“Our people here have been farmers for centuries. You always hear stories about how they’d go out and farm the land. It’s good to be out here taking care of the land, taking care of the water, taking care of the Mother Earth. You plant crops and see them grow, then you harvest them and eat them. You keep the seed. You know you’re going to preserve that seed for the following year and for years to come. It’s very rewarding to bring the food home to my family, my uncles and aunts. When we harvest we go right away to the Head Start and give it to the kids there, and to the elders at the senior center. They’re always very appreciative of the food that comes from the farm. It gives me a good feeling.
“That first year, the director brought an ear of Hopi blue corn. From that one ear of Hopi blue corn it’s made a lot of corn. It’s been 10 years. We still have that seed now.”