Cultural Diversity

Food Security Begins with a Mindset

Few of us stop to think about food security (access to enough safe, nutritious food to live a healthy life) as the driving force behind a thriving economy.  Yet leaders throughout history have recognized that food shortages spell disaster for any nation.  In today’s rapidly expanding global population, food security is key to prosperity.  This is why nations invest in ...

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Ygy Extension Team Supports Regenerative Aggies

The Regenerative Aggie Scholarship Fundraiser helps students committed to regenerative agriculture. Donate at http://giving.nmsu.edu/RegenerativeAggies.html

     A big step towards our  vision of building sustainable farm networks was made possible in November with help from participating Youngevity Members and NMSU community donors.  On November 26, 2018 we held our first annual Regenerative Aggie Scholarship Fundraiser.  The date was strategically planned to take advantage of Cyber Monday online shopping, and Giving Tuesday community donors.   Outcome ...

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Food Security in the Classroom

Food Insecurity is a Barrier to Education Food insecurity is a growing problem in public schools, including college campuses.   In a nation that was once considered the bread basket of the world, even prominent media like the Washington Post are making note of growing food insecurity on campus.  Authors of a recent study out of West Virginia University (Reported in Nutrients. 2018 ...

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Opportunities for Extension in the Private Sector

Are You Aspiring Towards A Career in Extension? If your heart is set on working in the public sector, this article is not for you.  Please move on.  However, if you are finding public options too limited, you may want to explore opportunities that allow more time for your family, provide a more flexible work schedule, or allow you more ...

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Once an Ag Teacher, Always and Ag Teacher

Libby Hamilton recently shared her passion for teaching agriculture at Gadsden High School, in Southern New Mexico. After retirement, she continues to volunteer by mentoring new teachers, writing grants, and planning a farmer’s market.  Gadsden High School is in a low income community, where many families have only minimal access to fresh produce.   A farmer’s market would provide a community ...

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Six Traits Keep Angels Standing Tall In New Mexico’s Economic Whirlwinds

  Changing Times are Troubling We often hear about challenges we are facing in modern times.  Real and/or perceived effects of climate change, globalization, big data, and the largest human population ever are undoubtedly stressing contemporary society.  Some of these have been put into perspective with the popular YouTube Video, Did You Know.  I’ve inserted it below for your convenience. ...

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Education for Sustainable Living

What is Sustainable Living? Sustainable living refers to the adoption of lifestyles or cultures that support healthy and prosperous communities and healthy ecosystems for present and future generations.  Lifestyles are shaped through education.  Education that allows students to interact with their environment and experience healthy, prosperous living is more likely to produce sustainable cultures.  This essay compares educational trends observed in the 1980’s and today, highlighting ...

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Five Ways Teachers Can Recharge Their Batteries This Summer

Public School Teaching is Stressful. There has always been a special place in my heart for teachers. My parents both taught in public schools, and my first career was in education. Those teachers who influenced my own life held a love for their subject matter and carried the best interests of their students close to heart. However, I sensed early ...

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Remembering the Past With Yerba de Alonso Garcia

 Did Native Americans Name Good Plants after Good People? My friend Andrea once told me that early Americans, like the Navajo and the Apache, named plants with beneficial properties after people they liked. It was sort of a way to compliment the good people in their lives.  She added that snakes, flies, and mosquitoes might be named after people they disliked. ...

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Resurrecting the Corn Mothers to Make Food Systems Sustainable

Sustainable Food Systems Drive Sustainable Economies In the industrialized world, corporate owned food systems have created low priced, readily available, empty calories with long shelf lives.  This biologically inactive foodstuff (emphasis on stuff) has come at the expense of family farms, rural communities, environmental health, basic human nutrition, and civil liberties.  As a result, the cost of health care associated with chronic ...

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