We moved from the city in 2020 to a rural property outside of Santa Fe. From the beginning, we started making it our own, building a chicken coop here, a barn there. We love the desert, the incredible sunsets and the beautiful mountain views. And we especially love our animals.
In its simplest form, "el cortijo" is Spanish for "the farmhouse." Growing up in the Texas Panhandle, Michelle was entranced by her family's vacations to Taos, Santa Fe and Ruidoso. Even though they eventually moved to Dallas, she never forgot about the turquoise skies and the beautiful adobe homes. As soon as we had the opportunity to escape the city, we took it.
Our tiny village is a tapestry of world-renowned sculptors, artists, photographers, writers and musicians. Since we had nothing in that realm to offer, we chose to entertain our neighbors by becoming inexperienced farmers. The first year was a little rough -- we lost a few goats, a few chickens and set the ridge on fire. But we're learning and building on every mistake that we make. And loving it all.
-- Ken & Michelle