included: (1) school personnel not fully conversant with the legal requirements for purchasing food from local producers, (2) difficulties in getting a DUNS number for the project producers because they lived on the reservation and did not have a physical mailing address, and (3) the project producers' loss of their crops due to contamination of their irrigation water by an EPA toxic waste spill into the San Juan river.
 

Number of Participants: 15

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