The New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council, Farm to Table and partners hosted a "New Mexico Grown Fresh Fruit and Vegetables for School Meals" Strategic Planning day to determine the potential of the program and commitments by partners to further develop the program over the next three years and beyond.
Close to 50 stakeholders from across the state reaffirmed their commitments and brought new ideas and energy to the program now being called "New Mexico Grown". The group created a NM Grown Three Year Vision and action plan with four priority areas:
- values-driven public policy;
- integrated community wellness;
- asset based economic development; and
- coordinated infrastructure.
Many thanks to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and USDA Farm to School Program for their support of the "New Mexico Grown" program!
(Pam Roy is executive director and co-founder of Farm to Table and convener of the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council)