Community-Based Education Projects

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We are proud to be part of efforts to build a strong connection with local schools. CESOSS first started working with  local elementary schools back in 2014. Our intent is to reconnect schools, students, and families with local agricultural traditions that includes small farming, gardening, and the importance of acequias in our community.  Since then we piloted school-based farmer's markets held at local elementary schools, helped to establish and upkeep a school garden at Dolores Gonzales Elementary, have coordinated events and workshops at local elementary schools, and have worked with teachers to bring lessons to their classes.  

Ciclos de la Tierra: Cultivating Querencia through Mutualismo and Justice

We are excited to announce that we are currently developing Ciclos de la Tierra: Cultivating Querencia through Mutualismo and Justice curriculum that focuses on reconnecting students and schools with local agricultural traditions.  We are using traditional acequia philosophies such as Querencia and Mutualismo as a framework to build a curriculum that will be organized around the Earth's seasons.  We wanted to move away from the typical canned garden curriculum and instead build one that centers on local traditions, local knowledge, and our own geographic spaces.  We have successfully piloted parts of the curriculum at Dolores Gonzales Elementary.  Our goal is to share this curriculum with other interested teachers across APS and New Mexico.  If you're interested in getting involved in this project, contact us!

School Based Workshops & Events

As part of our efforts to connect with local schools, we have organized various workshops and events focused on local agricultural traditions, urban and semi-urban acequias, and the importance of land and water to our communities. In 2019 we led talks that highlighted the importance of local acequias with over 200 Rio Grande High School students. We hope to continue to offer workshops as part of our Ciclos de la Tierra educational framework and curriculum. 

De La Tierra Coloring Book

CESOSS is proud to present De la Tierra Coloring Book that is part of the Ciclos de la Tierra educational framework and curriculum! De la Tierra focuses on the importance and sacredness of land and water to people across New Mexico and features the work of local artists. Our hope is to share this coloring book with schools across the state and beyond.

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