BP General Manager Passes Baton: “Best Job I Ever Had”

Peter Edmunds

Peter Edmunds steps down from General Manager position at Border Partners. He’s seen here in Palomas Centro Town Park on Earth Day during Border Partners Fair.

by Peter Edmunds

It’s been ten years since I started Border Partners with my wife, Polly, and Helena Myers. Last month I celebrated my 80th birthday, and I have decided it is time for me to transition out of my position as General Manager. Fortunately, one year ago, Samantha Apodaca joined Border Partners staff and, now, I am very happy to be turning over the reins to her. As of this week, she will be the General Manager, and I will be her adviser. 
Border Partners is the best job I have ever had.  For ten years, I have had the pleasure of working with the people of Palomas for several days each week to help them improve their community. In the process, it grew into something way beyond what Polly and I envisioned ten years ago. Today there are changes brought by Border Partners to Palomas that affect almost every resident in a small or a very large way.

What Lies Ahead

And now the fun begins for me. Unburdened by administrative duties, I am looking forward to doing some things that I have not had time to do in the last years. I will be in New Mexico until about May 1 to make sure Samantha has all she needs to be successful managing BP. She has worked for BP for almost a year, so she already is better at a lot of the work than I am. By May 1, I will finish construction work on some playgrounds and water filters. I will then go north to be with Polly and our family and friends in Minnesota and Wisconsin for the summer.

In the fall, I will return and get to work with the youth in Palomas on projects that will include some solar energy experiments, robotics and art. My hope is that I will be able to come back for a few months every year and work with the kids in Palomas.

I want to thank everyone on the BP team for the privilege of working with you for the past years. It has been a true joy to be part of the team that has done so much good work in Palomas.

Border Partners Annual Report 2016


ANNUAL REPORT 2016During 2016, thanks to generous support from numerous individuals and groups and the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the people of Palomas, with Border Partners’ assistance, were able to make the following much needed improvements in their community.

  • Townspeople built a dirt bike track so teens have productive activity.
  • Volunteers created a bicycle repair shop. They’ve restored 250 bikes we brought to Palomas (so far!).
  • For the first time ever townspeople have and use an indoor public recreation facility.
  • Border Partner’s gardeners and volunteer parents built new school vegetable gardens at two Palomas elementary schools.
  • Promotoras are teaching teens–in classes the teens love to attend–the skills they need to stay healthy and REMAIN in school to graduate.

Annual Report 2016–Working together also accomplished:

  • Built a second greenhouse in the community garden,
  • Began growing earthworms and produced 20 cubic yards of biochar to enrich gardens,
  • Sponsored meal delivery to four handicapped senior citizens,
  • Constructed security doors and windows on the new high school, AND
  • Installed 6 revolutionary home furnaces that produce biochar and provide free heat.
  • Began offering a monthly health screening check at the local plaza one Saturday each month.

And YES, Border Partners continued our OTHER successful programs too:

  • Sponsored soccer, volleyball and basketball tournaments for all ages at the Border Partners’ Sports Center
  • Held Spring & Fall town Health Fairs with health screenings, free haircuts, diabetes foot checks, free healthy burritos, nutrition handouts.
  • Organized our fifth annual Summer School session for local children focused on the importance of eating healthy food and getting physical activity.
  • Offered a computer skills class for adults
  • Supported 70 home gardeners with technical assistance and supplies
  • Delivered a monthly food supplement of nutritious food (value $300) for the school lunches at one of the primary schools
  • Offered a series of  nutrition classes for 40 families
  • In collaboration with the local health clinic, sponsored several community walks and bike rides.