ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Just off Central and Wyoming on Vermont NE, you just might hear farm sounds: clucking and cock-a-doodling. You’ll definitely find freshly laid eggs and honey for sale, and seedlings and ollas to take home for your garden.
It all happens in a renovated former drug/prostitution house in the city’s La Mesa/Trumbull neighborhood, a part of town once known mostly for its seemingly unstoppable crime rate.
That is exactly why John Bulten, director of East Central Ministries, and his wife, Lynn, chose the former children’s nursery-turned-drug house to start Growing Awareness Urban Farm. It’s surrounded by abandoned cars and you don’t have to look far to see barbed wire or boarded windows. Volunteers say the urban farm and its sister projects are like a ray of sunshine in an otherwise concrete-filled part of town.
And, you may not have known that some of those tomato plants and herbs you’ve purchased this year or in the past couple of years from local nurseries may have their roots in a part of Albuquerque formerly known as the War Zone.