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New Mexico

Spanish, Native, and Anglo Lessons in Food Security

 


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Visitors to Northern New Mexico will immerse in 1,000 years of resilency through a tri-cultural lens while enjoying the extraordinary beauty of the southwest landscape. Stepping back in time, northern New Mexico offers a valuable sense of place and relation thanks to the deep traditions and cultures of the region. 

Northern New Mexico is one of the most unique and culturally distinct areas of the United States. 
It is the home of multiple cultures that live close to the land with overlapping stories and history. This rich backdrop of multi-culture forms dynamic communities facing unique challenges specific to their own identity.  How can we as human beings live sustainable lives in harmony, balance, well-being, and beauty?

Native Americans inhabited the region and founded pueblo villages in the area that is now Northern New Mexico long before the inception of the United States. When Spanish colonists and immigrants from Mexico migrated into the region, a strong cultural influence and presence evolved that has colored the history and flavor of life in the area, as well. When New Mexico joined the Union in 1912, a new influx of Anglos, drawn by cultural uniqueness and stunning beauty added to the cultural mix. 

Volunteers will participate in community projects located in and around the 400-year-old city of Santa Fe. Surrounded by majestic mountains at more than 7,000 feet above sea level, Santa Fe is the highest and oldest capital city in the U.S., with small meandering streets that wind through historic neighborhoods of old desert-colored adobe homes made of earth, clay,and straw. Early Native American inhabitants called it the Dancing Ground of the Sun, and today it is known as The City Different. Visitors will work on organic farms, visit Spanish and indigenous communities and community members, learn about the ancient acequia irrigation and water democracy, tour historic adobe churches, and assist with local food security initiatives.