Field Diaries - Shawn (August 28, 2017)

The Southwest Seed Partnership has provided me so many opportunities already to meet people from all across New Mexico and see the amazing things they're doing to improve the natural world. In the process, I've seen some truly beautiful corners of the Land of Enchantment. And to think, I've only been doing this for 4 months! There's so much more to see and learn. In the last two weeks, I've visited nurseries at the Pueblo of Tesuque and the Rio Grande Community Farm in Albuquerque. At Tesuque, it was a treat to learn from the formidable force that is Emigdio Ballon and see all the work that he's put into providing fresh food and traditional medicinal herbs to the people of the Tesuque Pueblo. Sean Ludden graciously made time in his busy schedule to show us the wonderfully diverse organic farm he oversees at the Rio Grande Community Farm. While we were there, he even offered a small plot for us to start demonstration projects for seed production fields under organic settings. The positive energy provided by these people is heartening, and encourages us that we're ready to take the Southwest Seed Partnership to the next phase, building upon the fruits of our nation-leading seed collection crews' efforts these past two years. I really appreciate everyone who has helped us get to this point, and can't wait to help write the next chapter.