GRANTS

Lavender in the Village News Release
Contact:         Joanie Griffin, (505) 261-4444, jgriffin@sunny505.com
Lavender in the Village Announces 2023 Grant Recipients
Los Ranchos, NM – April 24, 2023 – The Lavender in the Village Association has announced the 2023 grant beneficiaries, with more than $52,000 going to local organizations.
Lavender in the Village Association (LITV) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1994 for the purpose of raising money to help fund local agricultural and educational programs.  LITV’s mission is to preserve and enhance public open space in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque; to stimulate an interest in sustainable agriculture; to promote arts and education, particularly in relation to the agricultural history of the Rio Grande Valley; and to foster community spirit.  In addition to separate funding for the Rio Grande Community Farm, LITV recently bestowed grants for 15 individual projects that include a farm and garden program aiding refugee resettlement, infrastructure for an agricultural apprenticeship program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, a community museum’s curandera garden showcasing native plants and medicinal herbs, a pilot project exploring the use of robotics in farming, and more.
The 2023 LITV grant recipients are:
  • Albuquerque Sign Language Academy, for their Project Edible Trails at the Larry P Abraham Agri-nature Center in Los Ranchos
  • Alvarado Elementary, for maintenance and expansion of the school garden
  • Ashokra Farms, for local micro farm operations
  • Bernalillo Community Museum, to develop community gardens at the museum
  • El Camino Real Academy, for their Garden and Grounds program
  • Lutheran Family Services, Rocky Mountains, for their Tres Hermanas Farm program
  • Mandy’s Farm, for farm infrastructure supporting their AgriAbility program
  • Meals on Wheels, for the purchase of local agricultural products
  • Mountain Dojo, for local micro farm operations
  • Organic Planet Farms, for local micro farm operations and community education
  • SAOL Agriculture Solutions, for the FarmBot pilot project
  • Siembras y Cosechas Family Farm, for local micro farm operations
  • SOL Forest School, to develop a Forest School program for Alameda Elementary preschoolers
  • Space Dog Farms, for local micro farm operations
  • Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District, for the creation of lavender demonstration gardens
“The LITV board congratulates all of our grant recipients and look forward to working with them to spread awareness and education on the importance of sustainable farming, taking care of our environment, and creating a foundation for the next generation to be environmentally conscious,” said Lisa McKinney, Vice-Chair of the Lavender in the Village Board.   “We are grateful to the Village of Los Ranchos, to our generous sponsors, and to the greater Albuquerque community for their continued support for our mission.”
The organization’s annual fundraising event, the Lavender in the Village Festival, is the largest lavender festival in the Southwest.  The event is scheduled for July 22–23, 2023 at Hartnett Park in Los Ranchos, and will feature more than 100 lavender vendors, live music, activities for kids, yoga, seminars, and demonstrations.  This year, the festival will be produced by the Rio Grande Community Farm along with Blue River Productions.  For more information, visit https://www.lavenderinthevillage.org, https://riograndefarm.org/ and https://www.blueriverproductions.com/.
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Lavender in the Village is awarding grant money to nonprofit or educational entities whose proposals help further our mission. Preference will be given to projects within the greater Albuquerque area. 

Applicants may ask for a grant amount from $250 up to the maximum amount of $5000, to be used between April 1, 2023 – April 1, 2024.  

To apply, please download the Grant Application and submit by Wednesday March 22, 8:00 pm.  Awardees will be notified in writing or by phone by April 1, 2023.

Lavender in the Village Mission Statement: The Mission of the Lavender in the Village is to preserve and enhance Los Ranchos public open space, stimulate an interest in sustainable agriculture, with an emphasis on educating the public, including such matters as historic agriculture, lavender and its uses, and fostering community spirit.