Our Earth Walks group was at the farm of Don Bustos on July 20, 2002. Don’s family had roots here in Santa Cruz that went back almost. 300 years. Don Bustos Bio Both he and his farm was smiling with organic strawberries, melons, lemon cucumbers, corn and much more. We watched with fascination as a flesh colored bulbous headed “child of the earth” insect re-buried itself into the wet folds of mother earth. These harmless and unusual looking critters are relatives of the cricket. Child of the Earth
Don shared his gentle passion for the earth, his gratitude for God’s gifts. We all shared smiles, muddy footsteps, and common concerns about the environment. “It’s hard to explain why I chose this life style,” Don said. “I get a certain pleasure out of doing something that others appreciate and making money at it.. It’s important to acknowledge that there’s more to life than just us.”
To honor the rest of life, Don knew that some of his growing field was for birds, animals and others. “The life cycle is part of a Higher Power that is always there,” Don said. Undoubtedly Don sensed this when he experienced the moon, rain and sun and other elements. Cradling melons in our arms, we walked past an acequia, the life-giving ditch that channeled water from the high mountains above Santa Cruz to the fields below.
Giving thanks to Don and his hospitality the group traveled on to the beautiful farm and teaching gardens of Eremita and Margaret Campos who lived north of Espanola along the Rio Grande in Embudo. The Campos Farm It was open house on the farm, and we tasted delicious, mouthwatering delights prepared in the open air under a ramada lovingly and artistically crafted by the Campos family. Gentle rain fell, a welcome blessing on the fields.
Nearby on the desert mesa above the valley, stone mason and artist Ra Paulette showed us his incredibly beautiful sandstone home, carefully and painstakingly carved from the cliffs. His work has gained international recognition.
We headed home to Santa Fe, tired and grateful, filled with the good food from the land, generous hearts and hard-working hands that love the earth and all of life.