Aug 12, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of people over the past 11-plus years have gotten an up-close look at agriculture in the Mesilla Valley by simply walking through the Heritage Gallery of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.
An irrigation ditch here. A cotton bale there. The exhibit, “The Inside Story of the Roadside View,” gives visitors a look at contemporary agriculture in the lower Rio Grande Valley.
This long-term exhibit is now in its final days and visitors are encouraged to explore modern agriculture in this unique, indoor setting one last time. “Inside Story” will be taken down beginning Aug. 18 and will be replaced by an exciting new exhibit that focuses on the region’s Spanish Colonial Period.
For anyone driving along the Mesilla Valley, it’s impossible not to notice the endless array of fields, orchards and irrigation canals. The activity is constant. A pecan orchard being flooded here, a field of onions there, lettuce being harvested down the road.
The aim of “Inside Story” was to help visitors make sense of the constant agricultural activity that takes place up and down the lower Rio Grande Valley. Chile, pecans, alfalfa, corn, cotton, lettuce and onions are highlighted, as are cattle ranching and dairy farming. Concepts explored include: irrigation techniques, planting, cultivating and harvesting of crops, management of livestock, and production methods.
“The Inside Story on the Roadside View” offers visitors the opportunity to see modern equipment, listen to interviews, and view videos of agricultural activities.