La Montañita Co-op supports the communities of New Mexico through a number of ongoing projects and initiatives. We’re always trying to be a better and more helpful part of the community, so keep an eye on this page to stay updated on what we’re doing and what new projects we might be taking on. If you have a project idea that would be a good fit for La Montañita, please contact us and let us know!
Every month, La Montañita sponsors a local community-based organization through our Donate-a-Dime bag program. Whenever you bring your own shopping bags, you reduce your carbon footprint, and we’ll donate a dime to a worthy organization! It all adds up. With your help, we’ve donated over $100,000 since we started the program a few years ago. Click here to see past Donate-a-Dime organizations and how much we’ve given them through this program.
The Veteran Farmer Project brings together farming and gardening educators and professionals to provide hands-on experience for veterans interested in agriculture. The Veteran Farmer Project sells its produce at the VA, our stores, and some local restaurants, and all proceeds go right back to the veterans. Non-veterans are more than welcome at our classes and farm workdays as well. Click here to find out more about the project and how you can get involved.
We define “local” as any food produced within a roughly 300-mile radius of Albuquerque. This concept of a food-shed is a way of thinking about sustainable food systems—a triple bottom line business model in which social, economic, and ecological outcomes matter. Our trucks pick-up and deliver over 1,100 local products from over 400 local producers to small community grocers, restaurants, and commercial kitchens as a result of the Co-op Distribution Center. This initiative helps local farmers and producers get their products into more markets, all while delivering the freshest and healthiest food to your table.
The La Montañita Fund was started to help food-related operations get up and running in New Mexico. Through the fund, Co-op members can invest in New Mexico farms, ranches, and value-added producers to support and grow our local foodshed. The Fund uses a micro-lending model to enable development that traditional loans could not. Visit the Fund’s page if you’re interested in investing, getting a loan, or just learning more about the program!
On the first of December each year we put out our Holiday Giving Trees to connect the kindness of our Co-op members with the needs of those less fortunate during the holiday season. Thanks to our wonderful and giving community, we’re able to help make over 500 local children’s wishes come true. Click here to learn more about this annual project and how it works.