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Local farm participates in senior food program

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Graves Farm and Garden of Chaves County is one of the New Mexico agricultural producers participating in a state initiative to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to seniors.

The state Aging and Long-Term Services Department started the New Mexico Grown Fruits and Vegetables for Senior Meals Pilot Program in 2019 in cooperation with several other agricultural and senior-serving organizations, including the nonprofit Farm to Table. According to a state news release, the New Mexico Legislature provided $50,000 for the program in 2019.

The program has purchased New Mexico-grown fruits and vegetables to provide to 15 senior centers in San Juan, Sandoval and Socorro counties that supply either group meals or home-delivered meals to seniors. Since February, the centers have provided 101,800 meals that have included the New Mexico-grown produce. The state plans to expand the program next month.

The news announcement indicates that more than 10 farming enterprises sold their commodities to the program, including producers in Albuquerque, Corrales, Socorro, Velarde, Farmington and Moriarty. Graves Farm, located on South Graves Road next to Old Dexter Highway, provided pinto beans.

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