Our Mission- is a longstanding one, to revitalize the agricultural heritage of the Taos Pueblo community and re-establish food sovereignty, regaining control of and rebuilding its food & economic systems. We have a thirteen-year history that began in 2002 under the umbrella of the tribal Taos Pueblo Education & Training Division (TPETD) with the building of the Red Willow Education Center. In 2007 we transitioned from Taos Pueblo grant sponsorship to that of a local 501(c)(3) for four key developmental years. In 2010, Red Willow Center was incorporated in New Mexico as a state nonprofit, and the Taos Community Foundation became our fiscal sponsor, lasting until we received 501(c)(3) status in March 2014. (RWC is currently the only 501(c)(3) on the reservation.)
- Four greenhouses (two heated year-round) and a one-acre.
- Farmer’s outdoor & indoor market spaces.
- Solar-powered agricultural water well (0.7 kw) and extensive drip irrigation system.
- Walk-in cooler.
- Biomass district heating system serving two office buildings, two greenhouses, the farmers market store, and RWC’s small office.
- One room demonstrating a solar Trombe wall.
- 2.5-kw photovoltaic grid-tied array.
- 7 solar thermal panels.
- Composting area.
RWC conducts its activities through eight programs:
- Red Willow Farm & Market (operates year-round).
- Youth Education & Training in Sustainability, which consists of six developmental education programs.
- Red Willow Infrastructure Development & Maintenance.
- Red Willow Complex District Heating System (supplies renewable energy heat to four onsite organizations).
- Community Agricultural Revitalization (in concert with Red Willow Community Growers Cooperative).
- Community Service/Service Learning Program.
- Regional Outreach to Pueblos and Tribes.
- Farm-to-school Program.