First Nations organization helps fund New Mexico Native food groups

The press in New Mexico reports that two local groups have been awarded about $60,000 to support American Indian agriculture projects and boost local business entrepreneurship.  First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colo., made the grants to Cochiti Youth Experience on the Cochiti Pueblo, and to Hasbidito in Cuba, N.M.

Cochiti Youth Experience is working "to create a localized food system by supporting existing farmers, instructing Cochiti youth on traditional farming techniques, and recreating the tradition of farming to strengthen the Cochiti community,” First Nations said.
Hasbidito was awarded $27,200 “to increase Navajo-controlled food production infrastructure in three chapters on the eastern edge of the Navajo Nation – Counselor, Ojo Encino and Torreon,” added the group.
The grants, totaling $300,000, are among 10 First Nations made to Native ag-related groups around the country.
Its program, the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI), is designed to develop or expand food systems in Native areas and address food security, family economic security, health and nutrition, “along with promoting American Indian business entrepreneurship.”

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