Food and Seed Traditions in Nambe, NM- Photo taken by Quita Ortiz
Acequias continue to be the lifeblood of our communities, providing nourishment through locally grown food, economic livelihood and aquifer recharge. This year we witnessed the declaration that"Water is Life" in the national coverage of Standing Rock, affirming that we are not alone in our dedication to protect land-based ways of life and the sacred elements which support us.
Leadership development, training, and technical assistance to 846 acequia elected officials and members in 37 meetings and workshops, including our statewide conference for commissioners and mayordomos. We provided nearly 500 technical assistance services.
An additional $3 million Federal dollars have been allocated to acequia infrastructure projects through our successful partnership with NM Association of Conservation Districts, NRCS and ISC, via the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
Youth and family engagement in intergenerational food projects with 263 activities in 6 communities, with 12 schools and 14 partners through our Sembrando Semillas program.
As acequias confront the challenges of an uncertain climate, commodification of water, and other pressures, we also see the resurgence of local agriculture and the need for healthy local produce for our communities. NMAA needs your support to meet these challenges and secure a healthy future for the next generation of acequieros.