The arid West is home to some of the longest continuously-farmed land in the United States. Indigenous
communities have farmed here for millennia, growing desert-adapted crops like the Three Sisters—corn, beans, and squash—on as few as three inches of rainfall per year and through long periods of severe drought.
Aridity is nothing new, but new pressures are taking a toll on agriculture. Extended drought and climate change are colliding with a booming population, spiking demand for food and fresh water. This demand is driving thirsty cities to turn to agricultural areas for new water supplies, which has led to water being sold off the land, and farmers and local businesses following suit.
To ensure a future with farmers, we must first ensure a future with water.