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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 – Berkeley, CA
Food First (Institute for Food and Development Policy – Oakland, CA
Red Willow Farmers Market
Farm & Market Manager
Taos Pueblo Day School – Taos, NM
Courtship Song by Robert Mirabal
Flute Song by Robert Mirabal
The Dance by Robert Mirabal w/rare tribal Mob
Ee-you-oo by Robert Mirabal
Articles, Blogs, Films, Reports, Other
Grassroots International – Funding Global Movement for Social Change
“Food for Thought and Action: A Food Sovereignty Curriculum”
Heritage Radio Network
Internet-based radio station about food featuring leading farmers, food mavericks, filmmakers, artists and tastemakers.
Indigenous Permaculture Program
A fiscal-sponsorship project of ‘The Ecology Center’ to gain food security and access to healthy and nutritious foods for local communities
“Native Recipe for Health” by Gabriel Thompson
Yes! Magazine (September 13, 2009)
The Tohono O’odham Nation tackles diabetes with a return to desert foods.
Yes Magazine Food Issue (February 13, 2009)
Theme Guide: Food for Everyone