SEMBRANDO SEMILLAS PROJECT

The Sembrando Semillas Acequia Youth Program was created to inspire and facilitate the development of our next generation of parciantes (acequia irrigators) in northern New Mexico. The program is focused primarily on mentorship, in which youth from various regions in northern New Mexico learn about seasonal agricultural activities through hands-on experiential learning. Mentors organize activities for the youth to participate, including preparing the fields, planting, irrigating, harvesting, and traditional food processing activities such as making chicos and having matanzas. The youth document their experiences through digital photography and recorded interviews for the purpose of creating digital storytelling pieces, short video (see YouTube videos below) and print media. Another goal of the project is to build relationships within and among the youth in the program and to strengthen their sense of belonging to the greater acequia community.

Currently, Sembrando Semillas oversees active projects in Chamisal, Pecos, Mora, San Luis, and Questa, with a total of six mentors and fifteen youth. For more information about this project, contact Pilar Trujillo at pilar@lasacequias.org. To view the Sembrando Semillas videos visit their page AcequiaYouth page on YouTube.