Meet Our Garlic Growers
By Richard Bernard
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Jesse Daves and Sarah Montgomery run a market garden and CSA in Albuquerque, New Mexico called Amyo Farms. Their two children Henry(3yrs) and Emma Jean (1yr) are often seen playing in the fields, looking for strawberries, or "helping" at the market. Sarah's mom, Carole grows flowers for market, and Jesse bother-in -law Andy, and long-time childhood friend Jack are also farmers at Amyo.
Jesse and Sarah love to travel, often collecting seeds along the way to try on their farm. In 2003, they started a seed saving project in Guatemala with over 400 Maya families participating.They raise money for that project through their non-profit The Gardens Edge.
From the beginning of their journey, seeds and their story have inspired these two to explore the rich possibilities of a life tied to agriculture. Seeds offer inspiration and a promise of a bountiful future. They are very excited to be sharing the fruits of their labor with the community.
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Avrum, Kristen, and their kids Ella and Silas Katz grow food with altitude at 8,100 feet in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico: gardens, goats, honeybees, garlic braids, and high mountain produce. Boxcar Farm sits way up in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of Taos County, NM, where we moved in 2006 to get closer to the source of our state’s water – the acequias and springs here carry fresh snowmelt straight off the 12,000 foot peaks in our backyard. Now certified organic, we have 10 acres in production – garlic, potatoes, onions, winter squash, root crops, greens, peas, beans, herbs – which we sell at farmer’s markets, restaurants, grocery stores and to seed companies.
Avrum and Kristen Katz started growing garlic together in the mid-1990s in Northern New Mexico, after becoming fascinated by the dozens of garlic varieties available. Kristen says she fell in love with Avrum when he gave her a big garlic braid the night of their first date. Soon, they got married and began collecting their own varieties – garlics that had naturalized (“gone wild”) in Northern New Mexico , as well as garlics we found from seed s
avers in other parts of the country that were too delicious to resist.
Because of our high-mountain climate, most of our garlics do well in cold and moderate climates – anywhere it freezes in the winter. We grow mostly hardnecks, but the few choice softneck garlics we grow are good for colder regions where softnecks can be hard to grow.