Author Archives: Miguel

About Miguel

Miguel Santistevan is a researcher, educator, and advocate for traditional agriculture crops and systems.

Reflections on the 2017 growing season

It can be said that the 2017 growing season actually started in the Fall of 2016 with the planting of garlic in late September, late October, and early November.  This year we were able to prepare the soil and plant … Continue reading

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Dryland garden care and summer pruning workshop planned for August 1, 2017.

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Dryland three-sisters garden created at school

On Saturday, May 6, about 12 people came to learn about possibilities in dryland agriculture and help implement a ‘three-sisters’ garden in the arroyo next to the Taos Charter School.  This workshop and garden was the second in a series … Continue reading

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Permaculture workshop planned to create a school garden 5/6/2017

A Taos non-profit organization Agriculture Implementation Research & Education (AIRE) is coordinating a workshop in the basics of Permaculture and arid-lands agriculture. The workshop is a collaboration between AIRE, the National Immigrant Farming Initiative (NIFI), the Los Jardineros Garden Club, … Continue reading

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Acequia cleaning 2017. Part II.

Every year is different in terms of the length of the irrigation season. We actually got some snow yesterday, March 24, and made me wonder if our scheduled acequia cleaning would be cancelled.  But like they say around here, “If … Continue reading

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Preparing the acequia garden soil

March is a good time to get the soil ready for planting and irrigating.  We got this process going in early March and like to get started as soon as the soil can be worked.  In years past, we have … Continue reading

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Tree pruning workshop a success

On March 20, 2017, about 20 participants gathered to learn about tree care and the pruning of trees under the instruction of Ben Wright and Paul Bryan Jones.  This workshop was held at the orchards at the Taos Charter School … Continue reading

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