Hearth, Wind & Sol Farms
Estancia, New Mexico US
Vegetables, herbs, eggs, home-baked breads, canned goods
Hearth, Wind & Sol Farm lies in the heart of the Estancia Valley on 640 acres of New Mexico rangeland. After 20+ years in New England, John and Debbie Humphries moved to Albuquerque in 2020 to be closer to extended family. John’s great-grandparents homesteaded in the Estancia Valley in 1910, and his dad’s ranch south of Willard includes the original homestead. John and Debbie purchased their land in the summer of 2021 and moved out to the farm in April 2022. Since moving to the farm, John and Debbie have taken steps to implement their vision of a diverse operation. Custom grazing a herd of John’s dad’s cattle has provided some income and allowed the implementation of intensive grazing management practices to improve the health of the rangeland soils and grasses. Although they’ve been avid gardeners for more than two decades, they’ve never tried to make a living from it. They are now selling fresh vegetables, herbs, eggs and Debbie’s home-baked bread at both the farmer’s market and the local grocery in Mountainair. A flock of chickens is helping to prepare the ground for a larger permaculture garden, and future plans include a high-tunnel greenhouse, a small flock of sheep and an onsite farm stand.