About Us

We raise goats and chickens, sell eggs, herbal products, some vegetables and other sundries, as well as offer herbal consultations and organize educational workshops… all part of our effort to foster sustainable relationships with the earth. We are excited about our chance to design new herb gardens in this beautiful sunny state.

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7 Responses to About Us

  1. Tamara Trejo says:

    Hi Jen and Tree, this is a great website and I’m so glad I found it.

    My boyfriend and I are planning to move to Albuquerque in August and I had decided to homestead once there. He is going to work with the Acoma Pueblo clinic and I want to try growing food. We want to move to the South Valley because it is very close to I40 and because it is a farm friendly area. It also appears to be the cheapest place in the city.

    I would love to be in touch with you. Do you have tips on finding a place? We hope to rent while searching for the right place in S.V.. Do you have any suggestions for us?

    Best of luck,
    tamara

    ps: we are moving from Boston.

  2. H Tamara,

    We rented for 6 months in the South Valley before purchasing our home. We found our rental through Craigslist. A lot of the South Valley rentals though are not advertised. Most people down here seem to put a sign in their yard. So, if you plan on visiting beforehand, you may want to spend some time driving around.

    Here is a link to the SWMLS. http://abqrealtors.rapmls.com/ If you search on area code 87105 you will get a listing of homes available in the SV. If you are looking for some land to go along with your home, you may want to fill in the acreage search parameter. There are tons of houses on 1/3 acre or less. Less on .5 acres and above.

    This is just to get you started. Jen will be posting more info here for you to consider soon.

    Take care. -Tree

  3. Tamara Trejo says:

    Hi Tree,

    Thank you so much for the note. I’ll check the contact and see what is available.

    I want to say that I’m very glad you both are there, and I’m looking forward to Jen’s postings.

    Thanks again,
    Tamara

  4. Hi Tamara,

    Here are a few fun facts and comments to add to Tree’s.

    -I highly recommend renting first if possible, even if you’re renting in a different part of town. Craigslist is a good resource for rentals and homes for sale (although the list of homes can be tough to wade through). The desirability of South Valley neighborhoods can vary drastically street by street. Also, many homes with a “SW” at the end of their address may be in the newer developments on the SW mesa. I don’t recommend those.
    -If you’re not already tuned in to Duke City Fix, check it out. There are a lot of discussions about where to live in ABQ.
    -Note, the South Valley is outside of the the City of Albuquerque. We are in an unincorporated part of Bernalillo County.
    -The South Valley is not necessarily close to I-40, but it depends on where you live in the South Valley. We are in the Far South Valley, Los Padillas neighborhood, which is about as far south as you can go without running into Isleta Pueblo. It is mostly 1 acre minimum density with many larger parcels here so it’s much more rural than the “near” South Valley which has MUCH higher density housing, and less land available for farming. But we have friends who live in the Near South Valley who like to bike to work and so the location works for them. We like to be more rural. We have easy access to I-25 so it’s quick to get to I-40 or into “town.”
    -Water is a huge issue here -which I’m sure you’re aware, so a house with an irrigation well as well as access to the irrigation ditches (acequias) is a big plus.
    -Farmland development is just as much of an issue here as everywhere else in the country. Land prices are astronomical/ridiculous, and meant for development.
    -Also look at Realtor.com and put in the 87105 zip code. I’m not sure how much land you’re looking for, but if you’re only looking for a third to a half acre for urban homesteading, there is a lot to choose from.
    -I like the South Valley, but there is also the North Valley. Typically much more expensive, but you can find some deals. The “near” north valley is closer to I-40.
    -You can keep chickens anywhere in ABQ.
    -Get ready to wade through a LOT of crappy houses. There’s a lot of DIY stuff happening here in the South Valley. I call them South Valley specials. One example is a house we were interested in boasted a new heating system. Our inspector crawled up into the attic and found the central heating unit thrown on its side, plugged into the wall with an extension cord *plugged into an adapter*. Holy moly! Be sure to have a good inspector! I’m happy to refer you to ours once you’re in town.
    -Drive drive drive up and down every street in the neighborhoods once you get here. It’s the only way to know where you’d want to live. Once you find a neighborhood you like, be on the lookout for the for sale by owners.

    Ok, that’s all I can think of right now. Feel free to ask more questions, and be sure to check out Duke City Fix. It’s really a wealth of information about life here in ABQ.

    Good luck with your move. It’s a big job moving cross country -we know!
    Jen

  5. Tamara Trejo says:

    Hi Jen, thank you so much for the information. I’ll work on it.

    I’m looking forward to your workshops when we get there.

    Have a great day,
    Tamara

  6. Jerry R says:

    Hello Jen and Tree,

    I, too, am escaping from New England (Adams, Mass at the moment). I take possession of a rural casita on Goff Blvd in the South Valley on September 1st. About an acre, with 17 fruit trees, existing organic gardens, and “ditch access”. We will turn the exisiting childrens’ playhouse into a chicken coop. Maybe a goat or two. I know nothing. Where is a good place to start?

    Jerry

  7. Hi Jerry,

    Welcome to the South Valley! Congratulations on your move and finding a home with established gardens. I recommend starting with chickens. They’re easy and a lot of fun. I don’t recommend goats on small acreage. It’s doable, but not fair to them. Plus they’re a lot of work and forget about vacations.

    If you’re not too tired from your move cross country, we’re having an open house/farm tour this Saturday from 10am-12pm.

    Also, be sure to check out Duke City Fix. They have groups for urban chickenkeepers, urban farmers and newcomers to Albuquerque.

    Again, welcome, and feel free to email questions.

    Cheers,
    Jen

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