I have been lurking Permies off and on for about four years or thereabouts.
The place I have been living wasn't mine and I wasn't allowed to do too much with respect to permaculture.
A little experimenting here and there.
But very soon - I too will be in northern New Mexico, I am currently in the process of a purchase, including a "hippy house" made primarily of straw-bale, small amount of solar power, a separate solar powered private well, and of course - a beautiful view.
So I will begin my own permaculture education by living with the help of permies.com and other resources.
I'll have a large pavilion that currently has a semi-transparent/opaque covering that I hope to modify into a more transparent covering on its sunnier side (not oriented either N/S nor E/W).
That may end up being cost prohibitive so I have backed the recent kickstarter campaign for the truly passive greenhouse in hopes of gleaning sufficient info to build that or a loosely similar styled greenhouse.
My well tests have not been completed yet (the original test results are not too promising with regards to yield).
However, the large surface area on the pavilion should make for reasonably good rainwater harvest - once the broken, missing, gutter system is replaced with a better solution.
Therefore - I look forward to reading all about your experiences and successes with food production.
I'll be able to post my permaculture experiences soon as well.
Thanks for sharing.