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Sustainable agriculture was a way of life, but U.S. federal policies helped put an end to that.

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For centuries, the Taos Pueblo people in New Mexico lived entirely off their land. Sustainable agriculture was a way of life, but U.S. federal policies helped put an end to that. Food wasn’t grown at the pueblos; it was trucked in. Traditional farming gave way to government subsidies and obesity rates soared. But recently, a surprising agricultural renaissance has taken root across the pueblos. On this edition, Making Contact’s Rita Daniels takes us to the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico to share a story of rebirth and renewal.

This program was partially funded by the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, and the Seed Fund at the Rudolf Steiner Foundation.

Contributing Producer/Reporter: Rita Daniels


Leonard Archuleta, Taos Pueblo Farmer and Red Willow Co-operative Member; Shirley Trujillo, Red Willow Farmers Market Manager; Joel Glanzberg, Native American Permaculture Teacher; Deryl Lujan, Taos Pueblo Rancher; Shawn Duran, Red Willow Education Center Director; Ezra Bales, Pueblo Day School Wellness Coordinator; Hillary Duran, University of New Mexico at Taos Student and Red Willow Education Center Intern.

For More Information:

California Food and Justice Coalition
Food First (Institute for Food and Development Policy
Red Willow Education Center
Taos Pueblo Day School

Added Value & Herbal Solutions

Heritage Radio Network
Indigenous Permaculture Program
Native Recipe for Health
Yes Magazine Food Issue
Red Willow Farmers Market
Shirley Trujillo, Farm & Market Manager
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