Culturally Traditional Production

Make sure to check out the links on the General Resources - Marketing Alternative Products page, starting with your state's agricultural resources.


Arizona Resources

Desert Harvesters
Desert Harvesters is a volunteer -run, grassroots organization based in Tucson. They strive to promote, celebrate, and enhance, local food security and production by encouraging the planting of indigenous, food-bearing shade trees (such as the Velvet mesquite) in water -harvesting earthworks, and then educating the public on how to harvest and process the bounty.


Dine' be' Iiná, Inc. (The Navajo Lifeway)
DBI is dedicated to conserving the traditional Navajo Churro Sheep breed as well as to educate the community and the public about the importance of Navajo Sheep Culture and spirituality.


Native Seeds/SEARCH
The mission of Native Seeds/SEARCH is to conserve, distribute, and document the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and Northwest Mexico.



Colorado Resources

Bantus Rediscover Farming Roots

Somali refugees bring organic farming skills to their new home in Denver, CO. This newspaper article highlights the success of Somali Bantu refugee farmers in the Denver area who have teamed up with



New Mexico Resources

Slow Food: Ark of Taste: Chicos, Dried Corn of NM
The Ark of Taste aims to rediscover, catalog, describe and publicize forgotten flavors.Chicos, a food member of the Slow Food "Ark of Taste" project is the name given to dried corn. The word "Chicos" seems to be used mostly in New Mexico, but corn is dried all over the southwest and undoubtedly wherever traditional corn-eating cultures exist.


Slow Food: Ark of Taste: Navajo-Churro Sheep of NM
The Ark of Taste aims to rediscover, catalog, describe and publicize forgotten flavors.The Navajo-Churro is considered endangered by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. Only 2000 sheep are now registered with the Navajo-Churro Sheep Association. The Navajo-Churro sheep is a part of the Slow Food's "Ark of Taste" project.



Other Resources

American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect over 150 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. Included are asses, cattle, goats, horses, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys. Founded in 1977, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is the pioneer organization in the U.S. working to conserve historic breeds and genetic diversity in livestock.

Renewing America's Food Traditions
RAFT is a coalition of seven of the most prominent non-profit food, agriculture, conservation, and educational organizations dedicated to rescuing America's diverse foods and food traditions. They have come out with a book called, Renewing America's Food Traditions.


National Immigrant Farming Initiative: Web Resources
The National Immigrant Farming Initiative works to connect immigrant farming projects throughout the US with resources and support services. The NIFI resource center has web resources in Spanish, a complete list of farmworker associations and information about ethnic crops.


Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization comprised of gardeners who save and share seeds in an effort to preserve heirloom and heritage seed varieties. Seed Savers Exchange is located in Iowa, but has an online catalog where heirloom seeds can be purchased.


White Earth Land Recovery Project
The mission of the White Earth Land Recovery Project is to facilitate recovery of the original land base of the White Earth Indian Reservation, while preserving and restoring traditional practices of sound land stewardship, language fluency, community development, and strengthening spiritual and cultural heritage. The organization, led by Winona LaDuke, has a wild rice campaign focused on preserving wild rice varieties native to northern Minnesota.


An Appendix to Companion Planting: Basic Concepts and Resources- Ancient Companions
This ATTRA publication gives planting and historical information about "Three Sisters" companion planting. There are also resources listed for further information about traditional cropping systems.


Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation
In a series of beautifully written essays about Native American agriculture and wild plant conservation, Gary Paul Nabhan addresses the importance of conserving wild plants, the difficulties Native American peoples have had in preserving their agricultural traditions and current wild plant conservation efforts in North America.


Gary Nabhan Books about Culturally Traditional Foods
This is a section of Gary Nabhan's website that lists the various books he has written about preserving traditional food cultures. Gary Paul Nabhan, Ph.D., is a writer, lecturer, and world-renown conservation scientist. He is currently a research social scientist at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona. His books include Renewing Salmon Nation's Food Traditions and Renewing America's Food Traditions.



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