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Farm animals in the city

While Norm is away enjoying time in the Zuni Mountains of New Mexico, I used the opportunity to explore Las Cruces. Our RV is parked in Organ, a mere 12 miles from downtown Las Cruces.

Norm promised me day trips, but if I wait on him, I won’t get to do any sightseeing before we leave the area later this month. So while the cat’s away, this mouse will play.

The Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum was at the top of my list. How does that saying go? “You can take the girl from the farm, but you can’t take the farm from the girl?” You get the idea, I like farms! Mostly because of the animals you find there. This is one trip Norm is going to be glad he missed!

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You probably wouldn’t equate Las Cruces with farm animals, but they have them — right in the city limits.  New Mexico State University’s 47-acre campus houses cattle, sheep, and goats.

Unfortunately, the sheep barn was closed to the public because the mommies thought they needed privacy while birthing. I will have to come back in the fall to see how much the kids have grown.

The museum is dedicated to preserving New Mexico’s agricultural heritage through their exhibits, hands-on activities and various events. I happened to be at the museum on the first Saturday of the month when woodcarvers are on site demonstrating their craft.

I also attended a blacksmith demonstration. The blacksmith is only open on the weekends so I picked a great day to visit. I couldn’t imagine making nails the way the smithy demonstrated. Even worse, I couldn’t imagine hammering the nail into wood because of its bulky size.

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The adult admission fee of $5 includes an open air golf cart tour of the barns, corrals and livestock. Or, if you feel up to it, you can tour these areas on foot. While you’re outside, don’t forget to visit the greenhouse to purchase a cactus.

I am glad I took the time to visit the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. Even though 3,000 years of agriculture history is featured in the museum, there is always something new to see and do in the galleries which feature temporary exhibits.

And now that I know the sheep are having babies, I will have to make a point of returning in the fall to see the changes.

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About Cathy Duesterhoeft

Cathy and her husband, Norm, travel throughout the United States in their Brave Winnebago working for Mainly Marathons. When home in Westfield, Wis., their RV is parked on a gravel pad while they finish construction on their new home. Cathy documents their many adventures on her website at

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