Veteran Farmer Project Update

Great Growing, Delicious Food

By Robin Seydel

The members of the Veteran Farmer Project have been busy weeding, harvesting, weeding, selling at the VA growers’ market, weeding, selling at the Railyard market, weeding—get the picture? While all the rain has been wonderful and our tomatoes bountiful, so have our weeds. But we have a dedicated core crew, Gretchen, Buck, Jeff, Darren, and Veronica, and some new folks coming on board—welcome Christie and Virginia. Sadly, we lost Ben and Cat and their three children to Oklahoma, but they had a wonderful garden experience that we hope they will put to good use there.

Donation Thanks: Trees From ABCWUA

A big thanks to Katherine Yuhas of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority for her donation of 10 trees to the Veteran Farmer Project. Katherine heads the water conservation division and put together a series of SMART USE Water Conservation classes. Everyone who attends the class gets a free tree to plant in their yard compliments of the ABCWUA and Plant World. Katherine had some extra trees and most kindly donated them to the VFP. The SMART USE Water Conservation classes are still happening and we encourage everyone to take this excellent class and get their free tree (fall is the perfect time for tree planting!). For more information and the complete schedule of classes, go to www.abcwua.org and register for the September classes.

We hope to be planting the trees in our new space in the next few months. We have known for a year or so that the project would have to move from our current location on Silver and Second due to development pressures, an experience common for today’s urban and next generation farmer. We are in the process of looking for a new location and hope to be able to announce our new location soon.

More Thanks

And while we are saying thanks—another huge thanks goes to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture for their generous grant that will help us move the farm and get started in our new location.

In the mean time, look for Veteran Farmer Project produce stands at the VA Growers’ Market every Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm. And join us at the gardens downtown on Tuesday and Thursdays from 8am-10am for gardening fun, education and camaraderie.

For more information, contact Robin at 217-2027 or robins@lamontanita.coop.