Join rural northern New Mexico farmers in Pecos, NM in a centuries-old tradition of repairing and cleaning their community acequia as they prepare for spring planting.
Used in New Mexico for over 400 years, acequias are historically engineered canals and ditches that carry water by gravity from snow melt and rivers to valley fields to irrigate crops.
The farming community of Pecos, NM depends on healthy forests to guard against erosion and flooding and to protect the quality of the water of the Pecos River. The headwaters and watershed of the Pecos River originate in and near the high country of the Pecos Wilderness; indeed the livelihood and quality of life of the entire community is inextricably linked to the health and proper stewardship and management of the national forest.
By volunteering your time to assist the parcientes – acequia members, you will be sharing a unique cultural experience, participating in building community and observing the importance of the Santa Fe National Forest and the Pecos Wilderness.
On March 17, 2018 New Mexico Wild will do the 2nd Annual Acequia Cleaning Project in Pecos with the West Pecos Acequia Association. Come join our service project for a day of work and a lesson in acequia history. Contact New Mexico Wild Traditional Community Organizer John Olivas at 505-379-5551 for additional detail or to sign up for the project.
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