2020 Harvest Festival

Each year, Mandy’s Farm hosts a community harvest festival for all ages and abilities. Filled with food, fun, music, and seasonal activities on location at our Farm in the South Valley, it’s the place to be to kick off your holiday season. Due to the current public health crisis, Mandy’s Farm has transitioned to providing a social media-based event with special interactive activities, storytelling, live and recorded performances, and online auctions/ raffles from October 19th-24th.

If you would like to be considered as a paid performer for this event, please submit your application here: https://forms.gle/Mw4k2ZpGwJ7KnNGP6

As part of this event, we will be selling pumpkin carving and painting kits for you to pick up at Mandy’s Farm (at our South Valley or Los Ranchos locations on October 19th and 20th. We encourage you to share your pumpkin masterpieces by tagging us on social media on Facebook (@mandysfarm) and Instagram (@mandysfarmnm). Please submit your order online by no later than October 15th! We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Mandy’s Farm Responds to COVID-19 Crisis

Current as of October 26, 2020 –

Mandy’s Farm has worked extensively to adapt to the changing landscape in New Mexico during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. In compliance with the New Mexico Department of Health’s guidance, Mandy’s Farm has suspended all programming conducted in large group settings. Contact your Program Director to find out more about what is currently available in terms of in-home support and virtual programming.

All residential services, through which we support individuals with disabilities in their homes, have been deemed essential by Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham, and are operating under extensive procedural changes advised by the Department of Health in order to ensure the health and safety of all residents and direct caregivers. All visitors, excluding immediate family and therapists (who are limited to visits held in outdoor or alternative settings to allow for distancing and COVID-safe practices), are prohibited from visiting residential settings at this time, but have been provided with support in connecting online via FaceTime, Zoom, and other video chat services. Appropriate health care providers and direct care staff are able to continue to provide services within the homes with the implementation of start-of-shift temperature checks and screening tools, the continual use of masks throughout each shift, and use of strict hygiene/ disinfection procedures. We continue to refine our COVID response procedures to ensure that all of our residents, and those who provide them with support, remain healthy and safe.

All Mandy’s Farm on-site volunteer opportunities have been suspended until further notice. Limited remote volunteer work is occurring on a case-by-case basis.

Adaptive horseback riding and other animal husbandry opportunities at Mandy’s Farm have been suspended until further notice. All animals are being monitored and cared for on a daily basis by designated members of our barn team.

VAMOS programming has successfully shifted to an online platform, with the temporary elimination of all community-based internships. Please contact the VAMOS Manager or VAMOS Director for more information, or to go over questions/ concerns.

Agricultural programming, deemed essential throughout this time, provided a unique opportunity for Mandy’s Farm to support individuals experiencing food insecurity over the past six months. However, our growing season has now come to a close. Please contact the AgrAbility Specialist to find out more about online classes and ways to continue farming apprenticeships from home. We hope to see you under safer circumstances in the Spring of 2021.

Employment services have been adapted, suspended, or increased based on the needs of our local employers and employees with disabilities. We continue to work to ensure that the individuals we support are given equitable access to jobs in the community at minimum wage or higher, while also ensuring that everyone working outside their home is healthy and safe.

Service recipients, family members, donors, and community members with questions regarding any program changes, or ways to help, should reach out to our Development Director, Jessie Calero, at jessie@mandysfarm.org for more information.

Mandy’s Farm Celebrates 20 Years of Service in 2020

Mandy’s Farm, having opened its doors in the year 2000, is thrilled to have reached our 20 year anniversary, and will be celebrating this organizational milestone at our Annual Kentucky Derby Party on May 2, 2020.

“Our programs have only increased in relevance, accessibility, and impact since our services launched two decades ago,” says Development Director, Jessie Calero. “We now support over 200 individuals and their families each month, and consistently find that the community need for the type of programming we provide outstrips our capacity. As we continue to grow, we hope to reach those who are still in need of Mandy’s Farm services, and anticipate a continued focus on access, excellence, and inclusion. We are so excited for what the next 20 years will bring.”

