The Gulch Farm

Food tastes better when it only has to travel a few feet from the farm to your plate. Our organic farm at the Gulch Base Camp has become one of the most popular and pleasant places for Trekkers to spend their days. While at Base Camp, interested Trekkers can work with our resident Farmer to plant new crops, harvest ripe ones, and use that fresh produce to make dinner for your peers. This is an opportunity for you to learn how to grow food, take care of chickens, and harvest some edible native plants. Farming at the Gulch combines countless lessons in natural science, cultural history, and food economics, resulting in the production of something tangible and powerful, healthy and tasty.

 

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A Connection to the Land

How should we treat our land? Untouched wilderness or hiking trails? Campfire circle or open meadow? Native grassland or organic farm? Obviously there are no simple answers, nor should there be. Growing food at the Gulch is a chance to ask ourselves some of those basic human questions: we need to eat, so… how? We strive to create farming space that is in concert with the surrounding landscape, select crops that are well-adapted to the high desert, and continually ask each other how to plant while still respecting the natural world. Native Americans have grown food here for centuries, and they have much to teach us about the land in New Mexico; the Gulch gives you a chance to learn those techniques. You may return home with more questions than answers, but that’s precisely how it should be. And your stomach will surely be satisfied.

 

Some of our Favorite Crops:

  • The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, and Squash
  • Greens of every kind: lettuce, kale, collards, chard…
  • Native Currant Berries
  • “Shiraz Tall” Beets
  • “French Breakfast” Radish
  • “Harold Hoven’s” Carrots
  • “Hopie Red Dye” Amaranth
  • Lemon Basil
  • Fresh Eggs from our Chickens
  • “Tigerella” Tomatoes
  • “Zuni” Tomatillos
  • “Kumquat” Sunflowers

 

 

Our Farmer

Each year we hire a resident farmer who has two basic assignments: grow food and teach trekkers how to do the same. Their task is not as simple as it sounds. The challenges of growing food at the Gulch are great: precipitation is unpredictable, late spring frosts are common, and the New Mexico sun can be unyielding. Nonetheless, our farmers have provide a hefty amount of produce for our kitchen, and trekkers have learned how to tackle the challenges inherent in a New Mexico farm. Like everyone else at Base Camp, the farmer is intimately involved in everything we do, from meals in the mess hall to teaching a new trekker how to strum the guitar. The farmer will also join groups on the road to visit local farms and ranches, giving trekkers a deep understanding of what it’s like to grow food in the Southwest.