We look forward to seeing you on our Third Annual Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour in Santa Fe on Sunday, July 28th from 9am-2pm or for the first year in Corrales on Sunday, August 11 from 12pm-5pm. These events are presented by Home Grown New Mexico and Edible Santa Fe.
Corrales on Sunday, August 11 from 12pm-5pm
Buy Tickets Here for Corrales
The tour is self-paced. Guests will go to the homes in any order that they select with a wrist band to identify them. Bring a water bottle to the tour as we will offer water at many homes. Look for the tour addresses and map the week before the tour on this site. The homeowners will be the main tour guides, but also have help from the Master Gardeners and volunteers from each location to review edible gardens, chickens, bees and any other self-sustaining items such as water catchment and more. Corrales has farms, orchards, backyard gardens, bees and chickens on the tour. Visit the Corrales Grower’s Market in the morning it is open from 9am-12pm. Please leave your dog at home, kids under 12 are free and tickets are on sale at each of the tour properties for $35 (cash or credit card).
The website www.homefarmingrevolution.com supporting the event, and offering $5 off the regular price of “The Home Farming Revolution for Drylands” to tour participants.
Volunteering is a way to see the tour for FREE on Saturday and help us on Sunday. There are jobs including helping people park, serving cold drinks, hanging signs, posting flyers and helping in the gardens. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 473-1403 for more details and how you can help.
Ricardo, Rosario, and Rosario Blanco
The Blanco trio runs the Corrales Chile Co. and they are in their fourth season of working the land in the Village of Corrales. The piece of land they farm has been in the family since the early 1800’s and was farmed by Ricardo’s mother’s family for well over a century. Preservation of their traditions and agricultural use of the lands is important to the Blanco’s. They use traditional methods such as: no pesticides or chemical fertilizers and use the acequia for watering practices. These traditions are very important to them as they re-emerge as farmers, but what keeps us going is the fact that they love to do it and are totally committed to local food and sustainability. They grow several varieties of chile, onions, string beans, and blue corn and will be roasting the day of the tour.
Taudy Smith and Dwight Miller
Taudy was raised in Corrales when the Village was predominately a farming community. Her husband, Dwight, purchased one of the last remaining standard tree variety apple orchards in the village and has farmed the five acres for the last fifteen years. They added a vegetable garden five years ago and Dwight built their adobe home there three years later. The orchard and garden is completely organic and pesticide free using bio diversity, organic traps and beneficial bugs for pest control. Daughter, Shannon tends two beehives in the orchard. They have approximately 400 apple trees and operate a full-cider press and produce several varieties of hard cider at harvest time.
Hip Chik Farms
Patrick Rich and Erin Parker-Rich from Hip Chik Farms are intensively raising vegetables on about a ¼ acre garden and raising chickens for the Corrales Grower’s Market where Patrick is chairman of the board. The chicken house is a mobile unit constructed on a former cotton wagon and constructed to have automated doors to secure the hens in the evenings. They have a hive of honeybees to help pollinate plants. Previously, they farmed under the fallow farm program, in which unused but arable property is farmed. The productivity of the field is truly impressive and even more so when one considers that less than a year ago the field was a pasture.
Juan Gonzales Bas Heritage Farm
The Corrales Farmland Preservation and Agricultural Commission is a Village commission charged with preserving farmland and promoting agriculture throughout Corrales. The Commission does this by working with Corrales landowners who have property and would like to see its open space and farmland preserved. To date approximately 40 acres of Corrales farmlands is forever preserved assisting seven active farms.
The Commission also oversees management of the Gonzales property located in the heart of the Village stretching west from Corrales Road to Acequia Madre. The 6-acre property has been farmland for centuries since the arrival of the Spanish when the Gonzales family obtained it. In doing so, the property became the Juan Gonzales Bas Heritage Farm and shall remain farmland forever. The Gonzales property now features an ecologically sustainable farm with over 50 varieties of crops, over 20 young people interested in farming worked there a grant from the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). The Commission is also working to restore the fertility and health of the land through a cover-crop project on another portion of the property.
Farmland preservation efforts are bolstered by overwhelming public support. In 2004, villagers passed a bond for $2.5 million for obtaining conservation easements throughout the village, making Corrales the first town in New Mexico to pass bonds to preserve farmland. The Gonzales Farm is clearly the jewel of Corrales’ efforts and commitment to preserve its agricultural spirit and heritage.
Seed2Need is a non-profit, collaborative effort between the Sandoval County Master Gardeners (SCMG), property owners in the village of Corrales, volunteer groups and numerous private citizens from Corrales, Rio Rancho, Placitas and Albuquerque. Their mission is to reduce hunger and to improve the nutrition of families facing food insecurity within the community. Since 2008 Seed2Need has been planting gardens in Corrales to generate fresh produce for local food pantries and soup kitchens. They also provide fruit from local orchards and have donations from the Corrales Grower’s Market.
Most of the food pantries served pick up produce directly from the gardens. Many of these food pantries also send volunteers to help harvest. Picked fresh. Distributed fresh. Consumed locally by families facing food insecurity.