Community Fresh Food Pick-Ups
Fruit and vegetables grown this summer will be given to VGHS families for free. If you are interested in picking up weekly boxes of fresh vegetables beginning mid-summer, SIGN UP HERE. Student Paid InternshipsThis spring and summer a team of VGHS students will be offered paid internships to work on the farm for 15 hours each week at a pay rate of $12/hr. Positions are available beginning May 1st. Students can expect to: use a combination of hand tools and machines to make and maintain new beds, weed and harvest; participate in weekly market sales; participate in weekly harvest including washing, packaging and distribution, and more! There will be opportunities for students to make up biology and chemistry science credit as they learn about microbiology, plant science, soil chemistry and decomposition. (Note - we will continue to practice social distancing and take safety and health precautions while working on the farm).Click HERE if you are interested in the internship. Logo CompetitionArtists and graphic designers of Vista Grande, we're calling on you to put your skills to the test to design a logo for our new farm! This competition is open to all VGHS community members. If your submission wins, your logo and name will be displayed publicly, year-round on a sign at Fred Baca Park and on our Farmer's Market farm banner! You can enter a drawing, painting, computer design, or sketch. Submissions are due to Corbett Wicks (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 15th for consideration.
A new program is trying to help feed New Mexico kids while schools are closed.
The state was awarded federal coronavirus relief funds to cover the cost of breakfast and lunch for students while school is out. Around 71% of New Mexico students are now eligible to receive benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) submitted by New Mexico to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The program provides qualifying families with an EBT card that has the value of free school breakfasts and lunches during the school closure. The value of the benefits is based on federal reimbursement rates and could provide up to $114 per student each month which is 20 days of meals.
The state says that funds can be loaded onto SNAP participants’ existing benefit cards. If a family isn’t currently eligible for SNAP but has children who are eligible for P-EBT benefits, the state will provide a process for distributing a benefit card.
Additional information on the P-EBT can be found on the USDA website.