Tesuque Pueblo Farm Tour

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Lois Ellen Frank is a Growing Native advisory committee member & the owner of Red Mesa Cuisine

Tesuque Pueblo Farm Tour

Date Posted: 
2012-10-28 15:07

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It's harvest time here in New Mexico and the abundance of traditionally grown foods are everywhere. I recently brought out a visiting scholar and artist Ron Bull from the Maori Tribe in New Zealand to visit the Tesuque Pueblo Farm. We were given a tour of the farm by Emigdio Ballon (Quechua) who is the head of the agricultural initiative at the farm. We watched local school children pick ripe apples, sampled blackberries and raspberries on their vines, saw the abundance of crops ready to be harvested from medicinal plants to traditional corn. We toured the Hoop Houses that were installed to extend the growing season and allow the Pueblo to grow crops year round. Our last stop of the farm was a tour of the almost completed adobe seed storage building that will house native seeds for the Pueblo for generations to come.

This is a wonderful example of growing Native at its best and Tesuque Pueblo farms showing how it can grow enough food for the entire community and an excellent example of sustainability that can be used by other Pueblos and Indigenous Nations all over the Americas.