Highlighting Local Farms

As a young farmer within the Desert Oasis Garden, I thought that it would be beneficial to educate myself, and my biology classmates of our city’s agricultural scene. Below, I have highlighted a couple of organic farms within Albuquerque. As the season of summer approaches, I will make an effort to visit these farms, meet their workers, and check out what produce they have to offer. I encourage you all to do the same!

Chispas Farms: http://chispasfarms.com/index.html

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Chispas Farms was established in 2001 in the South Valley. It specializes in the growth of heirloom fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, potatoes, carrots, and garlic. Eli Burg and Amanda Mione have served as co-head farmers since 2004. At Chispas Farms, the motto is, “Good things happen when people grow food.”


Los Poblanos Organic Farm: http://www.lospoblanos.com/lavendar-organic-farm/


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Los Poblanos Organic Farm was established in 1934 in the North Valley. It is proud to grow native produce of New Mexico, including Chimayo chile, Tepary beans, and Casaba melons, among others. In recent years, Los Poblanos has introduced lavender farming and beekeeping to their property.


Sol Harvest Farm: http://solharvestfarm.com


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Sol Harvest Farm is another farm located in Albuquerque’s North Valley. Tomatoes, carrots, radishes, and beets are commonly harvested at this farm. Its fields are located directly behind Farm & Table, a restaurant whose produce comes from Sol Harvest. Together, the restaurant and the farm have formed a strong, dependent bond, and have succeeded in providing their customers with delicious food.




3 thoughts on “Highlighting Local Farms

  1. This is a very fun and well formatted article. I really like how specific it is and it helps for people who read it to connect on a personal level. I do feel however that each part could be a little bit longer (maybe 3-4 sentences longer), as I would like to know more about them. At the very least, a segment at the end entitled “for extra reading go to…” would be nice to have, as the information provided here is good, but it is simply not enough. Also, each description is somewhat boring and states merely the same thing. Potentially some facts, such as when it was founded and just more information would be nice. Phrases such as “Eli Burg and Amanda Mione have served as co-head farmers since 2004”. What was the history before that? Were they the original owners? I’d just like a bit more detail. That is all.

    • The reason that the descriptions are brief is simply because I had trouble finding additional information about each farm. Instead of adding “for extra reading go to…”, I included a link to the farm’s website in each description. To answer your question about Eli Burg and Amanda Mione’s history before farming, I am unsure of what they did before they became co-head farmers. However, I do know for a fact that they were not the original owners. The man who owns Chispas Farms is named John Sparks.

  2. I agree with Will that the entries are not informative enough. Perhaps you could have gone into a bit more history of how organic, local farming has taken root in NM. Perhaps include a few more local farms. Include info about CSA….lots of ways to “beef” up this post.

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