Image of an acequia, a traditional irrigating system of New Mexico.
Courtesy of New Mexico Acequia Association

New Mexico Acequia Association

Sante Fe, NM

The New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) offers intergenerational mentoring, farmer training, advocacy, and community organizing to grow healthy food for families and communities, honor cultural heritage, and protect the ancient waterways—acequias—of New Mexico.

NMAA projects, events, and programs connect youth and participants of all ages not only to farming and acequia knowledge and skills but also to the canciones (songs), bendiciones (prayers), cuentos (stories), and community historias (histories) that have always guided and provided strength to communities.

“In our vision, acequias flow with clean water, people work together to grow food, and communities celebrate cultural and spiritual traditions.”
New Mexico Acequia Association

Featured Media

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