Between 80 percent and 90 percent of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed in the Albuquerque metroplex are raised outside of New Mexico.
Consumer demand for locally grown food is increasing. Besides private citizens, government and private institutions – such as public schools, county senior meals programs, county detention centers and hospitals – desire to use fresh fruits and vegetables grown in New Mexico in their meal preparation.
To help address the need for locally grown food, Cultivating Bernalillo County, an agricultural initiative of the county government, is calling on New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service in Bernalillo County to help train future farmers through its Grow the Growers program.
Grow the Growers is a farm training, business incubator program where participants will be supported through classroom education, in-field mentoring, intensive internships, business incubation and entrepreneurial nurturing.