Why A Harvest Festival?

Agriculture has played a major role in community building in the Mimbres Valley since the Mimbreno Indians called it home sometime between 1150- and 1250 A.D., continuing with the Apache Indians when they migrated to the valley sometime after 1600. In 1780 a Spanish military expedition, led by New Mexico Governor Don Juan Bautista de Anza, reported extensive Apache farms or rancherias along the banks of the upper Mimbres River.

In 1848 the United States took possession of New Mexico from Mexico and in 1852 established Fort Webster across from the present day San Lorenzo. The following spring the soldiers planted large fields of vegetables, corn and grains.

With the discovery of gold, silver and copper in the early 1800's came the need for a sustainable supply of food to feed the rapid growth of area communities. In the coming years small towns began to develop around acequias (community irrigation ditches), which supplied water for agriculture, starting on the lower Mimbres and continuing up the river 35 miles.

This tradition of agriculture and community in the Mimbres Valley continues today in the many small communities such as Dwyer, Faywood, San Juan, San Lorenzo and Mimbres.

As the growing season draws to a close in October residents of the Mimbres Valley will be coming together to celebrate their life in the valley, inviting everyone to their annual Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival. A day long hoe down, when farmers put down their hoes for the season, is planned with valley growers, storytellers, musicians and craftspeople coming together to share their love of the Mimbres at the San Lorenzo Elementary School.

Bring your entry to The Best Tasting Pie Contest, to be judged by a most distinguished panel of judges. Events for kids and adults alike will be happening all day long.

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