This unique place is located outside of Taos, New Mexico, on the the fertile banks of the Rio Grande and Embudo Rivers.
The Ruiz family is focused on certified organic traditional foods and medicines, tending the land, plants, and animals with great consciousness and care, and actively engaging in a dedicated reverence of the seen and unseen forces which make up the world we live in.
This was such an amazing experience, from the work we did to spending time with the people that live on and around the farm. The tight-knit community in Dixon reminds me of my hometown.
My favorite part of my stay was the sacred Native American ceremony that Mesa does before planting the corn every season. It is a way to show gratitude and respect, and ask for blessing for the growth of the future crop. I felt so honored to be a part of a tradition that had been passed down for many generations and is such a vital part of the farm.
On my last night Molly pulled out all of her grandfather's old photographs. He did a beautiful series of elderly people with a specific darkroom printing process that shows incredible detail and contrast.
When I was leaving she asked if I would want to take my favorite picture of his with me, a black and white portrait of an old woman with worn clothes. I absolutely love it and will treasure it the rest of my life.
I hope that someday my grandchildren will show my work and it will move someone the way that his images moved me.