|The farm continues to bear the distinctive mark
of tequila country, rows upon rows of Agave. Once a valuable source
of income and pride, the plants sweet sap is the base of tequila, plummeting
prices and high input cost have left corn a more profitable crop and farmers
to deal with rill erosion. Today the farm focuses its efforts on corn, plums,
guava and cattle.
On the Salazar farm agave still carries a sort of mythical existence
if not a profitable one. Osbaldo’s grandfather used to twist the
plant’s long fibers into rope fit for a cowboy. According to Osbaldo,
Agave fiber ropes are the best kind of rope for lassoing and
sell for $100 or more.