7/16/2013 10:20:00 AM Moenkopi Unity Through Sustainability farmers market kicks off July 27 Market takes place every Saturday through October, harvest at Moenkopi Legacy Inn in Tuba City
Last year’s Unity through Sustainability one day farmer’s market was an overwhelming success leading to a four-month-long, weekly farmer’s market this year at the Moencopi “Legacy Inn starting July 27. Submitted photo
Rosanda Suetopka Thayer The Observer
A four-month-long farmers market begins July 27 at the Tuba City-Moenkopi Legacy Inn.
Local organic, reservation area raised crops will be on sale every Saturday through the middle of October harvest time from 8 a.m.-noon.
The market will have a mix of local produce, including corn, melons, squash, mixed greens, chilis and other assorted vegetables and fruits for sale. There will also be hot coffee and icy lemonade available. Customers will be able to visit with the vendors at the market. The market will take place on the back patio of the Legacy Inn hotel.
This unique market comes out of several organizations that wanted to have a strong, team partnership and operate out of their "comfort zones" to accomplish three goals.
First, to ensure food and farming traditions continue with future generations.
Second, to ensure that local reservation and off-reservation visitors have access to healthy foods at a reasonable price.
Third, to ensure that local reservation communities can adapt to climate changes through community partnerships.
The Unity Through Sustainability partnership brings together Hopi and Navajo communities including the Shonto Chapter and Moenkopi Village with local conservation organization the Grand Canyon Trust and Moenkopi Day School. The school has its own green house for its students. John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and Tolani Lake Enterprise are also involved with the market project.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians from California are providing money for the market as well.
The sustainability partnership is also creating a pavilion that will contain garden exhibits and build a classroom using sustainability techniques that will be powered by a solar system located at the Legacy Inn.
The mission of the Unity Through Sustainability project is to help tribal communities on the Colorado Plateau find ways to continue traditional farming activities despite the changing climate. Traditional master farmers will guide the market project team.
Fewer and fewer Native Americans from both the Hopi and Navajo tribes are farming or sheep-herding because of limited resources and an inability to make enough money,
Historically, Navajo and Hopi tribal people have traded and bartered with one another for produce, livestock and other goods since their original reservation establishment.
More information about the farmers market is available from Lena Clitso at (928) 283-8221, Eddie Calnimptewa at (928) 283-4500 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tony Skrelunas at Grand Canyon Trust at (928) 774-7488 or email@example.com.