Posted Fri, 02/24/2012 - 1:17pm by News
MVM Farm is 2.5 acre farm located in the Mesilla Valley with a variety of freshly harvested, delicious, chemical-free, and organically grown vegetables. We host a variety of workshops for the community, support local restaurants, the Mountain View Market Co-op, and are practitioners of innovative farming techniques. Read about some of our latest activities below. We're always looking for volunteers. Contact Nicole Fuchs at ocleyf (at) gmail.com to learn more about the farm!
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“I love to plant!” screamed Bo Quick, age 6.
Bo and his sister Moya joined dozens of other children at MVM Farm this past Saturday to enjoy everything from the simple joys of running after terrified chickens to picking them up in a “relaxed and calm way,” as Lori Garton instructed them to.
At the Farm Fun for Kids Workshop, kids were introduced to the art of farming, learning how to do everything from making “lasagna style compost” to feeding the pigs and cleaning out the chicken coops. Leo Lamb even found a freshly hatched egg!
The kids had a great time along the way, skipping down rows of produce, climbing into the pigpen, chasing chickens, and tracking down bugs during the scavenger hunt. “I still need to find a bug!” Bo excitedly exclaimed. He eventually found a ladybug, hidden beneath some arugula. “I need a pecan!” Bo added. He found that, too.
During the planned activities, the kids proved to be strong workers with a desire to learn. While making compost, the kids shoveled dirt and gathered leaves with herculean strength, causing Nicole Fuchs to pause and ask, “You must eat lots of co-op food to be that strong; what do you kids do?” One little fellow responded, “I do my exercises!”
The kids also toured the aquaponics greenhouses, squinting at the tiny fish swimming in the tanks. Some of the kids looked a little confused by the idea of aquaponics, but the learning process broadened their horizons. The kids immediately understood the value of feeding the pigs, however!
Feeding pigs was one of the highlights during the day. The kids chucked carrots, cabbage, and other delicious food into the pigpen. They learned that pigs especially enjoy drinking organic milk, but don't like potatoes.
After the day's activities, the kids were slow to leave the farm. That's when we knew we had a hit. The last time we saw Bo, he was climbing over the pig pen, cowboy boots stuck between the fencing, as he reached out to touch Ferdie and Ofelia one last time.
We love having kids at the farm. And we think it is safe to say, Bo and the dozens of other children there, love the farm, too.
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More About the MVM Farm
What is growing?
We grow dozens and dozens of varieties of heirloom and specialty vegetables. You will find everything from Amaranth Greens to Zucchini in the fields!
In addition to crops, we also have laying hens that provide us with fresh, beautiful eggs. They live in a movable coop that is rotated around the field, allowing them to scratch up bugs and Bermuda grass while fertilizing the ground beneath their feet. We also feed them vegetables scraps from the store and the field.
Is it organic?
The farm is not certified organic, but all growing practices have followed organic standards since day one. Some of our practices include crop rotation, on-site composting (including vermiculture), conservative water use through a drip irrigation system, and zero chemical input.
Where can I buy the produce?
What does the farm mean for the Las Cruces community?
First of all, we are helping to preserve our rich agricultural heritage of the valley. We are also helping to create more food security in our area, by ensuring the continuation of local food production. Through our tours and educational programs at the farm, we will contribute to increased awareness around local food production, as well as encouraging others to grow their own food. Plus, we are offering community members some of the freshest, healthiest, tastiest food in town!
I want to help!
Want to get involved? We offer twice weekly volunteer days. No experience necessary! Volunteer days are a great way to meet other community members and learn about desert gardening and food systems. For more information about volunteering at the farm, please contact us at email@example.com or 575.523.0436.
MVM Farm Mesilla, NM