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Creating a local food hub in a rural food desert

Rio Puerco Alliance

Much of the Navajo Nation is a USDA designated food desert meaning residents don’t have access to grocery stores or healthy affordable food. This is very much the case within the Eastern Navajo Chapters of Ojo Encino, Torreon and Counselor, located in Northwestern New Mexico. Community members must travel 50-60 miles (one-way) to the nearest supermarket. In the creation of a Mobile Farmers Market, accessibility to healthy and culturally significant fruits and vegetables will be a reality.

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