I live on a farm. This 12-acre urban plot is just south of I-40, north of old Route 66, and east of the Rio Grande River. We are not the first people to live and work this land; in modern times, it is some of the oldest inhabited land in the state. The floodplain provides nutrients for growth, and the shady cottonwoods offer respite from the sun. On Sundays, only people on foot and bicycle may visit the farm to enjoy the setting and to purchase produce. Discovery is inevitable at all ages. Young boys find a grasshopper– they are a mere “three and a half quarters” years of age. Adults learn how to harvest their own food.
Even with several children in tow and a pair of unruly three-foot gagutza squash, bikes are the way to go. Bikes serve real transportation. In a week, or in a month, what kind of cool things do you transport on your bike? What are the most interesting places you visit in town?
For more fresh images, check out Lael’s post “Salad. Salud.” on her blog, Lael’s Globe of Adventure. Over the winter, you are bound to see more of our lives on the farm. Last winter, Lael and I slid our mitts into pogies while riding fatbikes around Anchorage, Alaska. This winter, we look forward to a full week of 65 degree days through Thanksgiving in Albuquerque, NM. In addition to assisting with farm operation, we will also be helping to develop a new zoning designation for bike-in commercial enterprise. Bike paths go places, which is good, but what if they allowed us direct access to the things that we need? “Bike-in commercial” zoning could assist the growing culture of bicycles as transport, and could bring more value to properties along popular cycling routes. The world of urban zoning seems like a complex patchwork, but we’ve got a fixed-gear Surly Cross-Check riding friend in the zoning office to help us navigate the maze.