ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Three Sisters Kitchen is developing a Local Food Campus in downtown Albuquerque in partnership with the Downtown Growers’ Market, according to the New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD).
The program is powered by Downtown Albuquerque MainStreet Arts & Cultural District. In addition, the Campus aims to create 45 new living wage jobs, new food manufacturing businesses, opportunities for food entrepreneurs, as well as a year-round farmers’ market and a store, teaching kitchens, cafeteria and event space.
The project also aims to create classrooms for nutrition education, as well as support food insecure households with $500,000 per year in assistance and generate more than $2 million in sales per year.
Three Sisters Kitchen received a $200,000 Economic Adjustment Assistance grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for the project and funding will be matched locally by the Central New Mexico Council of Governments, Albuquerque Community Foundation, Daulton Family Foundation Endowment Fund, Thornburg Foundation, and New Mexico MainStreet.
“New Mexico MainStreet is proud to support the Local Food Campus project in the heart of downtown Albuquerque. We are excited to see the Downtown Growers’ Market and Three Sisters Kitchen grow and have a positive impact on the local economy, support producers, and improve access to locally grown food,” said Daniel J. Gutierrez, Director of New Mexico MainStreet.
Three Sisters Kitchen is one of the key organizations in Albuquerque’s regional food system and is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. The downtown community has been involved in the planning of the Local Food Campus through surveys, focus groups and feedback sessions. In addition, a six-month planning process involving the community is planned for 2023-2024 that will explore accessibility, safety and community food systems.