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Winter weather doesn't keep the farmer from tending the land.

Rio Grande Heritage Farm

Posted December 5, 2013. Photo courtesy of Jon Stewart/ABQ BioPark.

Snow blankets Albuquerque today, and while most seek refuge from the cold, the Botanic Garden’s farmers brave the weather to prepare for next year’s crops. The Rio Grande Heritage Farm, a re-creation of a 1930s era farmstead, is a year-round working farm.

This month, the animal care team is adding soil to pens to make the ground softer for sheep and other residents. The barn is also open, so animals can get out of the weather and keep warm. Meanwhile, horticulturists are improving the crop field and kitchen garden soil with manure from animal stalls. In a month, they will prune orchard trees.

Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy quilting, rug-hooking and other hands-on demonstrations. In this cold weather, Botanic Garden guests can warm up next to the old-fashioned Christmas tree and poinsettias that decorate the farmhouse.

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