And wouldn’t you know that we were so engaged in the experience that we forgot to take a group photo!? So here is a photo of the group visiting another farm in the area. We had about 13 students and two instructors here from this class that is actually staying in different communities each week and checking out a variety of farms all over the region. The great thing about this particular group is that it is a chance for me to reconnect with my major professor and lead organizer of this trip, Dr. Bruce Milne of the Biology Department and director of Sustainability Studies at UNM. He is able to at least see the context and some of the research I am doing that I hope eventually translates into some dissertation results.
Yesterday this group was at a winery, after here they went to check out the Taos County Economic Development Corporation and what they do with their certified kitchen service, mobile matanza, and community garden and greenhouse. Tomorrow they are going to Gemini Farms in Trampas, I think the photo above is from that farm. This is the second year this class comes through, it is always great to see how the program is going and how it is evolving.
A highlight of the visit was that four of our ‘Sembradores’ youth team from Chrysalis High School were able to participate and give excerpts of their experience at Sol Feliz with planting and irrigating. Another highlight is that one of the participants in the Foodshed class, Toribio Garcia, was an original participant in another youth-in-agriculture project I have helped develop, the Sembrando Semillas project of the New Mexico Acequia Association (www.lasacequias.org). His video, “How my family makes chicos,” can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/AcequiaYouth