Food & Farms Day Awards

 The awards celebrate exceptional programs and partners in New Mexico who actively foster innovative
and creative approaches to complex problems facing our local food economy. 

Good Food for New Mexico Award | Celebrating NM Farmers’ Markets – La Familia Growers Market

Sowing Change Award | for Organizations Engaged in Creating Sustainable Food Systems – Anthony Youth Farm

Heart of the Land Award | for Outstanding Leadership in Farming and/or Ranching – Acoma Number 8 Ranch and Tesuque Pueblo Farm

NEW! Growing the Future Award | for New or Young Farmers and Ranchers – Sublime Pastures

NEW! Living Land Award | for Outstanding Leadership in Land Stewardship – Molino de la Isla Organics


The NM Grown/Golden Chile Awards, recognized by the NM Grown Coalition

Seed Award – City of Las Vegas Senior Services – Wanda Salazar

Sprout Award – Deming Family Resource Center/Head Start

Blossom Awards – Albuquerque Public Schools – Sandra Kemp and Roswell Independent School
District – Kim Meeks

Golden Chile Award – Sandoval County Senior Services Program – Donald Ravizza and Janice

Golden Chile Award categories: Seed (program has potential), Sprout (program is growing strong), Blossom (program is reaching maturity) and Golden Chile (mature and fruitful program)


New Mexico Food & Farms Day celebrates the efforts of individuals, communities, organizations, and agencies that strive to create a thriving local food, farming and ranching economy, while at the same time emphasizing that everyone in the state should have access to fresh, healthy, nutritional food. 


This day provides an opportunity to highlight the intersection between health, sustainable food systems, and the economic wellbeing of our farms and ranches. It also speaks to the ways we are working together to increase affordable and healthy food access. It addresses the idea that thriving food systems encourage entrepreneurship and leadership, and reinforces the benefits of cooperation and coordination along with the intersection of informed policy making.

“Food & Farms Day is a chance to lift up these state and federal programs that increase access to affordable, healthy food grown in New Mexico and offer economic opportunities for local farmers and ranchers.” Pam Roy, Executive Director of Farm to Table and coordinator for the NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council.

New Mexico Food & Farms Day and Awards are produced by Farm to Table NM and the NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council. The Policy Council and statewide partners represent a diverse group of organizations and individuals who are invested in the future of agriculture in New Mexico and support the efforts of local farmers to reach local markets. An important focus of our effort is to advocate for policies which facilitate bringing more fresh fruits and vegetables into schools. See more.

Photo credit: Gabriella Marks