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Homegrown producers win Food Council honor

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Graves Farm and Garden has been named 2019 Farmer of the Year by the New Mexico Food and Agricultural Policy Council and its affiliated organizations.
James “Buz” Graves, left, and Andrew Graves, right, accepted the award. Lyman Graham, food services director for the Roswell Independent School District and one of the purchasers of Graves Farms produce, is shown with them.
The award was presented during the Jan. 24 “New Mexico Food, Farms and Nutrition Day” event held in Santa Fe. Several different honors were announced by the council during the Fourth Annual Food and Farm-to-Schools Award ceremony.
Graves Farm and Garden, a fourth-generation family farming enterprise now headed by Buz and Ronda Graves and their children, was recognized for “their tireless efforts in supporting and promoting access to locally grown foods to youth and students and for investing in the food infrastructure and food economic potential of our communities throughout New Mexico.” Graves Farm sells fresh produce to several school districts in the state and also hosts educational events for schools and youth organizations. The family also participates in agri-tourism by holding community hayrides and October festivals on their property. (Photo Courtesy of Gabrielle Marks Photography)