Mandy’s Farm is grateful to have received a grant from the local organization Albuquerque Involved, in the amount of $2200. These funds will allow Mandy’s Farm to purchase much-needed sensory equipment for individuals with sensory-processing disorders and other sensory needs. This is the second grant awarded to Mandy’s Farm by Albuquerque Involved. Their initial funds allowed for the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible ramp for use in the horseback riding arena. Thank you Albuquerque Involved! For more information about their organization, or to become a donor to a variety of local nonprofits through participation in Albuquerque Involved, please click here.
This year, Mandy’s Farm participated in #MakeEmBoom, a city-wide event that benefitted non-profit organizations. Thanks to your diligent voting, Mandy’s Farm was able to win #MakeEmBoom. Mandy’s Farm is so grateful for all of those who voted for any of the worthy charitable organizations that participated. Thank you Boomtime, for helping Mandy’s Farm boom.
What is #MakeEmBoom and How Does it Work?
Each non-profit organization has a corresponding bomb sculpture, custom-painted by a local artist. They have been placed strategically around town, with community members voting for their favorite. The Mandy’s Farm bomb, located outside of Pei Wei on Louisiana, was voted as the Albuquerque community’s favorite. As the winner, Mandy’s Farm will receive one year’s worth of free marketing from Boomtime and a fundraiser to be held at Scalo’s, among other prizes.
Mandy’s Farm is pleased to be a 2015 recipient of the PNM Reduce Your Use Grant. Promising to reduce energy use by 10% in the year 2016, Mandy’s Farm has received funding to replace an industrial water heater and several indoor light fixtures with energy-efficient equipment. This project also partners with the Mandy’s Farm solar partnership with ReChoice, which will also reduce energy consumption.
Mandy’s Farm is pleased to announce that a solar panel installation has been completed at the farm property. The installation, which was done at no cost to Mandy’s Farm, will save a projected $40,000 over the next 25 years. It was funded by Albuquerque startup SunPort and a core of its earliest customers, through the startup’s sister non-profit organization, ReChoice. ReChoice is a 501c3 nonprofit working to make renewable energy available to everyone. Their nonprofit solar projects are funded primarily through the sale of SunJouleTM renewable energy microcredits (fractional SRECs). Learn more at www.rechoice.org.
Mandy’s Farm had considered going solar previously, but as a small, local non-profit had been unable to make the investment with its limited budget. The ReChoice grant funding and a discounted installation by Affordable Solar suddenly made the dream possible.
#GivingTuesday is a national day of giving that is observed on the Tuesday directly following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when we express thanks through supporting our favorite non-profit organizations.
You can participate in the Mandy’s Farm #GivingTuesday campaign by becoming a monthly-recurring donor. Simply visit our donate page to commit to giving a monthly donation to Mandy’s Farm. Donating as little as $10 each month makes a huge difference in the lives of those served by the enhanced programming at Mandy’s Farm.
Mandy’s Farm is pleased to announce that CARF International has awarded us with a three-year accreditation. Undertaking accreditation is an intensive process, during which an organization’s service delivery, policies and procedures, and quality assurance are examined by experts in the field. CARF accreditation signals a service provider’s commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community. To learn more about CARF International, and what accreditation means, visit http://www.carf.org/home/.
Mandy’s Farm has received additional support for the vermicomposting program at Mandy’s Farm (a part of the Everyone Can Work program). Within the vermicomposting program, individuals with developmental disabilities gather food scraps from community restaurants such as Flying Star and Satellite Coffee, and then integrate them into worm bins, where food scraps, leaves, and other organic material, is broken down into compost. The resulting vermicompost can then be used to enrich gardens, and can be sold at Mandy’s Farm booths at local farmers markets. Through funds granted by New Mexico Mutual, Mandy’s Farm will be able to purchase additional supplies needed for the collection of food scraps, the care of the worms, and product marketing.
Through support received through a Bernalillo County Grant, Mandy’s Farm will now receive additional funding to support the Everyone Can Work Supported Employment Program. This funding will allow for additional individuals with developmental disabilities to be placed in integrated jobs in the Albuquerque Community, increasing opportunities to build community relationships, as well as self-sufficiency.
Mandy’s Farm thanks the Albuquerque Masonic Lodge 60 for their support of the expansion of our horsemanship program. With their support, Mandy’s Farm will now have funding to provide Therapeutic Horsemanship through Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) certification.
In 2014, we received a new high top paratransit van and new a low-floor minivan with funds provided by the 5310 Federal Department of Transportation grant.
In 2016, Mandy’s Farm received two additional vehicles from the 5310 Federal Department of Transportation grant, in order to replace our well-used shuttles that support Day Services transportation. These shuttles include additional wheelchair lifts and accessibility that is sorely needed to serve all individuals within the program.
In 2017, Mandy’s Farm is slated to receive an additional shuttle and low-floor minivan, both with wheelchair access, in order to retire heavily used vehicles from our fleet.