Red Willow Community Growers Cooperative (RWCGC), formally incorporated in early 2010, is an organization of Taos Pueblo farmers & gardeners with the intention of revitalizing Taos Pueblo’s community-based heritage agriculture. RWCGC is a natural outgrowth of the 9-year-old grassroots Taos Pueblo Sustainable Agriculture Initiative that began at RWC. Through an MOA, RWCGC is now responsible for the operations and management of the agricultural site at Red Willow, which includes:
- : the nonprofit, charter member of RWCGC, located at RWC and focused on food production in fields, gardens, raised beds, and greenhouses.
- : a grassroots economic development project of RWCGC that began in 2007 (located at RWC).
- : (1) biomass (wood-fired) district heating system for 7,000 ft2 – Red Willow Center building (~2,000 ft2) and two greenhouses (~5,000 ft2); (2) photovoltaic-powered field and greenhouse drip irrigation water system; (3) water phase-change greenhouse root-zone heating/cooling system; (4) solar thermal heating adjunct system tied into the district heating system. Other features include: radiant ground heating, conventional ventilation, trombe wall, and appropriate-scale bio-diesel walking tractor. [Wind energy is not efficient at the RWC location.] In early 2010 RWC had two heated greenhouses (5,000 ft2), two season extenders (1,000 ft2), and plans for two more demonstration season extenders.
- : agricultural research projects vary depending on funding, and demonstration projects include group site tours.
- : a variety of national and regional college, high school, and church groups come to Red Willow each year to help develop and maintain the site.
RWCGC also works to increase high-altitude (7,100’) food production throughout Taos Pueblo.