Mother Earth Living


At Home with Moore Family Farms

A local-food enthusiast and recent college graduate puts theory to work creating a family farm outside Albuquerque.



Although starting a market farm was Richard’s dream, the farming bug bit the entire family. Richard is the farm’s only full-time employee, but Carol and Ken help with the farm work and with staffing the farmers market each week. The two relish the opportunity to dig in the earth in the evening after they get home from their office jobs.
Photo By Kirk Gittings
Although starting a market farm was Richard’s dream, the farming bug bit the entire family. Richard is the farm’s only full-time employee, but Carol and Ken help with the farm work and with staffing the farmers market each week. The two relish the opportunity to dig in the earth in the evening after they get home from their office jobs.
Photo By Kirk Gittings
Moore Family Farms is home to a flock of 37 chickens, 4 Barbados Blackbelly sheep and 17 Saxony and Appleyard ducks, which provide eggs and meat and help control pests.
Photo By Kirk Gittings
Moore Family Farms is home to a flock of 37 chickens, 4 Barbados Blackbelly sheep and 17 Saxony and Appleyard ducks, which provide eggs and meat and help control pests.
Photo By Kirk Gittings
Moore Family Farms is home to a flock of 37 chickens, 4 Barbados Blackbelly sheep and 17 Saxony and Appleyard ducks, which provide eggs and meat and help control pests.
Photo By Kirk Gittings
Although starting a market farm was Richard’s dream, the farming bug bit the entire family. Richard is the farm’s only full-time employee, but Carol and Ken help with the farm work and with staffing the farmers market each week. The two relish the opportunity to dig in the earth in the evening after they get home from their office jobs. Richard’s sister, Betty, is a college student who lives away from home, but she still helps out as time allows.
Photo By Kirk Gittings
At the weekly farmers market, the Moores sell a wide range of fresh produce ranging from lettuce and tomatoes to kohlrabi, okra and bok choy.
Photo By Kirk Gittings
A blend of traditional and modern, the Moore home has classic Southwestern stucco walls, low-maintenance native plantings and a 2.5-kilowatt solar system.
Photo By Kirk Gittings
The Moores’ passion for healthy, high-quality food fueled their decision to farm. Their passion for the earth prompted the decision to build a green home.
Photo By Kirk Gittings
This smaller-than-average home lives large with an additional 1,000 square feet of living spaces on porches. The kiva-style fireplace enables year-long enjoyment.
Photo By Kirk Gittings
Richard grows a diverse range of food crops, enough to stock a booth at the weekly farmers market and keep his family in fresh food.
Photo By Kirk Gittings
Richard grows a diverse range of food crops, enough to stock a booth at the weekly farmers market and keep his family in fresh food.
Photo By Kirk Gittings
Richard grows a diverse range of food crops, enough to stock a booth at the weekly farmers market and keep his family in fresh food.
Photo By Kirk Gittings

















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