PERMACULTURE FUND

The 2021 application is now closed.

Created in 2018, the Permaculture Fund was established to support innovative ecological, community building, and sustainable living projects that strengthen cultural connections to the land and nature for people of all ethnicities, ages, and walks of life. New Mexico Foundation is pleased to offer this grant opportunity focused on supporting permaculture-based environmental work throughout the state.

In 2021, NMF granted $56,944 in funds to the following six organizations for their projects.

Alianza Agri-Cultura de Taos (Taos County) – $10,000
Los Vecinos Producers Program will provide comprehensive, on-the-ground support for beginning, small, and underserved farmers in Taos County as well as educational opportunities for the larger agricultural community.  Los Vecinos develops one-to-one relationships with farmers to identify their farming goals and develop strategies for meeting those goals. The grant also to provide education and technical assistance to the broader community interested in food production, encouraging and supporting aspiring producers and home growers to get started. 

Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance (Bernalillo and Valencia Counties) – $6,944

Permaculture Water Management to Regenerate Rangeland project will support permaculture techniques to regenerate a livestock pasture at the Quay Ranch in Tucumcari, NM and teach local interested land stewards about permaculture practices to build soil and better manage water in arid rangeland. Grant will support workshops to teach interested community members about leading causes of pasture degradation, the principles of regenerative grazing, and permaculture structures that will slow, sink, and spread water across the treatment area.

The National Center for Frontier Communities (Grant, Catron, Hidalgo, and Luna Counties) – $10,000
The SWNM Seed Library: Stewarding Seeds and Community in Southwest New Mexico project will nurture a community of gardeners, farmers and seed stewards to harvest and exchange seeds; protect the sovereignty and diversity of our local food system by holding community education events; develop a curriculum to create more seed ambassadors and increase seed stewarding capacity;  receive and foster more local and native seed varieties; conduct a community assessment to help determine areas of need; and provide operating support for existing seed library locations and start-up support for new locations.  

Not Forgotten Outreach (Taos County) – $10,000

Sustainable agriculture and Land Restoration Training via the VetCorps project will support 8-10 workshops for VetCorps beginner farmers and ranchers and will be hosted by a local farmer.  The workshops will focus on age-old agriculture traditions including soil health, composting, land restorations, acequia management, and gardening skills. The workshops provide diversified and regenerative agriculture practices that can be applied to participants’ personal farm operations. VetCorps will perform land restoration both on Not Forgotten Outreach’s farm and at other farm sites in Taos county through a partnership with Alianza Agri-Cultura with the goal of maintaining generational ties to agricultural lands, to provide access to farmable land, and education to aspiring farmers.

Yakanal (Cibola County)– $10,000

To support Lifelong Learning with Our Native Seeds, Medicinal Plants, and Pollinators Program, which strengthens and expands agriculture and beekeeping pilot projects using an integrated approach.  The program will perform organic farming and stewarding of native and heirloom seeds; implement soil restoration through composting and irrigation; tend native flora, medicinal plants, and pollinators; and build community capacity through education and mentoring of future generations of farmers and caretakers. 

Alas De Agua Art Collective (Santa Fe County) – $10,000

To support Full Circle Farm Outdoor Learning Center, an urban farm in Santa Fe that was created in summer 2020 by a group of BIPOC organizations with the goal of reconnecting to land and space to foster healing, learning, and community well-being. The grant will support space and provide education around permaculture, seed banking, farming, soil health, food sovereignty, and ancestral and cultural land practices.