Farming in the Southwest is truly an adventure. Rains are unpredictable and rare here, giving New Mexico many long days of sunshine. From the earliest Native American settlements, much of the Rio Grande valley to this day remains crisscrossed with ancient yet active irrigation ditches, called acequias. These elegant hand-dug systems bring water from the snow-capped mountains to thirsty, fertile lands below. Get a real flavor of what it is to live close to the land in a place that has sustained agricultural traditions for hundreds of years.
Join our expert guide for a tour of small farms that are pursuing their sustainable practices on fragile desert lands. Explore a deeper connection to regional culture by learning about native foods. See old and new ways of farming in this multi-cultural setting. You'll want to take home a sampling of locally-grown foods from these exquisitely gorgeous and special places.
Some farms we can take you to in New Mexico are off the beaten track and others closer to the urban energy of cities. Both urban and rural locations boast rich cultural sites, exciting Western history and prehistory, pastoral scenic beauty and a thriving local food scene.
Customize your farm journey, based on your interests and the season of your visit. In the cool of the day, start your morning at one of a selection of beautiful rural locations. Your guide will give you a sense of the context of each farm and of the historic agricultural practices you can still see in action today. More farm visits or different creative experiences can be enjoyed throughout the day. Guests are encouraged to ask questions about the heritage of the region and how New Mexico's farmers are protecting the lands they cultivate.
Seven Directions works directly with local food and cultural experts, farmers, and sustainability leaders to give visitors a rich experience. This collaboration supports the local economy, ensuring that the culture that has protected and lived in these landscapes will continue.
Sightseeing is included when a tour travels near beautiful or iconic sites. Stops along the way offer a glimpse into the amazing scenery that has given the state its reputation as the land of enchantment.
For more ideas of tours click Cultural & Sightseeing Tours or Adventures with an Expert. You can also be inspired by other tour ideas by clicking Southwest Tours, New Mexico Tours or Santa Fe Creative Journeys. SEVEN DIRECTIONS will customize the itinerary for you.