Did you know there are 12,584 women farmers in New Mexico? In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we are kicking off the week with our first post in a series that recognizes women in New Mexico agriculture. 
Today, we’re highlighting Jamie Viramontes, a New Mexico State University alum, and co-owner of Viramontes Farms and Red Mountain produce, located in Deming. Below are a few words from Jamie about her relationship with agriculture. 
“I have a life-long passion for working in agriculture and promoting the ag industry. My husband Cole and I live and work on his family’s 3rd generation diversified row crop farm. We grow a variety of crops including, onions, watermelons, green chile, pumpkins, wheat and alfalfa hay. We are grateful and proud to own and operate a family farm where we can raise our kids to appreciate the lifestyle and love the land. Cayden, 5 and Gracelynn, 2 already enjoy riding in the tractor, checking on crops and tagging along with mom and dad whenever they can. 
While you won’t find me behind the wheel of a tractor, my contributions to our farm include implementing and maintaining a strong food safety program throughout both entities, maintaining crop input and financial records, financial planning and analysis and overseeing all labor and operations at Red Mountain Produce, where we process and ship watermelons and pumpkins to retailers nationwide. I am proud to continue the heritage and traditions of family farms and small businesses in New Mexico.”