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Project Title: Sustainable Communities Coordinator

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Grant ID Number:EQ - 00F12201-2
EPA Region:EPA R6AAShip:R06 - Region 6
Division/Office:Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal AffairsLab/Office:
CFDA:66.604Media:Environmental Justice
Grant Program:
Recipient Name: Connections Inc.
City:Recipient Type:Not for Profit
State:NMCong District:03
Competition Status:
Award Date:10/05/2011Cum Award:$24,937
Project Start:10/01/2010Project End:10/31/2011
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Sustainable Communities Coordinator
Building efficient and sustainable hoop houses that can be maintained to grow produce throughout the year provides a hands-on, manageable and affordable approach for the average producer and enables the population to maintain a healthier diet. In high-poverty areas such as ours, fresh and healthy food is not commonly accessible. This is particularly true after the growing season when locally grown produce isn�t available and many families are dependant on food sources outside of the area and on federal food programs. By making food production affordable and extending the season (thereby increasing availability of fresh foods), we are addressing diabetes, obesity and many of the other health concerns regionally. By keeping the entire process closer to home through local food production systems, we keep more money circulating through our community as well as cutting down on carbon emissions associated with transportation of foodstuffs. Introducing the project from a ‘green�, local, sustainable and organic approach serves to educate the community to healthier ways of maintaining and improving both their environment and themselves, while a return to sustainable agriculture for this area means a revitalization of traditional roots.

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Project Officer Shirley Quinones 214-665-2713
Grant Specialist Debbie Dorsey 214-665-6554

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