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Pete Vigil honored as Conservationist of the Year

Posted: Thursday, Jun 13th, 2013

Pete Vigil is the fourth generation on Vigil Farms.

CAPULIN — The Conejos County Conservation District is proud to award (Pete Vigil Jr.) from Capulin “Vigil Farms” the “2012 Outstanding Conservationist of the Year Award.”

Pete has been involved in conservation improvement since he first took over his father’s property in, 1970. Pete became a successful businessman through due diligence, overcoming challenges and working hard over the years to conserve and improve his land. Pete installed; a sprinkler system, 16 structures, leveled 200 acres of land, he put in 1350 feet of pipe, built one reservoir, put in a center pivot and can pump, elevated ditch pads to improve the water distribution, installed a grass waterway in one of his fields to keep erosion at a minimum.

Pete did pest and nutrient management to increase his yield on his center pivot, sealed his irrigation reservoir to save water to make it more efficient by using his irrigation water to his meadows and hay land. This has been a big savings in utilizing his water to conserve and obtain better yields. Pete continually strives to improve many aspects of his farm.

Pete’s farm “Vigil Farms” has seen four generations in the Vigil family. Pete started in, 1970, with a lot of hard work, dedication and a vision to achieve, accomplish, and succeed. His successful management practices are an attribute looked at for this conservation award. Management of pasture, hay land, and cropland is a key to his success.

Pete served on a ditch board in the past. He has allowed many school classes to come and learn about conservation on his property and assisted in the learning.

Pete is an environmental activist who supports a varied approach to conservation management, promoting traditional and progressive methods. He is mindful of the distinction between land preservation and land utilization, understanding the importance of working and resting the land encourages ecological health and property.

Pete is a great self-made success story, a man who loves farming and working the land. He is a deserving individual for his conservation of natural resources.

Pete family includes: his father Pete Vigil Sr., two sisters: Helen and Veronica, one brother: Gilbert, and three children; one son: Michael who passed away in the 1991, and two daughters: Melanie (Gerald Garcia) and Amanda. He has five grandchildren: Mariah, Michael, Monique, Joshua, and Gabriel.

Pete loves spending time with his family, trucking (hay hauling) and working on the farm.

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