Hopi Corn Planting

Arcosanti is one of three sites chosen to grow out Hopi corn and beans as part of Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson’s efforts to revitalize indigenous foodways, supported through a grant provided by The Rockefeller Foundation’s Climate Exploration Fund. In this short piece by Arcosanti resident Ana Catalina, Dr. Johnson talks about why the corn is planted as a community of seeds, the benefits of preserving seeds by growing each year versus seed banking, and more.

From UA’s website:
Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson is a member of the Hopi Tribe in Northern Arizona. Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Arizona, a Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University, and a B.S. in Agriculture from Cornell University. Dr. Johnson is a faculty member and Assistance Specialist within the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. His primary work is with the Indigenous Resiliency Center. Michael is also a co-author on the Indigenous Chapter in the National Climate Assessment Five. His newest initiative is the call for the Restoration of the American Indian Food System based on the stewardship principles of Indigenous conservation. Most importantly, he continues to practice Hopi dry farming, a practice of his people for millennia.”

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