Crossing Worlds Hopi Projects

Hopi Garden Projects

June 24, 2015
Hopi Garden Projects

May, 2015 orchard planting with Natwanhoym Tunatya.

Hopi orchard, garden and healthy eating projects in support of sustainability.

Orchards, edible shrubs, herbs, kitchen garden projects using low water drip systems and permaculture design-with-nature practices as part of creating more local food supply and healthier diet.

There is growing interest at Hopi in this type of food raising along with the traditional dry-farm crops that Hopi farmers have cultivated for centuries.

We are supporting back yard and group projects taught by knowledgeable Hopi and regional gardeners. The goal is for each project to become a viable food-producing installation and a learning opportunity for other Hopis.

Since 2014 we have been providing support for a Hopi youth group at Second Mesa which is called Natwanhoyum Tunatya (means teach and farm together for the future). Spring 2015 we provided plants, supplies and an instructor for the the installation of their drip-system supported orchard-vines-herbs garden adjacent to the dry farm area of their coordinators.

Hopi Youth Farm Group Project

Crossing Worlds Hopi Projects welcomes donors/sponsors in support of Natwanhoyum Tunatya (means teach and farm together for the future) at Second Mesa, Hopi. Farming at Hopi is a whole set of values and spiritual practices.

YouthFarmers300pxA 5-year old in this group said, "If we don't farm, our village will die."

information about the group provided by Natwanhoyum coordinators: "Natwanhoym Tunatya was founded in 2012 by two Hopi farmers and 28 Youth Farmers, the purpose of this Hopi-based service group is to develop a farming relationship with the Shungopavi youth between 6 - 18 years of age.

Natwanhoyum Mission: 

Namitnagwa – to teach and practice the principal of farming together Samitnagwa – to teach the growth process of natwani (means produce and refers to the processes and rituals necessary for the rejuvenation of all life) and its values.

Providing natwani to their family table, ceremonies and social events.

To practice organic gardening--both with Hopi traditional dry farming and using drip irrigation--and promote healthy eating habits.

To teach Hopi language and art (which is part of livelihood on the Hopi reservation)

Philosophy of the Coordinators:

Promote good guardianship and stewardship of the Natwanhoyum Resources today and tomorrow to benefit the current and future generations.

Core Values:

Share core values from our Elders and Kiva teachings of Hopi character and identity that one must practice to be a good person:

  • Respect all life
  • Work hard
  • Wake up early and pray to Dawa (the sun)
  • Be humble
  • Uphold conservation practices for all natural resources
  • Be good role models
  • Promote quality mentorship
  • Promote traditional reciprocity, Pa'ung'ne/Namitnagwa
  • Use personal experience and education to promote Hopi and modern land and water conservation practices


To stay connected to Mother Earth while we pray to Dawa, our father.  Through our prayers we ask to be blessed with rain so that our crop fields and grasslands have sufficient water for food production for healthful life.

Through drip irrigation we hope to promote good health by growing and eating healthy locally grown foods.  Obesity and diabetes will decrease through hard work and education.  Plants protect the soil from erosion and improve air quality.

The solar powered well near State Highway 87 below Shungopavi supplies residents on Hopi, ranchers and neighbors of Hopi.  The Natwanhoyum Coordinators and Volunteers seek funding to support workshops to expose interested Hopi people to Renewable Energy."

How to Get Involved

Hopi Needs year round:

Donations to purchase trees, edible shrubs, soil enzymes, drip systems and to pay instructors Farming tools and equipment Skilled garden instructor and helper volunteers to work with the Hopi gardners Haul free mulch from Flagstaff locations to Hopi in your truck or trailer The Hopi youth farming group needs duffel bags with sleeping bag, flashlight, tarp, tent for individual boys so they can stay overnight out at the field site with their group. The Hopi youth farming group needs notebooks and pencils for Hopi language learning; art supplies to help teach them art as part of their livelihood (acrylic paints, paper, art boards, exacto knives and sandpaper for carving and making gourd rattles).

Here are 2 local Hopi initiatives that are doing great work in sustainable agriculture and healthy eating:

Natwani Coalition is working hard to restore Hopi traditional farming and healthy diet at Hopi. We commend Natwani Coalition for their work June, 2014 in presenting their agriculture curriculum to Hopi educators. This is an on-going project. Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture is helping develop and implement Hopi Head Start edible landscape project and provides hands-on education within Hopi communities on sustainable agriculture. They are also working on local built housing. We also acknowledge Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed in Flagstaff for providing high quality, organic plants that do well at Hopi.