"Revitalizing traditional agriculture for spiritual and human need"
Based in the indigenous communities in New Mexico, but with projects as far as Belize, the Traditional Native American Farming Association is a leading voice for food sovereignty, with many successes getting farmers back on the land, farming organically and with traditional methods.
Brascoupé and other TNAFA members believe that family oriented farming is the best approach in developing a sound future in agriculture, which has always been at the heart of the community's economy. A fine show indeed.
To revise the decline in traditional, family-scale farming among the
community by developing educational programs that demonstrate
- To demonstrate and
train communities and youth in a holistic approach to sustainable
agriculture based upon community ethics and traditions.
- To help the community access heirloom/ traditional seeds
- To educate the community on traditional seed saving and the GE,GMO threat to our traditional seed heritage.
Identify local resources for agriculture, compost materials, local
plants, local herbs, water supplies, local farmers, local markets, etc.
- Revive and restore a sustainable economic base through organic agriculture for our youth
The lessons learned through traditional/organic agriculture are used
throughout the organizations' management. Not one element is more
important then the others, to the success of the garden. All elements
are of equal importance to the success, all working together for the
betterment of all. All TNAFA programs are co-sponsored within our
community organizations. Communities that have invited us to assist
with the development of agricultural projects are also required to
“invest” time and other resources to the program.
TNAFA members, who include youth, elders, male and female, feel that a sound agriculture base is needed to
build healthy communities, including both the physical and spiritual
health of their people. TNAFA addresses social, economic and health
problems in its members’ communities.
- Corn processing for home use (traditional foods/nutrition)
- Community seed “library” workshops (methods of storing and growing for seed)
- Seed distribution (free seed and information about seed)
- Home gardening workshops (garden design, composting, organic methods, irrigation, drip irrigation, etc.)
- Traditional Agricultural/Permaculture Design Course (12 day course on sustainable community design)
- Youth in agriculture (developing youth garden projects)
- Other workshops (marketing traditional crops, packaging, value added crops, growing herbs,)
Learn more at http://www.7genfund.org/aff-tra-nat-ame.html
Contact at :
Traditional Native American Farmers Association
PO Box 31267
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87594
E-mail cbrascoupe [at] yahoo.com