Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Harvest Time for Northern New Mexico's Organic Wheat
For awhile it was too wet (snow), too cold and too muddy to harvest the local wheat grown in Sunshine Valley, Northern New Mexico -- a stone's throw away from the Colorado border. However last week there was a break in the weather delivering a glorious Indian summer: the fields dried up nicely and the wheat harvest was set in motion. Though farmed as dry land wheat, the wheat kernels looked healthy and plum.
In the coming weeks I would like to explore the whole scope of the wheat project as an example of a grassroots initiative that brings economic development to one of the poorest counties in the USA. Real briefly, the Northern New Mexico Organic Wheat Project is based on the idea that food security comes from a regionalization of food production and markets. Not just that.... true food security also has to do with bio-diversity, seed saving and perhaps most of all healthy communities.
Anyhow...here are some of the 'pics' for now...
click on picture to enlarge.... enjoy!!