8th Annual Garlic Harvest Festival Doubles Crop Harvest

Over 1725 Lbs. of garlic were harvested in one hour at the Festival Saturday. Courtesy photo from NNMC

8th Annual Garlic Harvest Festival Doubles Crop Harvest

ESPAÑOLA – The Sostenga Agriculture Center at Northern New Mexico College hosted the 8th annual Garlic Harvesting Festival this past Saturday at the college owned agriculture facility on campus. Over 150 people attended the event which lasted from 7:00 a.m. to around 1:00 p.m.

Former Lt. Governor Roberto Mondragon served as the Master of Garlic Ceremonies, announcing the start of the garlic picking contest and the winners at the end of the day. Northern New Mexico College President Rusty Barceló also spoke to welcome the participants and then stuck around to enjoy teh fun.

Several teams competed in the garlic picking contest and jointly harvested more than 1,725 pounds of garlic within the hour allotted for the picking contest, more than twice the amount at last year’s festival. Ana X Gutierrez Sisneros from the Garlic Harvest Planning Committee said “next year we will shoot for an even ton”.

The top three teams were awarded prizes for the most garlic picked. The winners were:

1st Place. Team Chamisal which picked 339 pounds

2nd Place. The Peñasco, Española/Santa Fe Group which picked 336.8 pounds

3rd Place. Española Valley Farm which picked 303 pounds

The Rey y Reina del Ajo (King & Queen of the Garlic) were also selected from participants with this years winner being Salvador Corona as Rey and Lucia Sanchez as Reina.

Members of the American Friends Service Committee and the ¡Sostenga! Farm Training Program planted 200 lbs of garlic seeds last October in preparation for this year’s festival. 

See below for more photos of the event.

Volunteers cook up blue corn pancakes for attendees. Courtesy photo from NNMC

Roberto Mondragon announces the Rey & Reina del Ajo. Courtesy photo from NNMC

La Reina del Ajo, Lucia Sanchez poses with Roberto Mondragon. VDP photo

The freshly harvested garlic is cleaned and then layed out in drying racks like these. Courtesy photo from NNMC

Rows and rows of garlic layed out to dry. Courtesy photo from NNMC

KDCE Radio’s Tomas did a live broadcast from the event. Courtesy photo from NNMC

James Montoya, silk screener gets the official silk screen for the event ready. Courtesy photo from NNMC

This year’s silk screen design. Courtesy photo from NNMC

Trio Viva Nuevo Mexico and other musicians performed during the day. Courtesy photo from NNMC