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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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Eating and dehydrating horno-roasted chicos

Opening the horno is like opening a present at Christmas, except you know what it is.  The smell is the best: delicate cedar smoke enfused with the smell of sweet corn and earth.This corn is the second generation of an … Continue reading

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Planting rows and irrigating at Sol Feliz Farm

This year we put in some red corn.  Again, better late than never…  But this time of year gives us an opportunity to really identify which of these corns will be happiest here in Taos.  This red corn posole strain … Continue reading

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The “three sisters” emerge at school garden

This is the awesome time of year when we exclaim from our heart: IT WORKED!!!  ITS ALIVE!!!  WE DID IT!!! This photo shows maize (corn) on the left, squash in the middle, and beans on the right.  The battery in … Continue reading

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Processing blue corn for atole

This is blue corn we harvested at the end of the growing season in 2013.  It came from 7 rows that were approximately 80 feet long.  After desgrando el maiz, or shelling the corn, we poured it in front of … Continue reading

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AIRE provides chicos for student luncheon

A recent development in our programmatic activity is trying to figure out the best way to bring these food traditions and products to the most number of students possible.  We had the students participate in the planting, care, and harvest … Continue reading

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Processing and eating chicos

After we have had our fill of fresh roasted chicos with butter, salt, chile, lemon pepper, and other toppings, we have to get to work on stringing up the chicos so that they can dry completely.  We use needles that … Continue reading

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