Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez knows firsthand about the intensive labor of farming. Each year, his family gathers to plant crops on the family farm.
This family activity provides unity, exercise, empowerment and self-sufficiency, he said. On June 4, the Navajo Nation Gardening Challenge was launched, beginning with a garden planted at Vice President Nez’s residence in Window Rock. Volunteers from the Northern Arizona University Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Tolani Lake Enterprises, Little Colorado River Watershed Chapters Association, Navajo Nation Youth Council, and the Youth Conservation Corps from Lupton assisted with the daylong activity.
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