Monthly Archives: June 2011

Meat and Dairy

Today was the final day of the summer field school! We began by meeting with Dr. Robert Hagevoort, the NMSU Dairy Extension Specialist based out of the Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, and Beverly Idsinga, Executive Director of the Dairy … Continue reading

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Growing Nuts in NM

In the morning we visited the Haley Pecan Farm, just west of Roswell. The 1,600 acre farm is owned and operated by Bruce Haley, who recently received an $891,000 USDA Rural Development loan guarantee/grant package for the installation of a … Continue reading

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Ranney Ranch Grassfed Beef

Today was the day that many of our students had been looking forward to from the outset of the field school. We were going to visit the Ranney Ranch, a grassfed beef operation to the southeast of Corona that practices … Continue reading

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Self Reliance is Empowering

The final week of the field school will be spent exploring community gardens, ranches, dairies, orchards and processing facilities in southern New Mexico. Our group reconvened on UNM campus early Monday morning and headed three and a half hours south … Continue reading

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Sheep is Life

From Chinle we headed east through the Navajo Nation to Tsailé, where a branch of the Diné College is located. There we gathered with a dedicated group of fiber addicts and culture seekers for the Sheep is Life festival. Churro … Continue reading

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Canyon de Chelly

Although the field school is mainly focusing on the New Mexico foodshed, we did feel it necessary to make a foray into northeastern Arizona to learn more about indigenous lifeways. Just outside of Chinle, we met up with Navajo guides … Continue reading

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El Agua es la Vida

We all know that water is an integral part of sustaining life. We also know that average annual rainfall is relatively low throughout the Southwest. (Currently, the Albuquerque area is on day 130 with no measurable rainfall.) Ironically, because there … Continue reading

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