A row of stacked rocks, prickly pear cacti, dispersed poplars, creosote and mesquite trees populate the property at La Union, a humble place, but one where a growing group of ecological designers are building a movement in the El Paso-Las Cruces area. Robert Leal lives on the property. He grows herbs in sunken beds in […]Read More
From the High Desert to the Upper and Lower Valleys, we must make sure the El Paso region is growing with, not on, those environments.
At the outset, the founders of Savage Goods knew they were taking a gamble. They needed capital to open their new bakery and cafe, but their fundraising method came with a risk—a public leap of faith made all the more frightening because a campaign of the sort they had in mind had hardly been tested […]Read More
It might seem an odd conversation piece, but Carlos Marentes keeps a bag of dried Chinese chili in a box behind his desk. Marentes, founder and director of the Border Farm Workers Center, discovered the chili in a place where, he says, it should not belong. “That chili was being sold right here, in El […]Read More
When Mike Gaglio and his team go to the river, their intention reaches beyond simply planting trees. Each hole dug, each cottonwood set in place, each willow planted represents a small step in the direction of a much larger vision, said Gaglio, owner of High Desert Native Plants, an El Paso-based environmental and ecological restoration […]Read More
It’s half past 8 a.m. on a cloudy morning when Carlos Huerta fires up his 15-ton loader and swings it into the yard. Three mounds of manure and organic material stand before him, heaped like giant, stinky haystacks. His tractor’s blade sinks into the first. A rich, sweet odor lifts into the air, and the […]Read More
Shahid Mustafa is the first to admit his farm might not look as orderly as those you see while driving down the highway. At Taylor Hood Farms, you won’t find manicured rows or flood-irrigated fields. Nor will you notice bed after bed of a single crop like alfalfa, commodity cotton or chile peppers. To hear […]Read More
Most days, J.W. Rogers plants earbuds in his ears, fires up a podcast and makes the 30-minute walk to his offices in downtown El Paso. He avoids driving as much as possible, partly because he loathes traffic and enjoys a stroll, but also because he’s trying to “walk the walk.” Car culture, he’s often told […]Read More