The turnout ditch to our property, channeling
water from the acequia to our fields, was dug
out and restored.
Our property’s turnout ditch from the acequia
brings water to our fields.
A few of our awesome parishioners are ready
to serve lunch after a morning of work. Meat
from the first of our free-range kid goats was
served, offering all present tacos de chivito.
What a treat!
On October 12, 2016, the Feast of
Saint King Edwin of Northumbria,
our parish opened the floodgates of its
adjacent acequia channel to irrigate the
first of our newly restored fields.
Acequia means “she who brings water.”
This method of irrigation was brought to
the Americas by the Spaniards who
adopted it from the Moors. From at least
the time of the Atrisco Land Grant of
1692 these canals have been
transporting water to farmers
throughout the region. A representative
of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy
District was present to open the channel,
allowing the water to flood our field.
This restoration and continued care for
our land has unified our parish
community and revealed talents and
passions held deep within the hearts of
In the spring of 2018, one of New Mexico’s
premier ranchers, Mike Mechenbier, began
chiseling, plowing, and laser-leveling our
three fields. Water now flows through them
as smoothly as over the kitchen table. Below
our first, northwest field was planted with
brutus fescue grass. It quickly took root and
our animals now enjoy the permanent
The fescue grass on our second, southeast field
is maturing nicely.
Freddie and Isabel take a moment for a picture.
Above our third, northeast field is being
readied for alfalfa. With parishioners from
towns like Abiquiu, Mora, and Torreon having
settled in the South Valley, the collective
knowledge and skill base is substantial.
Everybody pitches in what they know. This
field doubles as parking for our Fall Festival,
which occurs after the final cut of alfalfa for
Here the same field, having been seeded with
alfalfa in April of 2019, has shown some
development two months later.
On September 7, 2019 the alfalfa was cut for
the first time.
On September 13, 2019 the newly cut alfalfa
was packaged, yeilding sixty-seven bales. What
a blessed day!
Northeast Field Restoration
Two Fields for Grass-fed
NORTHEAST FIELD HARVEST:
2019: Sep. 13, 67 bales. Oct. 15, 22 bales.
2020: May 24, 55 bales. July 2, 60 bales. Aug. 10,
73 bales. Oct. 5, 64 bales. Total: 252.
2021: June 6, 130 bales. July 17, 148 bales, Oct 105.
2022: May, 75 bales, July 145 bales.
2023: June, 113 bales, August 87 bales…