Feral Gardens was a small scale medicinal herb and vegetable farm, growing for our community in the greater Las Vegas, NM area and for herb lovers around the country.
It was also our home and a beautiful small part of the Sapello river valley and surrounding mountains here on the southern end of the Sangre de Cristo range.
On April 22nd, 2022, our home and farm burned in the Hermit's Peak Calf Canyon Wildfire.
Our main growing fields have been flooding intermittently since, and have an increased chance of post fire flooding for up to the next 10 years.
With this flooding comes feet of sedimentation at a time: rocks, sand, ash, soil, and sometimes hail all flow down the river, and off the hillsides.
All of us here, plants, animals, rivers, mountains, are in a state of rapid transition. The sand that is laid down one day moves the next, the river changes course. With less canopy, the plants in the forest are shifting, seeds that sat dormant for years or decades are sprouting and growing.
We humans are trying to find our right place in this transition. Where can we plant a tree? How can we keep the cows out of the surviving perennial gardens when all the fences in the valley are down, and keep going down with each flood? We are listening, adapting, grieving, and witnessing the beauty in this change.
For now, we are concentrating all of our very limited herb harvest on our local community. Do please still reach out if you have loved anything we've made in the past. We may be able to get you some from our apothecary. And if you have needs for your community organizing and free clinic work, we may still be able to contribute, just get in touch.
We're leaving this website up for now to share thoughts and images about living with fire and flood, adapting with land, being a human in this world of climate chaos.
Thank you all for your support over the years. We appreciate all of you and hope to be in community in the years to come.
Erika and Tyler