Celebrate the role farmers play in supporting healthy communities and local food systems by joining the Downtown Growers' Market for two farm tours on Sunday, August 7th at Los Jardines de Moktezuma and Chispas Farm located in the South Valley. This event will include a guided tour of two local farms plus live music. A food truck will be available on site too! You’ll learn about each farms agricultural practices and see first hand a semi-rural farm filled with great produce and a larger pasture which includes goats and chickens. The tour will end at Chispas Farm with live music by Blue House Duo and food! Limited tickets are available for either the tour or just the Chispas party!
Guests will get on the shuttle which will take us to our first farm location! Masks are highly encouraged and will be available on site.
Fidel Gonzalez, owner of Los Jardines de Moctezuma, never planned on becoming a farmer. He says, "I didn't know anything about it but I just nodded my head and said, 'Yes I can do that.' And now, mira [his eyes pointing towards a hoop house], I got my own business." Join Fidel on a guided tour of his semi-rual farm located in the South Valley. You'll learn about his farming practices as well as about La Agricultural Network.
We will hop back on the shuttle and drive to the next farm!
Chispas Farm is a 4 acre farm located in Albuquerque’s South Valley on occupied Tiwa land. Founded in 2001, Chispas has grown and evolved much over the last two decades. Casey Holland is the current Head Farmer and has been running Chispas since 2017. Chispas grows over 120 varieties of heirloom vegetables and fruits, has laying hens for eggs, and also keeps sheep, goats, and ducks. Learn about how they are transitioning the farm to no-till agricultural practices and strive for a regenerative and sustainable closed loop cycle on the tour. They save a variety of seeds, have perennial pasture for their livestock to graze and be happy. Their primary method of pest management is adequate crop rotation and planting lots of flowers for beneficial insects, and soil health is their number one priority.
After the tour stick around for music and community! Bring a blanket or chairs and get comfy. If you're feeling hungry grab some food at the food truck (to be announced soon) and enjoy live music (also soon to be announced!).