Created in 2018, the Permaculture Fund was established to support innovative ecological, community building, and sustainable living projects that strengthen cultural connections to the land and nature for people of all ethnicities, ages, and walks of life. New Mexico Community Foundation is pleased to offer this grant opportunity focused on supporting permaculture-based environmental work throughout the state.
The 2019 grant cycle is closed. Please refer to our website in Spring 2020 for the new grant cycle. In 2019, NMCF granted $108,026 in funds to the following six organizations’ projects.
La Cosecha Community Supported Agriculture, Bernalillo County – $20,000
To develop education and engagement activities around permaculture, including workshops that demonstrate and implement permaculture practices with 870 community members, farmers, and area students on the First Choice farm site. These workshops will coincide with visits to La Cosecha’s 42 partner farms.
Anthony Youth Farm, Doña Ana County – $20,000
To support a fully-paid apprenticeship where farm interns work with a team and volunteers on a three-acre demonstration farm to help it reach production goals. Participants gain knowledge in crop selection, succession planting, seedling propagation, and other permaculture & agro-ecological design.
Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District, Valencia County – $18,059
To aid a Youth Farming Internship, two community teaching gardens, kids’ educational programs, free gardening classes and workshops, and a cost-share program to start a garden at home. The project aims to connect community members without land or resources to those with available land and resources and increase more venues to sell produce locally.
Tewa Women United, Rio Arriba County – $20,000
To demonstrate, through the Española Healing Foods Oasis, community empowerment and grassroots support for environmental cleanup and sustainable agricultural practices with improved water use efficiency. The goal is to complete the initial plan for construction of a public space to demonstrate environmental education, cultural preservation, and indigenous sustainable design.
The National Center for Frontier Communities, Grant County – $19,967
To build upon and enhance several permaculture projects in the region including providing capital funds to several low-income Grant County micro-farmers, revitalizing the Grant County Seed Library, planting 14 existing water basins around Silver City with native edibles and pollinator plants, and performing educational visits to permaculture micro-farm sites.
Work in Beauty, McKinley County – $10,000
To teach how to live sustainably on the land through regenerative agriculture with the use of compost from the Johnson-Su Bioreactor Compost Project and through workshops that will provide instruction on gardening in our climate, rainwater harvesting, erosion control, food-related health issues.