La Mujer Obrera Community Farm
La Mujer Obrera is an organization that works to promote the economic and human rights of women living in the Borderland region of the El Paso-Juarez metropolitan area. As part of our commitment to economic development and community empowerment, La Mujer Obrera has launched a community farm in the Chamizal Barrio of South El Paso. The community farm will serve as a launching pad for a more formalized food justice effort. The land will contribute to a nutrition program rooted in the practices of Mesoamerican Cultures, an educational demonstration farm and will support an Agro-Ecology training program.
We envision our farm as an educational hub for the community. It will be used to showcase appropriate growing practices in a high-desert climate, traditional foods of the region and will also be used as a center for educational opportunities (workshops, seminars and programming for local youth). We hope to use the land as a base for re-connecting our community members with traditional Mesoamerican foods and holistic agricultural practices. Surplus foods will also be shared with community members.
The Farm will also focus on training residents in sustainable agriculture. Our region has one of the highest rates of poverty in the United States and we believe that training in sustainable agriculture can provide dignified work and long-term livelihoods in our community. Our farm will also work to develop women as leaders in the movement to build sustainable food systems in the Southwest.
Finally, the farm will focus on producing traditional foods that will be utilized in our Mesoamerican Nutrition Education Program. We place a strong emphasis on growing heritage crops and medicinal herbs that have been traditionally grown by the people of this region for centuries. In this manner, we can reconnect Nutrition Program participants to the traditional diet of our region.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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