Wagner’s Farmland Experience is More than the Average Farm
By Danielle Smith
Nestled in the heart of the stunning New Mexico Mountains lies the quaint farm of the Wagner’s, a forth generation family farm. This small 50-acre farm is the home of many crops, an orchard, and a few racehorses, but this farm has more to offer than crops and livestock. This farm is a place for sharing, learning, and entertainment.
Wagner’s Farmland Experience is more than the average farm. Each year they open their farm to local schools and organizations to visit and use their farmland for different activates.
“We have many schools come out throughout the year to learn about what we do here on the farm,” said Jimmy Wagner, owner of Wagner’s Farmland Experience. “We educate the children about agriculture and how we grow crops.”
Along with farm education the Wagner’s also provide entertainment to the community through an annual corn maze and pumpkin patch.
“During the month of October this place is filled with the sound of children,” said Mrs. Wagner. “The month of October is a really busy and fun time for us here on the farm.”
The Wagner’s generosity to share their farm does not end with schools and the community. They also open their doors to different organizations, which is exactly what they did last Saturday when the hosted a photography workshop for agricultural communication professionals and students.
The event was sponsored by Yamaha Outdoors and was part of the annual Ag Media Summit, a meeting of Agricultural Communication professionals and students.
Yamaha used the Wagner’s farm to set up a demo course, as well as, different photo shoots throughout the farm. Students and professionals were able to practice different photography techniques and ride the Yamaha ATVs.
This was the first year Yamaha has done an event like this for this conference.
"Albuquerque has great history in agriculture with families like the Wagners that have worked this land for generations,” said Van Holmes, Yamaha ATV and SxS public relations manager. “Yamaha is proud to be part of the farming community in Albuquerque and across the country. Thanks to the Wagner's for sharing their family farm with us."
Each year Yamaha Outdoors sponsors scholarships for students to attend the Ag Media Summit. This year there were two individual students sponsored and one ACT (Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow) chapter group sponsored. To be selected for the scholarship students had to submit an application along with creative writing pieces that highlighted Yamaha safety tips.
As the Wagner’s welcomed Yamaha and the photo workshop participants the pride of their farm was easily recognizable. The passion in their voices and welcoming smiles spoke of the passion they have for agriculture and sharing their farm with others.