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Heidi's Raspberry Farm

A brief history lesson on farming in New Mexico: Many farmers used to use the acequia system (learned from the Spanish), which is made up of canals that take snow runoff or river water to farmers' fields. Jump to present day, when drought has been plaguing the Southwest for some time now, forcing farmers to get crafty.

To produce their delicious raspberry jams, Heidi's Organic in Corrales, NM switched over to a drip irrigation system. They're all about working with the natural environment. They keep hives in the fields for the bees that pollinate their raspberry blossoms, and Rio Grande turkeys patrol the fields eating insects along their way. Heidi's delivers a tremendous product, because they have their hand in every step of the process – from seed, to blossom, to gobbling turkeys, to tasty, tasty jam.