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What is now the Los Poblanos Fields Open Space was purchased by the City of Albuquerque after a two-year campaign to preserve this last remaining parcel of farmland in the North Valley. Recognizing the value to the community of maintaining this agricultural space, the City passed a two-year ¼ cent sales tax to provide funds for its acquisition.

The Farm holds a special place in the history of Albuquerque. It occupies the original site of Los Poblanos, one of the earliest Spanish Colonial settlements in the Rio Grande Valley. It is, in fact, a living link in an agricultural heritage that extends over 1700 years, making it among the oldest parcels of continually farmed land in the United States. Years of hard work have transformed the neglected land into community gardens, wildlife habitat, and sustainably farmed croplands. These provide educational experiences, community service projects, recreation and entertainment to a broad segment of our population while honoring our history and protecting the environment. Recent studies have shown that agricultural lands contribute significantly to recharging Albuquerque's aquifer. As our population grows and as water becomes more scarce, it becomes increasingly important to preserve agricultural lands in order to safeguard our quality of life.


Anderson Fields purchased by the City of Albuquerque and renamed Los Poblanos Fields Open Space


Rio Grande Community Farm established to manage 50 acres of the 138-acre Los Poblanos Fields Open Space.

First Annual Maize Maze

Our Purpose

The Purpose of the Rio Grande Community Farm is to provide diverse populations with equitable access to the land, resources, and education necessary to farm sustainably, while demonstrating regenerative urban agriculture that promotes biodiversity.

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Our People

Meet the Staff

Executive Director

Robyn Wagoner

Farm Coordinator

Kelvin Schenk

Farm Coordinator, Kelvin Schenk, was blessed to be born into a multi-generational farm family. He grew up working on the family farm and was involved in youth farm organizations such as 4-H and Future Farmers of America on local, state and national levels. Kelvin continued his agriculture education at Iowa State University as an agricultural business major until he switched to health sciences and graduated with a degree in exercise physiology. Kelvin has worked for several hospitals while continuing to be involved with the family farms. In 2013, he became a farm owner.

When he retired from the medical field, Kelvin joined the Board of Directors of the Rio Grande Community Farm. In 2018, he transitioned to the Farm Coordinator position where his ongoing education and work has focused on regenerative agriculture. Kelvin’s overarching philosophy has been access to the land for everyone while integrating neurodiverse populations for social and ecological benefits.

Social Work Intern

Nathan Kunkle

Head Farmer & Educator

Rich Adeyemi

Meet the Board


Bruce, Milne

Vice President

Becca Marshall


Cassidy Tawse-Garcia


Jo Tenorio


Chris Sylvan


Paul Wright


Amber Terrasas


John Heck


A land-based 501(c)3 social profit organization