Hacienda Dominguez & Chelenzo Farms
Soil (Johnson-Su bioreactors), general you-pick produce.
ABOUT HACIENDA DOMINGUEZ & CHELENZO FARMS
Founded upon a dream of a healthier life closer to nature, Chelsea & Lorenzo (Chelenzo) moved to New Mexico from New York in 2021 with their family to plant regenerative roots in the Land of Enchantment.
Set in high desert mountains of Cerrillos, New Mexico, Hacienda Domínguez offers guests to experience a farm in action, as well as the opportunity to hike daily on 350 acres just east of the Turquoise Trail (Route 14) and directly above the Galisteo River Basin. Upon the land, nature lovers, hikers and outdoorsmen alike will discover arroyos, caves, mesmerizing 360-degree vistas of the mountains that surround Santa Fe, as well as awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets.
The Hacienda also offers other regenerative services in partnership with the mecca of holistic-minded neighbors and local businesses we have here in Cerrillos, including massage therapy, horseback riding, soil health workshops, soul-cleansing drum making, sweat hut ceremonies and herbal medicinal opportunities.
At Chelenzo Farms we are applying permaculture, soil health, agroecology and agroforestry principles and are enthusiastic about applying innovative and indigenous practices to achieve our goals.
Our organic research farm serves to educate the community, resolve food insecurity issues and offer training in the areas of permaculture farming, land conservation, indigenous agricultural and sustainability practices, and the realm of sciences that look to understand the relationship (past, current and future) that humans have with nature and the land. We also aspire to contribute to knowledge about agricultural practices that contribute to improved soil health in an arid environment, amidst a 22-year megadrought.
Educational opportunities will be offered to students K-8 in partnership with the local Turquoise Trail Charter School Gardening program, as well as adults via the Worldwide Opportunities in Organic Farming (WWOOF) program and farm stays.
Most immediately, we aspire to rejuvenate the magical landscape into a flourishing garden and small-scale farm replete with edible native plants and trees, such as cacti, agave, succulents, saffron, beans, herbs, various other greens, fruits and vegetables. Currently, our animals include chickens, goats, and ducks, and we intend to acquire more, which we will integrate into our farming practices via grazing and the creation of compost and organic-based soil amendments.
ABOUT LORENZO DOMINGUEZ
In addition to being an always-aspiring artist-in-hibernation, Lorenzo loves spending time with his friends and family, including five children. He is also an avid runner, hiker, foodie and advocate of being “fit after 50.” He loves music and has been a DJ for 35 years, serving as New York Life’s NYC Pride Parade float DJ from 2016-2019.
Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Lorenzo’s Jesuit high school education instilled in him the importance of being “a person for others.” As a result, he's spent much of his time involved in community service, most recently serving as a board member of our local homeless shelter and Lincoln Society, as well as the city’s Human Relations & Rights Commission in Peekskill, NY. He also recently joined the Governance Board of the Turquoise Trail Charter School in Santa Fe and is a 2020 Parents Together NM Education Fellow.
Lorenzo earned a B.A. in International Cultural Studies and Cultural Anthropology from UCLA, completed graduate studies in Global Political Science at SJSU and received a Masters in International Public Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs from Columbia University. Dedicated to a lifetime of learning, he most recently completed the Johns Hopkins Executive Data Science program and the Wharton School Business Analytics Certificate.
He spent the first half of his adult life as a marketing and communications professional who loves storytelling and engaging people through words, calls-to-action and images. With more than 30 years of experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, he has led many sales, marketing, media relations, social media, communications, data analytics and engagement initiatives over his career.