Historic water cuts on Colorado River put strain on downstream farmers

A 14-year drought, over-allocation, increasing demand and climate change are sucking the Colorado River dry. Photo from National Geographic It’s no news that water is scarce in the arid west. But last week marked an unprecedented moment in the history of the Colorado River and the millions of people nationwide who rely on it for drinking water, meat and vegetables. Based on historically low flows in the Colorado River, the Bureau of Reclamation–a... Read More

Introducing Jeff and Debbie, NYFC’s Arizona Field Organizers

Debbie out in the Sleeping Frog Farm gardens. We’re pleased to welcome Jeff Meilander of Flagstaff and Debbie Weingarten of Benson/Tucson area as NYFC’s new Arizona Field Organizers! Debbie is one of the founding farmers of Sleeping Frog Farms, an extremely successful young farmer & farm education operation serving southern AZ.  Jeff is a professor at Northern Arizona University and is also founder of the newly formed Flagstaff EcoRanch... Read More

Ranching for Conservation along the U.S./Mexico Border

Thirty-eight miles from the Arizona/Sonora border lies a fourth-generation ranch managed by two young ranchers, Sarah and Joe King. The ranch spreads over 55,000 acres of private and state land, rising up over the Baboquivari Mountains. Sarah and Joe raise 450 head of grass-fed cattle to sell at auction, slaughtering only a few due to the lack of local processing options. Ranching in the borderlands, with little forage and water, is no easy task.... Read More

A Letter from NYFC’s New Western Organizer

Dear agrarians and friends, I’m from Tucson, Arizona and my name is Regina. I joined the National Young Farmers’ Coalition team this month to organize young farmer & rancher chapters in the Colorado River Basin. I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself and close with a question to all of you. I live in the Sonoran Desert between two dry riverbeds—the Rillito and Santa Cruz—and an arms stretch from four mountain ranges (the Rincons,... Read More

A Farm By and For Youth in Tucson, Arizona

Nestled a stone’s throw from the Rillito River lies an urban farm built by and for youth in Tucson, Arizona.  Before Tucson Village Farm broke ground, founder Leza Carter worked at a multitude of school gardens.  In January of 2010, armed with a strong understanding of the benefits and constraints of the traditional school garden model, Leza decided to start a new type of youth garden with three goals in mind: to encourage children to experience... Read More