Supporting Seed Sovereignty

Featuring Blue Corn Polenta & Calabacitas

What Makes Your Cooking Experience Unique:

Learn About Seeds With Resiliency: Seed Sovereignty is the right of a farmer to save, use, exchange, and sell their own seeds. When farmers save seeds, the seeds become strong, resilient, and able flourish in challenging environments. 

Know Your Farmer: You’ll hear from Lorenzo Candelaria, a 7th generation Native farmer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lorenzo has collected blue corn seeds from different Indigenous pueblos around New Mexico and planted them in his South Valley farm, creating a drought-resistant crop that thrives in our increasingly dry desert environment. Every season Lorenzo completes the lengthy process of hulling, roasting, and grinding his blue corn into flour. His unique blue corn seeds carry the history & stories of the people who have shared their seeds with him.

Receive Some Very Special Ingredients: For this cooking class, your team members will have the opportunity to receive a package of New Mexican blue corn flour, from local farmer, Lorenzo Candelaria’s Fall 2021 harvest AND New Mexico red chile powder!

Cook a Delicious & Accessible Recipe: You’ll learn how to make a creamy & smooth porridge (or polenta) with the blue corn flour, butter, and salt. Then we’ll make calabacitas, a classic New Mexican dish, of sautéed mixture of squash, corn, onions, and we’ll add a some red chile for some spice.

How it Works:

  • Length: This experience is 90 minutes long, including time for cooking and team-building activities. 
  • Price: Starting at $1000 for groups up to 25, plus $50 per person per shipped ingredient kit 
  • Dietary Needs: All recipes include substitutions to accompany most dietary preferences and restrictions.
  • Platform: Classes are held on Zoom (or we can use your desired platform).
  • Includes: Once booked we will send you the recipe & shopping list to share with your team.
  • If you have any questions, please email

We offer this also as an in-person cooking class experience in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. If interested in more info, please email us at

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