2010-09-16 / General Stories

Vacationing in New Mexico

Evon Hutson of Lexington and Judy (Hutson) Spitzenberger of Giddings, Texas flew to New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment for a few days to visit relatives and friends. Sights enjoyed included the majestic Sandia Mountains where the world’s longest tram (1 mile high) is located, the surrounding Indian Pueblos, Old Town Albuquerque, Corrales, and the International Balloon Fiesta Park (over 750 hot air balloons will launch each morning in October).

In Corrales they visited the New Mexico State University, Sandoval County Cooperative Extension food pantry garden. The vegetables are planted and harvested by volunteers and donated to various food pantries. They help to feed over 700 families each week. The property is donated by owners who offer free use of their land, electricity and irrigation water. This is a dynamic ministry to feed the needy, as the number of families needing assistance continues to rise. Over 14,000 pounds of vegetables have been harvested.

Judy Spitzenberger volunteers for the Food Pantry in Giddings. NMSU County Extension staff representative Elizabeth (Prehn) Hackett, a Lexington graduate, lives near Corrales and her office organized the project. Pictured above at the pantry garden are Evon, Liz and Judy.

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