Summer 2009; Doney Farmers; Doney Park (Flagstaff), Arizona

In the spring of 2009 a group of friends from several Northern Arizona-based social and environmental justice organizations converged on an old ostrich pen on the eastern base of the San Francisco Peaks outside of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Many of us had worked together in the past through our ‘official’ work with several projects of Native Movement, Black Mesa Water Coalition, and a few other orgs, but this time we shed our organizational affiliations, funding sources, and shiny brochures to work together towards a common vision- relearning how to grow food in a beautiful place with beautiful peoples. 

A few years earlier a few of us were talking about where wanted Native Movement to be in 10 years.  A first thought was that I hoped it no longer needed to formally exist- because growing food, building homes, and creating outlets for artistic expression with our best friends and families would just be what we do.  I can't say i'm there yet, but the couple of years spent on the Doney ‘farm’ felt like a step in that direction.  So once again Big Love to the Doney crew!  And of course to Cruz and David for letting us spend many summer sunsets working in the cornfield at your home :)