Sunday, October 17, 2021

World Food Day Stories from New Mexico (2021)

Thank you for joining with us in New Mexico to observe World Food Day 2021. This year's theme is "Our Actions are our Future." Please refer to the guide below the video before, after and as you view the compilation of stories and prayers we offer to you this day. The stories promote two topics: challenges and sustainable solutions for indigenous communities in New Mexico and the work of organizations that help immigrants and refugees. In between these stories, we have powerful prayers, reflections and blessings from the Jewish, Diné, Baha'i, Christian, Muslim and Sufi traditions.  


 Greeting and Introduction
Kara Bobroff
founding principal
Native American Community Academy

Prayer: Rabbi Min Kantrowitz, Congregation Nahalat Shalom

Indigenous Farm Hub   Corrales, N.M.
Alan Brauer, Tirzah Toya-Waconda

The Indigenous Farm Hub engages Indigenous communities in creating a network of farmers and families that will strengthen local and sustainable food systems by providing access to healthy foods, build prosperity for farmers and local communities through land reclamation, and reconnect the bond between language and culture to Indigenous practices of agriculture.

Donate Online.  Or send donations to Native American Community Academy 1000 Indian School Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 (In both cases, be sure to designate the donation for Indigenous Farm Hub)

Prayer: Kyle Jim, Diné Introspective

Diné Introspective  Shiprock, N.M.
Kyle Jim, Breanna Lameman
A non-profit 501(c)3 community based organization in Shiprock that has been in practice since 2017 and officially established in 2018. Services include social justice, environmental justice, digital justice, and food sovereignty. We are a Native-led and Native operated organization. We are composed of young Natives, farmers, scholars, educators, and community organizers in the Navajo Nation.

Tres Hermanas Farm  Albuquerque, N.M.
Wangu Niyonkuru, Peter Nardini, Octavio Ayala

Tres Hermanas works with the Albuquerque community of refugee farmers to ease integration and increase self-sufficiency by growing produce, accessing farmers markets, and improving English skills. "We are passionate about connecting people to place through the act of growing roots and producing food." Tres Hermanas is part of the Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains Refugee and Asylee program in Albuquerque.
Donate (via Lutheran Family Services) 

Prayer: Rev. Guillermo Yela, Iglesia Camino de Vida

El Calvario United Methodist Church/Resiliency Program 
Las Cruces, N.M.

Lupe Ortiz, Clair Campos & Leslie Kryder, Kyle Locke

The program addresses longer term, systemic issues in the community and toward more inclusive sustainable development solutions throughits Immigrant Advocacy Center based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The program offers a commercial kitchen incubator, a community garden, legal assistance and basic “emergency” services ( food, clothing, shelter, transportation, financial assistance, social and medical support). 

Prayer: Gabriela Marques, Albuquerque Baha'i Community

Prayer: Dr. Mahmoud Eldenawi, Islamic Center of New Mexico

Sisters' Food Project (Islamic Center of New Mexico)  Albuquerque, N.M.
Dr. Mahmoud Eldenawi, Maryam Chudnoff, Aamna Nayyar, Yolanda Manzua (Albuquerque, N.M.)
The sisters have established a food and hygiene product distribution program, not only for the Muslim community, but for the Albuquerque community at large. Since April 2020, distribution has been Biweekly, and serves an average of 70-100 families. many of whom are immigrants, refugees and asylees., This program is completely supported by Volunteers, sponsors and community members.
(via the ICNM)

Prayer: Maziar Saleh Ziabar, M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® School of Islamic Sufism®

Prayer: Rev. Lynne Hinton, New Mexico Conference of Churches

World Food Day Song: Keri Sutter & David Poole
Producer: Carlos Navarro
Production Support: Leslie Kryder

Previously Published Videos: El Calvario United Methodist Church and ICNM Sisters Food Project
Music and Liturgical Dance: David Poole, Keri Sutter (Surgite :A Sacred Dance Company)

Introduction Kara Bobroff
Production Consultants: Ellen Buelow, Judy Messal

Special Thank Yous: Catalina Block, Rabbi Debra Brin, Pam Brown, Tarrie Burnett, Athena Cholas, New Mexico Interfaith Power & Light, Cynthia Renteria, Farid Sharifi, Nkazi Sinandele

Music Credits

Opening Sequence (and Closing)
World Food Day Song-New Mexico
composed by David Poole
performed by David Poole & Keri Sutter

This song downloaded via digccmixter
Background for Tres Hermanas segment
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These songs downloaded via Wikimedia Commons
Background for Indigenous Farm Hub
Concerto for Recorder
Antonio Vivaldi

Background for El Calvario segment
La Morena Son Jarocho
composed by–v Koffermejia

Background for Credits

composed by Robert Ravera D`Ange

Other Donation Opportunities: Surgite: A Sacred Dance Company, Roadrunner Food Bank  (Central & Southern New Mexico), The Food Depot (Santa Fe & Northern New Mexico),  ECHO Food Bank (Farmington/Four Corners), The Community Pantry (Gallup), Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico (Clovis)

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