Students Erecting a Hoop House

The Bueno Para Todos Cooperative (BPT), a project of the El Valle Women’s Collaborative (EVWC), has been busy. The extended sunny days provided extra work days over the fall. Students from the United World College stayed in the valley for one week for a Southwest Studies Program created by the members of BPT and the EVWC. The program taught students from eight different countries about water rights, global and local food justice issues and environmental education through farming. Students assisted the BTP cooperative members in erecting a 30ft x 96ft hoop house and prepared the grounds for farming in the spring time.

Another group, Agua es Vida, a project of Querencia Institute, also joined in on the fun and learning for a work day. The day was filled with laughter and a lot of hard work. Students taking part in the project were so inspired by the work of the cooperative they advocated to create a monthly class for participating in projects hosted by the EVWC. Starting in February, students will participate in projects to promote health equity and food justice for credit with the EVWC. EVWC and BPT are continuing to raise money to complete the hoop house. Contributions can be made through their GoFundMe fundraiser.

El Valle Women’s Collaborative is fiscally sponsored by NMCF. To learn how your organization or project can be fiscally sponsored, please contact Linda Milbourn at