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Cultivating Bernalillo County “Grow the Growers” Farm Training & Business Acceleration Program Update

grow the growers bernco logoLisa Powell
Resource Specialist, Bernalillo County

Eight full and part-time farm interns/trainees have been hard at work since March. We are nearing the end of our pilot year and looking forward to year two. Grow the Growers is a comprehensive, multi-year farm training and business acceleration program designed to attract new and emerging farmers into professional food production. Bernalillo County and its program partners are committed to strengthening the local food economy by nurturing the next generation of food entrepreneurs by providing the following support:

  • EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS
  • IN-FIELD AND ON-FARM INTERNSHIPS
  • PAID STIPENDS FOR FULL-TIME INTERNS
  • SMALL BUSINESS MENTORING
  • ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE LAND AND WATER

The Grow the Growers program is based at the historic Gutierrez-Hubbell House History and Cultural Center in Bernalillo County’s South Valley. In order to learn diverse farm production and business operation methods, Grow the Growers interns also work with partner farms to enhance their educational experiences.

Despite its rich agrarian history, the South Valley is home to many families in need of better access to locally-grown, healthy food. Grow the Growers interns grow food that is distributed to 350 local families through La Cosecha CSA, a community supported agriculture initiative of the Agri-Cultura Network. Sixty-five percent of families receiving weekly food shares do so at subsidized rates. Proceeds are returned to the Grow the Growers program to support future cohorts of the farm training and business acceleration program.

  • BECOME AN INTERN & GROW YOUR POTENTIAL
  • VOLUNTEER & SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY
  • PRESERVE LAND & WATER
  • GROW FRESH FOOD FOR LOCAL FAMILIES

For more information, e-mail or call Lisa Powell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 505.314.0399.

View this and other stories in the September 2017 issue of Local Food Connections.

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