Frankie’s Well, Part II: Sembrando

Saturday morning I sold lush beets, bok choy, arugula, carrots and other organic* veggies at the AgriCultura stand at the Downtown Growers’ Market. I joined Valle Encantado’s farming team, Frankie and Joseph, who not only sell the produce, but are out on one of our four growth sites nearly every morning by 5:30, repairing drip lines, planting more than a thousand tomato plants in our greenhouse on Foothill Road, harvesting salad greens for La Montanita Co-op or one of six farmers’ markets where the network sells its produce.

They do much more, and their work is important, not only for those of us who want to eat well. It’s important for our community.

Don’t take my word for it. Meet Frankie. Hear his story. Help him fulfill his dream: to farm in Atrisco, the neighborhood where he was born and raised.

Tomorrow, Frankie and Valle Encantado officially launch our campaign to raise $7,500 to dig a well, install a pump, and build a fence around our newest farming site on Five Points Road. The land was donated by the Center for Action and Contemplation, a nonprofit organization in Atrisco that equips people to work for peaceful change throughout the world. As Steven Picha, former Executive Director of the CAC says, “It’s like this land was just waiting.”

Read a special Wednesday edition of “Vessel” for information on how to donate AND special rewards for giving (Did someone say Valle Encantado gourmet pickles? Yum!). Then, check out Valle Encantado’s Facebook page and blog to track our progress and find out what’s coming up from the ground to a farmers’ market near you.

*Please note that, for the purposes of this blog, organic means pesticide-free. Valle Encantado and AgriCultura are in the process of obtaining organic certification.

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