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The inspiration for this issue of Voices from the Earth started out quite simply - a phone conversation with Maria Varela, which led to a discussion of a possible article on Ganados del Valle (Workbook readers will remember Ganados del Valle from the feature "Revitalizing Hispanic and Native American Communities: Four Examples," Volume 14, No. 1, January-March 1989) She had written a chapter on Ganados for inclusion in a new book entitled: Across the Great Divide: Explorations in Collaborative Conservation and the American West. Maria's article focuses on difficulties Ganados faced as a community-based organization developing economic opportunities for a primarily Hispanic, low-income community, and the role environmental groups played in these struggles. We were interested in her point of view regarding this issue, and are pleased to reprint her chapter beginning on page 3.
We also decided to revisit some of the other people who have shaped Ganados del Valle. One was Antonio Manzanares, Ganados co-founder and owner-operator of Shepherd's Lamb (see article on page 6). The other was Arlene Valdez, the current Executive Director of Ganados (see "Ganados del Valle Today," page 5). The goal was to bring The Workbook article up-to-date, as well as provide readers with information on the current activities of Ganados and Shepherd's Lamb. We hope their stories interest you, and encourage you to support these and other local, community-based businesses.
The following is some basic information on Ganados del Valle's history:
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