New Mexico

Our Changing Planet: Sustainable Farming & Cuisine in Santa Fe

Learn from local Pueblo members, farmers, historians and chefs about the effects of climate change on New Mexico’s indigenous communities and how you can help protect their landscapes.
Program No. 23838RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

With 23 Native American tribes making up roughly 10% of New Mexico’s population, the indigenous communities’ response to global climate change has been integral for protecting the state’s landscapes and culture. As you are welcomed into pueblos and onto local farms, learn how their sustainable agriculture practices reduce their environmental impact. Alongside world-renowned chefs, farmers and local Native Americans, study the importance of supporting farmers of color and independent indigenous ranches, as you become a part of the movement in sustainable farming and cooking that’ll have a lasting, global impact.
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Keep the Pace
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Volunteer in the gardens at the Healing Foods Oasis, after studying how important pre-contact crops are to indigenous communities.
  • Learn from Native American chefs, permaculture experts and organic farmers about seed sovereignty and sustainable agriculture in the face of climate change.
  • Implement what you’ve learned about sustainable farming in two hands-on cooking classes, making traditional dishes with Pueblo members.

General Notes

This program is part of “Our Changing Planet” series, exploring the solutions to the challenges of global climate change in communities around the United States. Learn more at www.roadscholar.org/planet.
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Louie Hena
Louie Hena has been an activist in the field of revitalizing traditional Pueblo agriculture and protecting indigenous food and seed sovereignty. A member of the Tesuque and Zuni Pueblos in New Mexico, he is a renowned permaculture design consultant, Rio Grande and Rio Chama river guide, and an educator on traditional land management systems. He helped organize the Traditional Native American Farmer Association, the New Mexico Acequia Association and the Indigenous Food and Seed Sovereignty Alliance.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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