As part of a celebratory donation drive, Mandy’s Farm is working to obtain 20 donations, multi-year pledges, or planned gifts in the amount of $20,000. Ms. Calero shared that “through this 20th anniversary campaign, Mandy’s Farm will create an emergency fund that will allow us to address critical funding gaps as they arise, ensure that emergency maintenance issues can be quickly resolved, and provide piece of mind to families and individuals who rely on our programs. We want this campaign to be accessible to anyone who supports our mission, so we are also asking community members to also consider providing gifts in the amount of $20, $200 or $2,000. No matter your budget, we want anyone in the community to feel like they can be a member of the Mandy’s Farm family.”

New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism Continues to Support VAMOS

The New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism has initiated its third year of VAMOS funding at Mandy’s Farm. Known for its administration of the AmeriCorps program in New Mexico, NMCCV focuses on building economic opportunity for community members, as well as providing national service opportunities that provide meaningful pathways to successful careers for our nation’s residents. Mandy’s Farm initially collaborated with NMCCV through their planning grant program, through which the VAMOS program was born. Now in their second year of funding VAMOS operations, NMCCV has become an essential partner in carrying out the goals of the VAMOS Program.

BBVA Compass Bank Supports VAMOS for Second Year

Mandy’s Farm is grateful to BBVA Compass Bank for renewing its support of the VAMOS Program. BBVA has provided grant funds to the VAMOS program since its inception in 2017. Funding will be used to create paid internships for all VAMOS participants. This provides each student with the opportunity to expand their on-the-job experience, build their resume, and receive a paycheck (often for the first time in their lives). Thank you, BBVA Compass Bank!

PNM Reduce Your Use Recognizes Mandy’s Farm

Mandy’s Farm was recently selected as a funding recipient through the PNM Reduce Your Use program. Through a $4,000 grant provided by the PNM Foundation, Mandy’s Farm will be able to install solar lighting throughout outdoor areas of the Farm, as well as replace all indoor lighting with energy-efficient fixtures. Mandy’s Farm looks forward to reducing reliance on non-renewable energy as our programs expand.

Wells Fargo Doubles Down on the VAMOS Program

Wells Fargo recently doubled its investment in the Mandy’s Farm VAMOS Program, providing $10,000 for the program. Reaching individuals with disabilities who are living without adult services, the VAMOS Program provides intensive job-training, paid internship opportunities, benefits navigation services, and so much more to its students. VAMOS graduates have successfully transitioned to community employment at minimum wage or higher, returned to school to obtain the diploma, or have moved onto higher education. We are so grateful for Wells Fargo’s decision to support our work, increasing opportunities for young people in our community.

Annual Harvest Festival

Each year, Mandy’s Farm hosts a community harvest festival for all ages and abilities. Filled with food, fun, music, and seasonal activities, it’s the place to be to kick off your holiday season.
This year, we are offering a variety of activities including:
-pumpkin painting
-pony rides
-a petting zoo
-a haunted barn
-local food trucks
-beer garden
-live performers
and so much more!

While entry is FREE, each activity has a “ticket cost” where one ticket is equal to one dollar.

Mandy’s Farm is a nonprofit organization based out of the South Valley of Albuquerque. Throughout the year we support over 200 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as they navigate independent living, community involvement, and employment. We encourage Mandy’s Farm supporters to consider purchasing a sponsorship, allowing your family or business to be recognized at the event, on social media, and within our annual report! Businesses interested in purchasing a sponsorship can visit www.mandysfarm.org/sponsors for more information. Sponsorships allow us to continue to provide outstanding services for adults with developmental disabilities in our community throughout the year.

Are you interested in volunteering at the event? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at nicole@mandysfarm.org.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Jessie Calero at jessie@mandysfarm.org or call 505-503-1141 ext. 704.

Annual Kentucky Derby Party

Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while exploring our beautiful farm in the South Valley of Albuquerque. Vote for your favorite goat to win our on-site derby or purchase raffle tickets while listening to charming songs of the South. Take selfies with our rose-adorned horses or snuggle our baby goats, all while viewing a live feed from the Kentucky Derby. All proceeds benefit the VAMOS Employment Preparation Program at Mandy’s Farm, which supports individuals with disabilities who are still on the waiting list for adult services.