HomeGrown returns to New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum

homegrownThe New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, a state-operated facility celebrating the history of agriculture in our state, offers a range of indoor and outdoor exhibits. The museum features HomeGrown, a food and gift show, this month.

November 10, 7 p.m.: Culture Series: The Historic Angus V V Ranch in Lincoln County
The Angus V V Ranch cattle once ranged over the lushest pastures of Lincoln County, from Salado Creek in the north to the Ruidoso River in the south, from the slopes of the Sierra Blanca in the west to Glencoe in the east, incorporating close to 300 square miles, including the present-day communities of Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, Alto, Angus, Bonito, Capitan, Glencoe, Nogal, Sierra Vista, Sun Valley, and Villa Madonna.

Dan Jones tells the story of the “V V”, from its founding in 1882 as a small operation by soon-to-be Lincoln County Sheriff John Poe; its expansion by Poe and ex-Sheriff Pat Garrett (who became its first manager); its sale to mysterious Brit Brandon Kirby; its bankrolling by wealthy Scottish liquor merchant James Cree; the difficulty they had in importing purebred Angus bulls from Scotland; conflict between Kirby and Garrett; the resignation of Garrett and hiring of Poe as manager; the ousting of Kirby; the death of Cree; and eventual return of the ranch to American control.

Jones was born in Kentucky, but grew up in and around Española. He graduated from NMSU with a degree in electrical engineering, whence he worked for several institutions in that field, retiring from the University of Texas. While there, he met and married Melba Valdez, whose ancestor Milnor Rudulph was supposedly involved in the Billy the Kid story. Investigating that claim, he got interested in New Mexico history. Admission is free.

November 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and November 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Third-Annual HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market
Food grown in New Mexico is showcased at this third-annual event as dozens of vendors from around the state will sell their products as the gift-giving season approaches. Food items offered for sampling and purchasing include award-winning salsas, pies, cookies, sauces, honey, fresh produce, jerky, candy, cheese, tortillas, wine, and much more.

The museum is partnering with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the state’s growers for this event, which also features crafts, demonstrations, and free samples. Admission is $5 per vehicle and the first 100 vehicles each day receive a free burlap shopping bag.

For more information, call 522-4100.

All classes, workshops and events co-sponsored by the Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. The museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road. For more information, call 522-4100 or go online to nmfarmandranchmuseum.org. The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.