Santiago Maestas has been growing fruits and vegetables on a small plot of land in the South Valley for over 40 years. He's standing by a centuries-old acequia near Isleta Boulevard south of Albuquerque—a modest, earthen ditch carrying slow-moving irrigation water away from the Rio Grande and into fields and gardens.
There is a growing demand for locally grown food in New Mexico, but farmers here are getting older. The average age is 65. However, there are programs that aim to inspire and train up-and-coming young farmers.
10/24 at 11 am: The clock is ticking for Native American farmers and ranchers in the historic Keepseagle claims case. The period to file a claim in the Keepseagle class action settlement is two months away. The Keepseagle case was won by Native Americans, who claimed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture discriminated against them.