Category Archives: Acequia Culture

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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Acequia cleaning 2017. Part I.

About a week ago I received notice from our Acequia Commission that we will be starting our acequia cleaning this Friday, March 17.  This is the earliest we gather to clean the acequias in my memory, likely due to our … Continue reading

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Rio Fernando starts flowing

Today I drove by the familiar bridge on Witt Rd and saw water coming down the river.  It seems early for this to happen, remembering that early in my life the river would flow year round.  The sight of water … Continue reading

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Reflections on the harvest of blue corn in Taos in 2016

It can be said that my experience with blue corn (maíz azul) is the reason I became interested in agriculture in the first place. You can read about my first experience planting blue corn here. Husking an ear of blue … Continue reading

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Reflections on the 2016 Growing Season

The growing season always begins with watchful hopes of snowpack in the mountains. Many snowfalls that are measured in inches in the Taos Valley are matched with snowfalls that are measured in feet in the high mountains. The last post … Continue reading

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First snow of the season

      Some time has passed since our last blog posting.  It has been an incredibly busy season that prevented consistent blog posting over the summer.  A reflection on the growing season will be forthcoming, but this snowstorm was inspirational in … Continue reading

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