Nolina's Heavenly Organics Certified Organic Farm

EVENTS AT THE FARM

 

Fire at the Farm! - Help us rebuild

June 10th, 2016 - A large fire raged through our pristine Bosque paradise. We were let back onto the property this morning and are still assessing the extent of the damage. Thank you so much to everyone for your support. We'll keep everyone updated.

Farm on Fire

Fire at Night

Some pictures of what the farm looks like after the fire. Thank you everyone for your support. We will keep you updated.

Fire devastation

Posing with Firefighters

Charred trees

Tired firefighters

Destroyed building

Scorched field

All that is left of a shed

Ventilated greenhouse

Fire crew cleaning up

Ash covered ground

Nothing but soot

In the face of destruction, chickens will always eat

Destroyed building

After our neighbor ran across his field to save our truck full of garlic and our tractor, he took some pictures of our property burning.

Burn baby burn

Farm on fire

The view from the washing station is a little different now

View out of the washing station

Gofundme is up and active. Please help us rebuild!!! and share with all your organic veggie-loving friends!

Farm at sunrise

Organic farm struggles to recover after fire

Fire struggles

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The weeds have come back. Five weeks ago, what became known as the Escondida Fire rushed through the bosque north of Socorro, leaving 524 acres of blackened earth peppered with scorched stumps of salt cedar and turning stately stands of cottonwoods that had grown there for decades into bony, black fingers clutching at the skies.... Read full article at Albuquerque Journal

Help Rebuild the Farm -

Greens, beer
: Starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 12, Duel Brewing, 606 Central SW, will donate $1 to Nolina’s Heavenly Organics for every pint of beer sold. Fresh produce, soup and salad will also be available.

Donate: Rebuild Nolina’s Heavenly Organics,gofundme

Veggies and garlic: Nolina’s produce is available at La Montañita Co-op, 2400 Rio Grande NW, and Saturdays at Albuquerque Downtown Growers’ Market, Robinson Park, Eighth and Central NW.

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Going Batty for Bats

Our bat houses are at last occupied by a colony of Brown bats!

Brown Bats

Three Times the Fun

It's a year for Triplets! Tika the White Peacock hatches 3 eggs. The dad is Poppi, the blue peacock, so the kids are a combo.

Tika With Babies

And one of our sheep has triplets too.

Sheep Triplets

Everyone Joins in

Community plantings at the farm ~ twice yearly for garlic and onions ~ farm friends gather and plant for a few hours or the entire day. Many hands makes our hearts sing!!!! And makes the heart of the farm joyful!

Planting

Bring GiGi to Life

BUILDING OF THE SEASONAL HIGH TUNNEL ~ fondly renamed GiGi for Giant Greenhouse! These unheated structures allow growing in winter. The plants love it in there. In spring the ends open and the sides roll up.

GiGi Site

Day 1 ~ Yarrow & Ron (Builder-Contractor) and family visit from T or C to layout the base of GiGi. We measure, square and level each post with the help of a device. We know that getting the base square will help with the build, and it does. Here “We are Square” at last! Thanks Yarrow, Ron, Jackson, Abigail Buttercup and Grayson for the gift of your time and knowledge.

Gigi

Days 2 & 3 ~ Hoops are constructed on the ground, then mounted in each set of posts. Purlins run the long way, held with metal screw and brackets, for stability. Thanks to Isaac, who did most of the work!

Gig

Day 4 ~ Baseboards, ribbon boards to attach cover with wiggle wire, and ends.

Gig

GiGi

Day 5 ~ We gather early, very early, to raise the cover. The wind still teases us, but we attach ropes and pull ‘er over quickly and fasten down. Thanks Dori, Kate, Dave, Michael, & Azzizi.

GiGi

Day 6 & on ~ Till in cover crop, add compost to make soil, raised beds, run irrigation to GiGi, plumb in a water valve, lay t-tape. Finally, ready to grow! And grow she does. We plant seeds in September, and by November, Wow!!! Volunteer comments run from “Revolutionary” to “Greenhouse on steroids.”

