April 15, 2011, field trip to Sanchez Farm, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Many thanks to our field trip docents and their organizations:

  • Colleen Langan McGregor, Bernalillo County Open Space
  • Matt Martinez, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District
  • Mike Matush (NM Environment Department), representing Ciudad Soil & Water Conservation District
  • La Plazita Institute
  • Carissa Nichols, Bernalillo County Master Naturalist and Sanchez Farm volunteer

Bernalillo County acquired Sanchez Farm (14 acre tract of land) in 1997 as part of a drainage retention basin for storm water run-off from Isleta Blvd. County Parks and Recreation and community members were interested in developing the site as a wetland habitat, working agricultural area, and South Valley heritage interpretive center. Today, La Plazita Gardens is the leading community organization who has see this vision into a reality by engaging youth and other local members of the South Valley to practice innovative farming techniques.