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Farm and Ranch Blessing


The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum held a small, private ceremony May 14 in place of its annual Blessing of the Fields procession.

Due to the continued restrictions for Covid-19 safe practices, the museum wasn’t able to have the public procession, which routinely drew several hundred people each year, museum public information/media relations director Craig Massey said. The museum has hosted the procession the last 22 years, with the exception of 2020, Massey said.

The centuries-old tradition is in honor of the Feast Day of San Ysidro (1070-1130), patron saint of farmers. The museum wanted to continue the historic tradition this year since the museum is open. Massey said the museum looks forward to hosting a large event in 2022.

Participating this year were Bishop Peter Baldacchino of the Diocese of Las Cruces, Juan Moreno from the Diocese, and three members of Tortugas Pueblo: Patrick Narvaez, Henry Narvaez and Bill Acosta. The group blessed the museum’s animals, field and water in the acequia.

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road.

Call 575-522-4100. Visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.