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June 14, 2013 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with La Semilla Food Center Food Planning & Policy Coordinator, Krysten Aguilar, and with New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition (ICAN) Special Projects Coordinator, Kari Bachman, to talk about local foods and nutrition education.

Local food campaigns are not all that new. Forty years ago it was mostly hippies and environmentalists who promoted local foods. A United States Department of Agriculture publication describes local food as “related to the distance between food producers and consumers.” Aguilar says it is important to point out the definition of “local.” She says when we talk about local that can be anywhere in New Mexico or down into West Texas, even Southern Arizona.

For information about “La Semilla Food Center” call 575-201-4981 or visit their website at www.lasemillafoodcenter.org. And for information about the ICAN nutrition program, visit www.efcs.nmsu.edu/ican.html or www.donaanaextension.nmsu.edu/what-is-ican.html

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