Cultivating Connections

This summer, the New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association invites you to enjoy stories of food, farms, and families from across the Land of Enchantment. Here you will find new stories that we'll be sharing every Wednesday. Be sure to check back each week and subscribe to our YouTube channel below.

Episode 1: Full Circle Mushrooms

We are thrilled to present the first episode in our Cultivating Connections series highlighting local food, farms, and families. Episode 1 shines a spotlight on Full Circle Mushrooms, a fantastic fungi farm nestled in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Meet Ximena Zamacona, the brains behind Full Circle Mushrooms, as she dishes on the magic of buying local and giving back to your community.

Episode 2: Polk's Folly Farm

In this episode of "Cultivating Connections," we invite you to take a tour of Polk's Folly Farm in San Antonito, New Mexico, where they raise heritage breed pigs, chickens, and occasionally other livestock sustainably. Farmer Zach Withers shows how they feed food waste to the pigs that would otherwise go to the landfill, turning it into nutrient-rich pork products. They sell their products at local farmers' markets, helping to build community around local food. The farm hopes to one day process its own grains into whiskey as another value-added product.

Episode 3: Mendez Produce

See how the Mendez family runs their small organic vegetable farm in El Guique, NM. Watch as they harvest a variety of crops by hand, including carrots, beets, lettuce and more. Learn about their organic practices with no chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides. Hear testimonials from happy customers who praise Mendez Produce for their fresh, clean produce and friendly service at the Albuquerque Farmers Market. Get a glimpse into the daily life of a family-run organic farm and their dedication to local, sustainable agriculture.