If you liked El Rancho De Las Golondrinas, Part 1, Culture you'll love Part 2, Agriculture:
What's not to love about activities that yield such wonders as these?:
To back up - we headed down into the valley after we left the cultural dwellings:
Telltale signs of damn hard work:
The river valleys here are mainly cottonwood and willow and provide respite for people as well as wildlife:
An acequia (irrigation canal)- must be something growing around here:
More telltale signs (a plow) of working with the earth to grow food:
Here we are - harvested corn and chile (left) fields:
Gotta have orchards or you can't have apple pie:
Before mass-transit, farming communities had everything they needed, even a grain mill:
An ingenious person came up with this:
Water turns the big wheel which ultimately turns a large stone that grinds grain into flour:
Excess water is diverted into a pond - which is very handy in an arid climate:
Another sort of mill - a sorghum press. It's like an apple press except you get sorghum syrup (a sweetener) instead of apple cider:
Or you can just eat 'em like pixie sticks!:
The local staple: beans...
...to be cooked for sustenance and enjoyment:
Goats and fiber arts were huge at this time in Northern New Mexico (and still are to some extent even today):
The fiber is combined with dyes and such...
...into colorful to-be-yarn for cloths, rugs, etc.
A weaving loom:
A spinning wheel:
This nicely illustrates the importance of riparian (stream-associated) areas to both agriculture and wildlife (relative to the pinyon-juniper upland in the background, the riparian area has much more moisture, fertility and tree canopy complexity). Not that pinyon-juniper woodlands are not equally important in other contexts - because they are:
I bet these guys are dreaming of simpler times...
...when agriculture was culture and gratefulness for food, fiber and folks was foremost:
What goes around comes around, we are predicting....