Though New Mexico is in the minority of states that does not allow legal hemp production, one religious Taos nonprofit is harvesting a hemp crop to up the supply of seeds for its sacramental growers.

Gemma Ra’Star, founder and director of Wumaniti Earth Native Sanctuary, walked through the rows of her hemp crop north of Taos Sept. 29, the sky streaked in wispy, white clouds and the wind telling of the change of season — meaning the rest of the harvest was just a week away.

The crop of hemp is modest, no more than a few dozen plants. But Wumaniti’s not trying to grow a cash crop.

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