For the right person or family, this is an amazing opportunity to own land in exchange for sweat equity while being on the front lines of the food revolution. Or just come out, bring your portable infrastructure, and do your thing for a season or two. It definitely won’t be for most, but if regenerative agriculture is your passion, you’re hardy and independent, you have a proven ability to pick something up and run with it, and you want to live on a beautiful piece of land in the heart of New Mexico, please read on…
I just bought 141 acres of grazing land in central NM, and will be turning it into a working permaculture farm, holistically managed ranch, and education center. Right now I am looking for a person or several to share the land with and help watch over livestock when I’m not there, as I still have to work my day job for the next year or two while I put in infrastructure and get some things established.
I am looking for another regenerative agriculture nut or three to live out there with me, and help develop the site and various agricultural enterprises off the land. In exchange you will have the opportunity to either run whatever agricultural business off the land you’d like, and/or have the opportunity to own part of the property outright in exchange for sweat equity if we become long term collaborators. I am NOT looking for a WWOOFer, intern, or employee. I don’t want to babysit. I’m looking for collaborators. People who can see opportunity, decide on a course of action, and pull themselves up by their boot straps to make things happen.
My Permaculture experience lies mostly in broad acre applications, and I will be planning and overseeing the overall development of the property. However, I believe deeply in also having a much smaller homestead Permaculture demonstration site of half an acre to two acres, because small plots are what most people have access to and it’s important for people to see just how much is still possible at a small scale.
For the right person or family able to pick up this vision and run with it, while folding it into the overall design and mission of the farm, I would love to deed that part of the property to you as sweat equity. In fact, I can only deed a minimum of 30 acres to someone due to legal restrictions against subdivisions, so in exchange for developing the homestead demonstration site, you can keep the site, and the surrounding 30 acres as well. Obviously we’d come up with an agreement giving us both protection and gradual ownership over time, and have a contract drawn up etc, but the point is I’m generous, flexible, and want to make it attractive and easy to work with the right high-quality people. I know land access can be difficult, and I kind of stumbled on being able to get this property, so I want to pay it forward where possible.
- 141 acres
- 1.5 actual hours from both Santa Fe and ABQ
- high desert juniper/pinon savannah biome
- approx. 4800 ft. elevation
- zone 6
- 15 inches annual rainfall
- HUGE catchment from surrounding properties
Challenges: brittle, windy, remote, fairly common late frosts, completely raw and undeveloped with no infrastructure
Resources: HUGE catchment, pond with tons of rich muck to quickly build gardens, community well access, good grazing land with lots and lots of grama grass, 1.5 actual hours from both Santa Fe and Albuquerque, extremely beautiful, peaceful, quiet, secluded, cannot ever have subdivision, casino, CAFO, or other large commercial operation in area due to land owner restrictions, only 6 miles from interstate
Potential crops: livestock, pinon, lavender and other medicinal herbs, goji berries, honey, education, agri-tourism, and I’m sure a dozen more I haven’t thought of.
Unfortunately there is no housing on the land at this time. I am converting a box truck into a tiny house and putting it on the property. Ideally you have a RV, yurt, or some other ready made housing, or don’t mind camping while I help you build a housing of some sort. I have a set of battery operated power tools and a portable solar power charging station, and will be buying a truck and larger solar station soon. In addition, my roommate is a contractor who is closing his business and moving overseas to do humanitarian work, and is giving me a bunch of his tools and leftover building materials. So while I don’t have much money, with tools, free and cheap materials from Craigslist, and a truck which I’ll be buying soon, we can do a lot of amazing stuff. Another goal is to have several small houses around the property to serve as collaborator housing and retreats for artists and nomads. So if you like to build and want to play around with adobe, earth ships, conversions, underground structures, and whatever other fun things we come up, this could be for you.
If something like this is what you’ve been looking for, please write, tell me a little about you and any agricultural experience you have, and include contact info and a good time to get hold of you. I know this is unconventional and am a bit nervous about opening up this opportunity, but if you’re interested, let’s talk and see what’s what. If you would prefer to send an email to E.J., please write to [email protected]
Thanks for reading and enjoy life!