Food Summit set for Sept. 30-Oct. 1

La Semilla Food Center

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La Semilla Food Center will present La Semilla Food Summit, a family-oriented sustainable food conference, at the Court Youth Center in Las Cruces on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

The event will highlight Paso del Norte regional food system planning efforts, emphasizing our Chihuahuan Desert heritage, and including hands-on gardening and cooking workshops to help foster a local food movement.

On Saturday morning, the food summit will feature keynote addresses from Las Cruces City Councilor Olga Pedroza and W.K. Kellogg Foundation Program Officer Ricardo Salvador.

Pedroza and Salvador will discuss labor, food access and racial equity in our food system.

Friday sessions will focus on regional food system planning efforts, policy challenges and current community projects helping to build a local food system.

Saturday will be a day full of hands-on workshops to educate people about and celebrate food and agriculture.

Workshops will include fall planting, composting, art, cooking, edible desert foods, school gardens and farmer and food purchaser networking with lunch provided by Alma d’Arte Charter High School culinary program students.

Each day will end with live music and food tastings.

Tickets to the Food Summit are $15 for both days and $10 for one day only. Youth 18 years and under will be admitted free. Organizations and other entities are invited to sponsor tables at the event.

For more information about registration, sponsorship, or tabling please visit or email Rachel Morningstar at

La Semilla Food Center is a non-profit organization working in the Paso del Norte region of southern New Mexico and El Paso to build a vibrant local food system, improve access to healthy foods, and address increased rates of diabetes and obesity by teaching youth and their families how to grow and prepare healthy foods.

Funding for the La Semilla Food Summit is generously provided by the New Mexico Community Foundation, Paso del Norte Health Foundation, McCune Charitable Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.



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