ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The legacy of Gus Wagner, the Corrales chile farmer who died Feb. 15 at the age of 87, can be summed up in three words: family, friends and farming.
With Gus as the quiet, steady patriarch, four generations of Wagners have grown chile, pumpkins, corn, apples and melons on Wagner Farms in Corrales. Gus was a hard worker who was passionate about preserving New Mexico farmland and agricultural traditions, his son Jim said.
“He was so good to people, and everyone was always happy to see him,” Jim said. “He would give them a big smile and share his farming tips. He built relationships in this community, and his love of agriculture had a big impact on all these local farmers in the valley.”