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Hopi Dryfarming – Michael Kotutwa Johnson
February 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Hopi people have been living and farming on the Colorado Plateau in Northern Arizona for well over a thousand years. They are considered “the world’s best dry farmers” using time tested agriculture conservation techniques which predates western agriculture science. Michael Kotuwa Johnson’s discussion will focus on these techniques and how his work is trying to preserve them. Discover a unique look into what makes Hopi farming truly “sustainable” and how it might be beneficial. With the Hopi, corn is raised to fit the environment; unlike GMO based corn, which tries to make the environment fit the corn.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Mr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe located in northern Arizona and a PhD Candidate in the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment. He is also an avid Hopi traditional dry-farmer. His research documents his tribes Hopi agricultural conservation techniques which he hopes in the future will help encourage and sustain the “Hopi Way of Life” for subsequent generations of Hopi People. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in agriculture from Cornell University.