Big Jim Farms focuses on organic growing practices to produce GMO-free, chemical-free, nutritious fruits and vegetables. In addition to growing corn, melons, tomatoes, bell peppers, pecans, plums, apples, and pumpkins, Big Jim Farms specializes in farming green chiles.
Jim Wagner is a third-generation farmer, born and raised in Corrales, New Mexico.
In fact, the family has been growing heritage green chiles for over 100 years. It’s therefore no surprise that the Wagners have a passion for providing public education about where their food comes from, and the importance of New Mexican food traditions. To this end, Big Jim Farms hosts school field trips and interactive U-pick days with educational themes.
Another passion for the Wagners is raising awareness about saving leased farmland that is being lost to development. Many farmers are not able to purchase the acres of land needed to run a farm, and frequently leased land is sold off by the owners to host housing development projects. The Wagners want people to be aware that growing food is a more important use for prime farmland than housing, which can be built in areas not suitable for farming. Farmland also frequently plays host to a variety of animals, such as owls, roadrunners, Sandhill cranes and more.
In addition to farming, the Wagner family is involved with other projects to supplement the farm, including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, apple orchard, hayrides, and a petting zoo. Roxanne Wagner is also part of another family project called Farmers’s Daughters, a farm-to-table operation partnering with restaurants, breweries, and food trucks that serve fresh ingredients from local farms.
*Story courtesy of http://farmersmarketsnm.org/big-jim-farms/
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