Navajo Nation

Planting Seeds Of Health On Navajo Nation

Jun 9, 2016
K. Munson

The Homer Dale Community Farm is more than a 4-acre garden on the fringe of Navajo Nation in southern Utah.

For the last six years, Leon Sampson, reverend deacon for the St. Christopher Episcopal Mission in Bluff, has cultivated the community farm as a place where people can reconnect to their farming roots and learn new skills. For Sampson, growing one’s own food is an act of economic empowerment. It’s also a way for older generations to share their knowledge with Navajo youth.

Living In A Food Desert In The Desert

Jun 7, 2016

Imagine if it took you 150 miles round trip to buy one ripe tomato. That’s what it’s like for the majority of residents living on Navajo Nation, where it’s not uncommon for people to travel across state lines to purchase groceries. People like Thomasina Holly, a para-educator in Aneth who routinely drives to Colorado and New Mexico because her nearest grocery store in Utah is too expensive for everyday items.