Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust

Contact information
Farm Address:
1194 Dilia Loop
La Loma, New Mexico, 87724

Primary Contact: Poki Piottin
Primary Phone:
    Number: 505-557-7962


Internship information
General Farm Description: Mil Abrazos is a 32-acre Community Land Trust with an agricultural and life skills education mission. We are located in a beautiful valley along the Pecos River and sit on irrigated land. We grow corn, bean and squash on a small scale, tend bees, plant trees, restore our land, run an Airbnb and campground, and provide education to local children and adults around essential life skills. We are not a commercial farm and do not sell at a farmer’s market. We are in a remote area 35 miles from the nearest towns of Las Vegas and Santa Rosa, and 90 miles from the cities of Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The setting is very pastural and quiet. All our neighbors are small ranchers, growing hay and raising cattle. The farm accommodations are comfortable but common space (kitchen, dining hall) is unheated/uninsulated (barn-type).

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: Immediately
Internship Ends: Fall 2022
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Open
Minimum Length of Stay: 2-3 months

Internship Details:

Looking for long-term interns interested in:
1) Helping run a Youth Program, teaching kids the infrastructure, culture, history and governance of the local Acequia (irrigation ditch). This program is financed through a grant from the New Mexico Economic Development Outdoor Division (will send 4 page summary of program/grant).

2) All other aspects of farm life:
Land restoration
Small scale farming
Tree planting
Cooking, canning, drying and preserving food
Flood and drip irrigation
Vehicle and equipment repair and maintenance
Educational activities for schools and other groups
Integration into a traditional Hispanic Land Grant community.

Winter activities include:
Inspecting, cleaning and repairing a 12 mile-long communal irrigation ditch.
Building a carpentry and welding shop (electrical wiring, welding table, setting up shelves)
Building wood fence for a courtyard
Repairing irrigation gates (concrete and welding)
Running an Airbnb and campground (slow in winter but can be busy in the spring).
Preparing fields for planting in the spring
Hosting visitors and school groups.
Interviewing and filming elders for youth program.
Rebuilding farm truck suspension (Tacoma)
Making large compost piles with horse, cow and goat manure
Being accustomed (or willing to train for) working in the cold a must, as winters can be cold at times (-19degree for two weeks last year). On clear days, temperatures are in the 40’s and interns must be able to work for several hours a day outside.

Work requirement is 5 hours/day, 5 days a week minimum.

Being congenial, tidy, organized, communicative and disciplined a must.

Proficiency in Spanish a plus
Media skills a plus (writing, filming, editing)
Proficiency in Word, Excel, and Powerpoint a plus
Proficiency in WordPress a plus-plus!
Interest in yoga and dance a plus

Interns must have their own car and insurance. Mileage reimbursed for farm-related purpose.

Educational Opportunities: Learning how to run a youth program (scheduling and running classes and field trips, running Zoom calls, interacting with parents) Interviewing and filming elders for Youth Program Learning all aspects of building and running a farmstead Learning carpentry, electrical, plumbing and mechanical skills Learning about vegetable gardening and small scale farming (we usually keep 2-acres in production) Learning about communal life-cooking, eating and living with others in close quarters Interacting with a traditional Hispanic ranching population Writing eassys about farm life Doing craft (we have sewing machines), painting signs, making art for the farm.

Skills Desired: Having spent time on a farm is a plus if not a must... Being familiar with physical work Must be in good health and in good shape. Experience running youth programs a plus Carpentry Media skills Grant writing skills

Meals: Yes. Organic vegan and vegetarian meals provided, with many ingredients grown at the farm.

Stipend: Yes. Starts at $125/week and increases according to performance and length of stay

Housing: Yes In comfortable bunkhouse, possibly shared with another intern or individual lodging in small trailer depending on availability.

Preferred method of Contact: email