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HWF Campus Acequias & Land Preservation

Our 15 acre campus consists of mostly open fields bordered by old growth trees. We are very fortunate to have these natural open spaces, which are still connected to a centuries-old network of acequias which traditionally supplied water to the Taos valley. Because Helene Wurlitzer secured the property in the early 1940's, it continues to remain undeveloped even amidst the steady growth of the town surrounding our campus.

Interspersed throughout these open spaces are eleven artist casitas, all situated in what is otherwise a vibrantly developed part of town. This provides our artists with serenity, peace and solitude - while still being able to easily access groceries, neighborhood diners, coffee shops and the like, stimulating our local economy.

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July 2019: The acequia that irrigates the southern part of the campus flows for the first time in decades.

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In 2018, we began restorations on the acequias running through the HWF campus. By July 2019, for the first time in several decades, the acequias irrigating the southern part of the campus were flowing again.

This is part of our larger effort to restore, preserve and maintain the beauty of the land on the HWF campus.

If you’d like to help preserve this historic space, please visit our Donate page. We are seeking grants, donations, and volunteers for continued work on the acequia system, land restoration, and also some much needed tree-trimming. Any help you can share is gratefully received.