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Source: joint New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom and Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico news release

Las Cruces, NM - The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM) awarded a $9,000 grant to New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom (NMAITC). The grant will allow NMAITC to provide K-5 teachers at Hatch Valley Schools in Hatch, New Mexico "In the Field" experiences for elementary teachers that will be designed to help teachers build their background knowledge in the agricultural sciences as well as make important connections within the Hatch community.

These educational experiences will help teachers in Hatch, New Mexico see the important connections to agriculture and science and be more readily able to make real-world problem-solving and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) connections across their curriculum.

"This grant from CFSNM is essential to the Hatch Valley Schools as they move towards their goal of establishing the Hatch Valley Ag STEM Academy throughout grades K-12," said Traci Curry, director for New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom.

"This funding is instrumental in helping teachers make strong connections to agriculture and the community as well as enhancing leadership and life skills that will assure the success of this innovative agricultural educational framework. This initiative will not only help develop more informed consumers about New Mexico agriculture, it will also encourage young people to consider and pursue a career in the agricultural sciences," said Curry.

"We are proud to support impactful organizations in southern New Mexico, including New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom (NMAITC), as they work to strengthen New Mexico communities," said Terra Winter, president and chief executive officer of CFSNM. "This grant was made through our Wellness Fund Grant program because of NMAITC's focus on educational programming and agricultural literacy."

The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM) serves as a community resource, connects donors to needs, and supports charitable organizations in their work. CFSNM serves as a vehicle for people of all means to make a lasting impact on quality of life in our region now and in the future. CFSNM is supported by a broad base of individuals, families, corporations, and institutions connected by the desire to improve southern New Mexico.

As a center for charitable giving CFSNM supports the arts, feed the hungry, expand literacy, improve health, and countless other meaningful causes in the ten counties we serve, which include: Catron, Chaves, Doņa Ana, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra, Socorro, Grant, Lincoln and Luna. Website:

New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom is the educational outreach program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau Foundation. The purpose of NMAITC is to educate the general public, with an emphasis on K-12 students and educators, about the importance of agriculture. Website:

New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau (NMF&LB) is a 20,000-member organization comprised of farmers and ranchers, and those who are interested in private property rights and a local food supply. NMF&LB is the state's largest, private agricultural organization and was founded in 1917. Website:

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