Who we are!
Arevalos Farm is a third generation Mexican American family located in Double Adobe, Arizona, a small rural community in the Sulphur Springs Valley of Cochise County. In this area that is dominated by farming, the farm is one of the few farms that produces vegetables for local consumption.
The farm was established in the late 1950’s by Gilbert Arevalos and was a pillar of the local community until Gilbert’s death in the 1990’s. The farm laid dormant for a number of years until grandson Aaron returned home 4 years ago to breath life back into the farm. Aaron had the belief that building the farm back to the days of old would be the start of the revival of his beloved community. With the knowledge and help of his wife Marla, mom Joan, father Art, Uncle Don and Aunt Sandy, the farm has started to do that.
What we do now!
Since Aaron’s return, he has sought to bring back some of the old time varieties that his grandpa grew like Mexican June White Corn and Yellow Meat Watermelon, zoned in on what he calls the best green chile variety around, AZ 1904, brought greenhouses into the growing cycle and created his own hybrid of bean called Frijol Mechudo.
The farm continues to be a part of the community through it’s school field trips, Fall Festival and farm tours, as well as expands its audience beyond the borders of its small community as one of the few existing family farms producing the highest quality vegetables around.
Farming is not easy. There are many factors that are beyond your control that can cripple a farm. Aside from pests and natural disasters, the lifeline of the farm is the irrigation well. The well has slowly been going downhill every year since it’s resurrection 4 years ago and after a consultation with a well company, it has been confirmed that the well is failing and soon it will cease to function at all. So we are faced with coming up with the money to fix our well or kiss the dream of farming goodbye.
We need your help!
Well work needs to be done immediately if we are to have the well up and running to plant and get a growing season out this year! Your contribution will go towards the complete rehabilitation of the farm’s main irrigation well. Well work is not cheap and most times one cannot truly know how big their well problems are until it is pulled. Given the age of the well, the likelihood that almost everything will have to be replaced is high. However, this complete rebuild will ensure the future of Arevalos Farm for years to come.
Help stop the trend!
Small farms like Arevalos Farm have and continue to die all over the country. As the farms disappear, rural people move away and those who want to enjoy the country life move in and wash away their memory. This cycle of migration changes the social fabric of the communities and contributes to this epidemic, which is running fiercely across the country.
That's why it is important for those who believe in small farms to support those in need. Your donation means that our farm will continue to live on for another fifty plus years and be passed down to the next generation of our family.
Lots of people come to the country with dreams of starting their own farm, but they die off. Money needs to be invested in the farms that have done it for decades.
So please contribute to the Arevalos Farm Legacy.
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