Founded eight years ago, La Semilla has been helping the communities of Southern New Mexico and El Paso become healthier and more politically vocal through programs such as Edible Education, Community Farm, Farm Fresh Mobile Markets, and Food Planning and Policy.
Schools in the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico faced significant healthy eating challenges due to their location, the lack of quality refrigeration systems, and a generational shift in the types of food Native American youth consume. However, by advocating for healthy eating and the use of culturally relevant grains, students and parents found a mutual place to reconnect over the stove.
New Mexico adopted new state regulations ensuring only foods and beverages that meet the federal nutrition guidelines are sold in schools during the day. These guidelines give students access to snacks that primarily consist of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy or protein. These standards also place strict requirements on fundraising with food.