The Hopi Reservation is located in northern Arizona, about 100 miles northeast of Flagstaff. It consists of more than 2,500 square miles, all located within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. Some 8,000 of the Hopi Tribe’s 12,000 enrolled members live on the reservation.
Hopi Reservation Extension works with Hopi Tribal Government partners such as the Office of Range Management and the Hopi Office of Youth Affairs, and with non-governmental partners such as the Hopi Pu’tavi Project and the Natwani Coalition to improve community capacities in the areas of natural resource management, community development, youth education and improved nutrition for disease prevention. Extension supports Hopi livestock production, traditional farming, home gardening and youth education.
Youth food and nutrition
The Hopi have existed on the mesas of northern Arizona for centuries, depending on farming and knowledge of their land for survival. Hopi culture today is still dependent on this knowledge passed down from their elders. Traditional foods are required for participation in traditional Hopi life, and are a healthier alternative to modern processed foods. The Hopi Traditional Foods program is part of the wellness response to tribal priorities for the health of their children.
Extension works with the Hopi Office of Range Management to help provide education and assistance to livestock producers. Workshops are held covering such topics as Beef Quality Assurance, low-stress livestock handling, record keeping, ranch safety and agriculture risk management. Extension is seen as a valuable resource among producers on the reservation.
Hopi Extension is launching a 4-H program that will provide opportunities for youth to learn life skills and gain knowledge while having fun. 4-H programs are designed to fortify and revitalize agricultural and natural resource practices, develop 4-H youth leadership opportunities and strengthen families. Other new programs in development include school and community gardens and renewable energy.
- Helped facilitate the purchase and delivery of 350 bales of hay for Hopi ranchers unable to leave the reservation due to travel restrictions.
- Helped facilitate the purchase of four truckloads of wood for the Hopi community needed for heating homes and cooking.
- Offered Zoom classes on gardening for community members, and supported gardeners via texts and phone calls.
- Offered weekly Zoom classes on health and fitness for youth.
- Helped to identify cattle vaccination resources for Hopi ranchers.
- Provided online classes on the canning of food.
Susan Sekaquaptewa – Extension Educator