I went up to Truchas, New Mexico on Friday morning to a gathering of Northern New Mexicans who were presented with a grant from the US Department of Agriculture. The $150,000 will be used to create the Cooperative Development Center of Northern New Mexico.
It is always fun to go into such a beautiful part of the Land of Enchantment.
Terry Brunner who is Director of the State USDA Rural Development Office handed the funds over to Arturo Sandoval who will help administer the project.
They met with a group of farmers and outfitters who will participate in the program. The idea is for cooperatives to get products to local markets. The second objective involves cultural based tourism and recreation.
The beautiful landscapes and natural resources are an under utilized economic tool in the area.
While so many criticize federal public servants these days they should reflect on the real good that is being done to help areas like Truchas develop jobs and a future.
And finally, a funny quote. "Prayer /n/: how to do nothing and still claim you're helping.