Learn about state’s agricultural history at Farm & Ranch Museum

thumb7The only state-operated museum in Las Cruces is dedicated to New Mexico’s farming and ranching history. The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum offers indoor exhibits, livestock outdoors, and a variety of
lectures and activities.

June 12, 7 p.m.: Culture Series: New Mexico’s Foods and Farms, Today and Yesterday

Author Timothy McKimmie’s presentation combines New Mexico’s agricultural history with the production of foods, feeds, and fibers today. Evidence of the history and culture of the first farmers surrounds us. By 1600, Spanish colonists brought their own foods, including livestock. Today, New Mexico’s diverse array of local foods includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, livestock, and more. Though recent droughts are proving challenging, our farms continue
to provide us with fresh foods and unique culture. Admission is a suggested donation of $2.

June 26, 6 – 8 p.m.: Exhibit Opening: Cowboys: The Real Deal

New Mexico and the Southwest are home to an enduring cowboy tradition. For almost three centuries, beginning with the Spanish arrival in the region, those who could ride and rope were in demand as cowpunchers and drovers on cattle ranges and trails. This exhibit in the Traditions and Legacy Galleries brings into focus the life of the cowboy, featuring photographs, stories and objects, including a chuck wagon. The opening reception is free to the public.

Summer Camps for Kids: The museum’s Summer Camps for Kids begin in June and offer a wide variety of fun, hands-on learning opportunities for children five and older. June camps feature “Fun with Fiber” June 3 – 5 for ages 8 to 12; “Cooking Creations” June 10 – 12 for ages 5 to 7; “Museums 101” June 17 – 19 for ages 9 to 15; and “Farming and
Gardening 101” June 24 – 26 for ages 9 to 14. Pre-registration is required. More camps are scheduled through July.

The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at nmfarmandranchmuseum.org or call 522-4100.