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Stanley Crawford is one of our favorite New Mexican authors because he represents so many of us. He is a farmer, a writer, a philosopher, and sometimes, an architect. He is an explorer and shares his experiences in such a way that you feel like you've been with him all along. Irrigation ditches are the lifelines of agriculture and daily life in rural New Mexico. This award-winning account of the author's experience as a mayordomo, or ditch boss, is the first record of the life of an acequia by a community participant. Tag along on this exciting journey through a New Mexican acequia and find out what it takes to become the mayordomo. A must read for anyone interested in agriculture, community and water rights.