By Joy Hought, Executive Director. Published March 28, 2018.
Did you know that southern Arizona is home to the earliest documented agriculture in the United States? For over 4000 years the farmers of this region have sustained their communities by growing nutritious, desert-adapted crop varieties and using water-wise farming practices that respect the Sonoran desert’s delicate ecosystems. Today, agriculture in Arizona is highly productive, but places a priority on crops like cotton and alfalfa that consume large amounts of water in a time and place where water is an increasingly scarce resource.