Photo of a garlic farmer in Las Cruces (not Crawford) by lisacchamberlain used under a Creative Commons license.

Stanley Crawford, A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm (HarperPerennial, 1993).
Crawford has lived on El Bosque Farm in Dixon, in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo mountains, for two decades or so. He and his wife Rose Mary grow garlic in this small town north of Santa Fe, about halfway between Taos and Espanola. This book follows the course of the four seasons of a single year, in the course of which there is plenty of time for Crawford to relate observations about local vultures and magpies, building with adobe bricks, irrigation and fertilizer, and how to harvest and sell garlic.

SpiceLines visited Crawford in Dixon; here is the first of his posts about it. Bee’s Wing read the book too. And in Organic Wine JournalJonathan Russo and Deborah Grayson say Crawford is an example of New Mexico counterculture growing.

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