WESTERN FAMILY FARM is a small, diverse market garden located in La Puebla, NM. Our supporters, loved ones and friends make our work possible, and our name is a dedication to you. Our leased land is irrigated by the generous Acequia de Maestas, and bordered by the Rio Santa Cruz. This river bottom land was used as a pasture for many years, and subsequently we have struggled with compaction and low soil fertility in our first years growing here. We continue to build fertility with compost, green manures, living mulches, and minimum tillage. In an effort to restore the land adjoining the cultivated field we have planted New Mexico locust, Alkalai sacaton grass, Sand dropseed grass, Indian rice grass, and Juniper amongst the Wild roses, Cottonwoods, and Goldenrod. Andy Warhol put it best when he said "I think that having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want".
CLARE PRICE (owner operator) has been farming in New Mexico for the last eleven years, six of those at Red Mountain Farm in Abiquiu. She attended Seed School at Native Seed Search, has grown seed for Fedco and Baker Creek, as well as her own project, Ojito Seed. She has served as the Mayordoma for the JP Gonzales Acequia, co manager of the Santa Fe Community Farm, and as an educator in the public schools at Cooking with Kids. She holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CA.