Organic, Local, and Made with Love. Real Kids - Real Food, Real Change

Organic, Local, and Made with Love. Real Kids - Real Food, Real Change

If given the opportunity, kids understand they can make a difference and that is a powerful seed to plant for their future!


If given the opportunity, kids understand they can make a difference and that is a powerful seed to plant for their future!

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Working Towards a Healthy Future

School Gardens

  • Gardening Classes at Local Elementary Schools

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Farmhouse Tasting Events

  • Featuring Local Produce & Healthy Recipes

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Youth Farming Initiative

  • Mentoring Youth in Sustainable Farming Practices

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Taos County Farm to School Collaborative News

Farmhouse Cooking Classes

  • Nutritional Education
  • Farm to Table Cooking Techniques 

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School Harvest Festivals

  • La Cosecha

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Garden & Farm Trips

  • Creating Farm to School Connections

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Farm to School Programming In Action

Growing Community Now grew out of the Farmhouse School Lunch Program as an Opportunity to connect students to where and how their food is grown and why it matters. NOw We are helping to Make Taos a Farm to School District through our Gardening and Nutritional Education Work at Enos Garcia Elementary. We are on our way to making the most Important impact we can have on our community - Ensuring that all children have access to local, healthy Fresh Food


The Farmhouse School Lunch Program serves 700 local, organic USDA meals daily to local youth. 

 Farmhouse serves:

By eating local, not only are kids learning to make healthy choices but they are building the local farming network, supporting the local economy, reducing their carbon footprint, and saving the bees and butterflies!

Our mission:  

To re-establish the "food basket" of Taos by helping local farmers secure contracts through the local schools and restaurants while at the same time providing fresh and nutritious food for our students.  We are helping to ensure the future of sustainable food in Taos Valley by working in local schools to teach students how to grow, harvest and prepare foods; knowing that once they get a taste of fresh, healthy food that they will make healthy food choices now and in the future. 

 How We Do It: 

  •  We teach Kindergarten - 8th grade Farmhouse Gardening and Cooking Classes to students in Taos, N.M. 
  •  We host educational lunch time Local Farmhouse Tasting Events
  •  We host School Gardens that give students the chance to plant and harvest their own vegetables. 
  •  We host School Harvest Celebrations.
  •  We teach and inspire Youth Farmers
  •  After School Gardening and Cooking Classes
  • Youth Summer Gardening Camps

The kids are loving the kale, cabbage, and spinach not to mention the corn, carrots, and beans! They love to hand water the plants and even pulling the weeds!  Connecting with the water and land establishes a lifelong ethic of stewardship.  The response from students and staff at the schools we work in is a loud and resounding call for "More! - More garden time, cooking classes, and tasting events". Their enthusiasm is so great that we will definitely keep the kale  and carrots coming!


"Rooted in LOVE", a short documentary about our program by award winning film maker Jody McNicholas. Learn more about the film at

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PO Box 3137, Taos, NM 87571, us

(575) 770-6382

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Growing Community Now is a project of A.I.R.E., a non-profit tax exempt 501c3 organization.  Checks or money orders can be made out to A.I.R.E. 

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