Formally incorporated in early 2010, the Red Willow Community Growers Cooperative’s mission is to revitalize the community’s agricultural-based heritage, which includes food production in fields, gardens, raised beds and greenhouses, as well as grassroots economic development through the Red Willow Farmers Market. The goal of the Farmers Market and Co-op is to produce fresh and organic fruits and vegetables for families in the community, as well as the schools and senior programs. The Market also employs a number of high school students, reconnecting a younger generation with the cycles of planning, preparing the fields and the art of growing crops to supply markets with produce.
Self-sufficiency is an important goal for Taos Pueblo. Community members say the demand for pueblo-grown produce from Albuquerque, Santa Fe and other parts of New Mexico is on the rise. The entrepreneurial skills that are being developed are an added bonus. Six years ago, the Red Willow Center invested in the construction of two large wood-furnace heated greenhouses to create fresh produce year-round for community members.