The Bueno Para Todos Agricultural Cooperative is a project of the El Valle Women’s Collaborative (a NMCF fiscal sponsorship) that creates rural economic development through sustainable agriculture. In 2016, the Cooperative completed the construction of the first hoop house to grow crops, only to have it destroyed five days later in a wind storm.
Seventy-five percent of the funds needed were provided by the USDA’s Equitable Relief Program. The project also has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise the remaining $5,000 to pay for replacement parts and a cement base structure to ensure stability and longevity.
The reconstruction of the hoop house is imperative to increasing the overall health and well-being in the Pecos River Valley. Cooperative member, Vincent C. Garcia, explains, “Grown food is more nutritious than food that is brought from distant places. It is really awesome to involve children in planting, working the field, harvesting, and processing, helping develop a child in a unique way and also increasing the chance that they will eat more fruits and vegetables. It also offers an individual the opportunity to eliminate the use of chemicals, such as fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, etc., and thus eat healthier, while saving money and increasing physical activity. Amazingly, farming develops and enhances community development. In this age of civil unrest and economic conditions that we are experiencing, we need to not only nurture our body, but also our mind and our spiritual well-being. Farming, harvesting, and eating the fruits of our labor satisfies any area of the three that might be lacking or missing.”