Since the relocation of Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage to Southern Arizona, we have been busy networking with various food security and justice organizations. All of southeast Arizona is buzzing with the support of much local, national and international organization to improve the local food security and health. Our alliances have strengthened with Somos La Semilla, Cosechando Beinstar, Mexicayotl Academy, Nogales Development Group, Native Seeds/SEARCH, Sabores Sin Fronteras, ARAN (Association of Reforestation of Ambos Nogales), Tucson Meet Yourself, Community Food Bank, Southwest Marketing Network, WHY Hunger and many more.
In 2013, Mariposa Community Health Center has been awarded a substantial 3 year USDA grant to improve food security and health in Nogales and neighboring areas. We are partners and provide technical assistance with organic gardening workshops at Avalon Gardens, as well as assisting with the establishment of a weekly Nogales Farmer's Market.