Agriculture as Art

For the majority of Abiquiu’s human history, agriculture was a community-wide necessity. In this remote and arid land, without continual crop cultivation, sedentary cultures would not have survived. 

Since the introduction of trains and automobiles, which connected Abiquiu to a global food production industry, local agriculture has became less and less essential. Locals who do continue farming face the challenge of competing in a free market with a global industry, which limits their possible market share and thus the scale of their returns. 

28-year-old Lupita Salazar, since returning from college to cultivate her family’s ancestral land in Cañones, has responded to these challenges by diversifying the economic values of her work. She facilitates youth farming and leadership programs and a local farmer’s market, while selling her produce to local schools’ heathy meals programs. Through these ongoing experiments, she and other local farmers reimagine the ancient art of agriculture for contemporary times.