Completed Project Report


Completing the Circle: Northern New Mexico´s Community Food System

  • Award Amount: $25,000
  • Regional Center: Western Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2006 Competitive Grant Program
  • Project Director: Terrie Bad Hand
  • Email: tcedc@tcedc.org
  • Organization: Taos County Economic Development Corporation

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Project Overview

TCEDC has been serving Northern New Mexico for nineteen years by developing and assembling the components of a community food system. This project added the essential livestock sector and assisted in meeting the demand for locally-raised meat. The introduction of the Mobile Livestock Slaughter Unit (MLSU) provided a significant tool for ranchers and was the foundation on which TCEDC’s Livestock Sector Opportunities curriculum was built. The MLSU is a commercial slaughter truck that allows for on-site butchering at ranches across the region. Formalized business training, workshops, and one-on-one assistance were used to educate local ranchers about livestock production and the MLSU as a value-added option. Over 30 workshops were targeted to over 1400 primarily Hispanic, Native American, women and limited resource ranchers in Taos and Rio Arriba counties. Over 100 ranchers achieved measurable results from these activities, including increased incomes and the development of formalized plans for livestock businesses.

Number of Participants: 100

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