Across most of the arid West, drought has been the norm for the last 18 years.

The majority of young farmers and ranchers in this region have never farmed in non-drought conditions, which means they are uniquely focused on creative solutions to water conservation. In 2016, NYFC produced a report and a short film, both titled Conservation Generation, that paint a picture of these young farmers, their approach to water, and the challenges they face.

We also followed four farmers in Colorado and New Mexico as they shared their water stories throughout the growing season.