The First People and First Seeds

The Navajo, and other Native Americans, had to engineer seeds and a method in which they would grow on often dry and low rainfall plains.

Emigdio Ballon, who runs Tesuque Pueblo’s agriculture programs, plants corn with an assistant. Ballon, an Inca, arrived in Tesuque from South America 10 years ago to run the Pueblo’s farm. Today, it boasts 75 acres of crops, greenhouses, a seed bank, beehives, and other food crops, most of which is distributed for free to tribal members.
Photo by Kelley Fowler