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We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated partners where everyone succeeds.

Once part of the historic Galisteo Inn, this property has perfectly flat land that was once flood irrigated for alfalfa, and later used as pasture for llamas.

Having lay fallow for over 10 years these flat fields of sandy loam have abundant water rights and the owners intend to return the land to green, beneficial use.

We can envision any number of scenarios, from a single individual holding a master lease and sub-leasing, to a single individual farming the entire 4 + acres by paying a very reasonable dollar amount for the lease, or perhaps even a grower who “sharecrops” a portion of the land by growing lavender.

We are open to various arrangements to bring benefit from this land to farmers/growers.

With the right partner(s) we could see this as an ongoing relationship with no specific end period. Our responsibility is to provide the land, the water and 2 to 3 bays in our barn. Your responsibility will be to bring the energy and desire to grow.

 

How It Will Work

With the right partner(s) we see ongoing relationships with no specific end period. Our responsibility is to provide the land, the water and 2 to 3 bays in our barn. Your responsibility will be to bring the energy and desire to grow.

While we are open to all interested parties, we do have some suggested parameters:

1.) No flood irrigation, only drip
2.) We will consider only financially secure farmer/growers with a verifiable track record growing crops.
3.) Activity will only be allowed during daylight hours with occasional exceptions such as harvest.
4.) No on site residences ( no live-in trailers)
5.) Owner approval of crops to be grown (see Scott’s suggested plant list below).
6.) We will allow a limited number of hoop houses (to be negotiated).
7.) The possibility of visitor retail (i.e. “cut-your-own” flowers or ”pick-your-own” vegetables).
8. ) Tenant to maintain all necessary insurance.

Scott’s Suggested Plant List

1.) Sunflowers or other cut flowers
2.) Tomatoes or other “Farmer’s Market” crops
3.) Lavender 
4.) Microgreens in winter if we develop shelter 
5.) Chiles
6.) Locally-adapted nursery plants

 

The Right Partners

We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated partners with the energy and desire to GROW!

We are open to various arrangements to bring benefit from this land to farmers/growers.

With the right partner(s) we could see this as an ongoing relationship with no specific end period. Our responsibility is to provide the land, the water and 2 to 3 bays in our barn.  Your responsibility will be to bring the energy and desire to grow.

 

 

Who We Are

In 2013 we bought the historic Galisteo Inn.

Jeff Ruzich grew up in Chicago, and attended graduate school in Philadelphia where he began his medical career. After being stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque he returned to New York City always knowing that New Mexico was in his future.

Scott Canning has been the Director of Horticulture and Special Projects at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden for four years. Before that, he ran the gardens at Wave Hill in the Riverdale section of the Bronx for 13 years. He considers the Brooklyn Botanic Garden his alma mater. Scott loves vegetable gardening, especially growing heirloom tomatoes