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GiGi

La Montanita Coop

La Montanita Coop produce buyers visit the farm to see the food they sell growing. We make lunch from the field, eat outside, everyone signs the guestbook and harvests a bag of produce to take home. Yup, the "Guest Book" is a wall outside, everyone gets to write on it, what fun!!

La Montanita CoopGuest Book

Compost Delivered!

The most important component of building rich soil. Yes, we compost everything at the farm too, in straw bale enclosures, in case you were wondering. . . Harvest Dinner Pics Annual Autumn Equinox Harvest Dinner in the Field ! Bounty from the farm is served at long tables outside. People bring wine and bread and desserts. Folks eat and play and pet the animals, and we toast to the trees! Cottonwood seeds sprout in the field and we move them so they can grow into new groves and revitalize the old growth bosque we inhabit.

CompostCompost Barrier

WEEDING PARTY AND DINNER IN THE FIELD

Guests from Ghana and local friends help weed and prepare community dinner. The Ghana folks were happy to help, it reminded them of home.

All prepared dinner with veggies gathered from the field, and we ate at sunset to watch the full moonrise.

 

COMMUNITY ONION PLANTING WEEKEND

Folks come and go on a spring March weekend.

Many hands help plant 10,000 onion bulbs.

Thanks Onion Angels!

THE FIELD TRIP

Cottonwood Valley Charter School kids (7th & 8th graders & 1st grade buddies) along with lots of volunteers and parents and teachers visit the farm to learn about organic farming and food growing.

Students harvested produce from the field, then prepared lunch for all at the outdoor kitchen. A plethora of produce to choose from in September! All 100 of us ate salad, stir fry and stone soup made from veggies grown on the farm.

Kids did pastel drawings of such things as kohlrabi, took a nature walk, told the Stone Soup fable, and all took home some garlic, sunflowers and peacock feathers. Two local artists visited during the event and completed plein air paintings in only 2 hours!

 

COMMUNITY HARVEST DINNER
IN THE FIELD: AUTUMN EQUINOX

Members of the community brought desserts, beverages and bread. Main courses were prepared from farm produce.

Before dinner was served, people meandered through the field, ooohing and ahhhing at starship summer squash, okra flowers, purple beans and pink eggplant.

The table was very long, the meal and camaraderie were very fine, and the sunset was spectacular! Truly an enchanted evening.

2010 NEW MEXICO ORGANIC FARMING CONFERENCE

Nolina’s Heavenly Organics was pleased to present a workshop on Farmer’s Markets which included everything from display to customers to produce to packaging to marketing to pricing. The audience asked lots of questions and had great suggestions! Our fav was to display cooking buddies together, for example tomatoes, garlic and basil.

Then, the farm was very surprised and ever so pleased to be presented with...

THE GOOD EARTH AWARD

Presented each year at the conference by the NM Organic Commodity Commission to a new farmer (we were 6 years old then and know there will always be lots to learn) for good farming practices (see the About page for a description of our all-organic-no-till-raised-bed-drip-system method) and good produce. (see our Crops page for a description of the specialty crops we grow.) Thanks to everyone who contributed and contributes to the success of the farm!!!

SOCORRO HOMESCHOOLERS FARM FIELD TRIP

Parents and students spend a morning at the farm learning about organic farming and how vegetables grow. Parents asked more questions than the kids!

They came with a paper bag and recipe for minestrone soup and harvested veggies.

That evening they would use the ingredients to prepare dinner for their family. A fun assignment.

OTHER VISITORS TO THE FARM

Angelina of La Placita Gardens in Albuquerque comes for tour and recipes to include in her cookbook.


Short video interview with Angelina of La Placita Gardens

Socorro customer brings her 86-year-old mom to visit!

Socorro customer brings her 86-year-old mom to visit!

USDA representative visits farm; USDA is interested in organic farming!

USDA representative visits farm; USDA is interested in organic farming!




Nolina's Heavenly Organics - PO Box 40, Lemitar, NM 87823