ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm will get a financial boost from the state. The Inn and Organic Farm will receive $250,000 in LEDA funding for a new processing and storage facility. Los Poblanos expects to add 24 new jobs in the next five years. The Economic Development Department says the expansion should also help the farms in the state because Los Poblanos gets its produce locally.
“We all understand the importance of locally grown food, now more than ever,” Cabinet
Secretary of EDD, Alicia J. Keyes said in a news release. “Investing in local agriculture will not only create jobs in New Mexico, it makes our communities safer and healthier.”
Known for its vast lavender fields, welcoming farm shop, and cozy rooms, Los Poblanos Organic Inn and Farm is expanding with help from the state.
Even through a pandemic, Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm has remained a local favorite. “We’ve been able to struggle through,” says Executive Director Matt Rembe.
While Los Poblanos has had to adapt, “We really worked hard to keep the restaurant open. We added outdoor heating,” Rembe says. He says certain parts of their business carried them through last year.”We have the brick and mortar store at our farm shop and we have e-commerce sales. And we even have sales around the United States and even those sales were hindered by COVID because retailers were shut down,” Rembe says
Now the lavender farm is able to expand its production efforts since the state has awarded them up to $250,000 in LEDA funds. Rembe says the money will allow them to move their production hub and inventory into a warehouse in the heart of downtown. “By moving into a bigger space and consolidating all our production and packaging and receiving everything that we are receiving from farmers it just allows us to be a lot more efficient,” Rembe says.
Rembe says the expansion will allow them to order more from local farmers and create more farm-driven food products. “A lot of the farmers that we typically buy from they were really struggling because they sell to a lot of restaurants that had been shut down,” Rembe says.
Rembe says he’s thankful for an opportunity to expand their reach. “We’re still standing after COVID and we have such an exciting project to work on,” said Rembe.
Los Poblanos also expects to add 24 new jobs in the next five years. Rembe says the LEDA funds still have to be approved by the state and the city before they can spend the money. But they hope to be moved into the new building by the middle of this year.