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Today. We are going to start off in Santa Fe New Mexico we have James Edwards with us. He is a Powell. Mc and organic gardening student James's Ponti and my pleasure to have him here with us today. James Welcome thank you Tara. Greetings to all your listeners in our friends and relatives out there Hope everybody's staying safe I've been living here in Santa Fe with my family for about seventeen years now I grew up around a traditional and conventional style Gardening early on in my wife. My Grandmother There in Oklahoma My family also was around that quite a bit and just over the years I moved more towards Gardening at home Especially the more I moved into Embracing more of my culture. You know many of us grew up in the suburbs in urban settings and weren't always able to you know to see that first hand you know gardening methods and not realizing the importance of it to our cultures as indigenous people in all these different regions and I Been focusing mainly on organic and natural methods and again in a suburban setting mostly containers So that to be flexible. You know either if you're moving or you know. Taking advantage of the sun a little micro climates in their yard. You know taking into consideration the needs or the different of the different varieties of different types of plants. You know some do well in shade some do well in full sun and learning all those You know different types. Assure important to your success and there's a lot of lessons that come with all of this in James just hearing some of the routes that you have a no pun intended may be a little Pun In this in why gardens are important this year. Do you feel that your garden is something else. Besides just carrying on that knowledge. Yes it's taken on a new importance for myself my family and for a lot of people out there The endemic situation going on the food chain supply Having hiccups having difficulties There are some shortages of you know usually widely available foods in our supermarkets and we tend to rely on that and so- relying on ourselves more. You know in the sense you know is giving that importance and a combination of traditional and modern methods is contributing to our success as gardeners and being able to fill our freezers. The thrown vegetables To can vegetables and fruits. That's the importance cannot be understated at all. I mean it can't be overstated as the importance for food security especially in places out here in the literal desert where there are many food desserts especially on reservations and Some herbs some suburban areas. Some folks have to go a long way to the grocery store. We're lucky that we're close here in Santa Fe to a lot of you know a veil ability for Farmers Markets and supermarkets and a lot of people. Don't have that and so it's as important to me even though we have that availability is just as important as it is to somebody out on the reservation Well away from supplies and food availability. Sure in we're seeing the other side of that of wind supply. Isn't there and so James. Tell me about what you decided to plant this year. How it's going. How early did you start and we WANNA hear Your Garden Story to? You can give us a call. Share your thoughts. Share your stories at one. Eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight glad James I use a combination of some commercials varieties and traditional varieties heritage varieties. I my family is in possession of several varieties of corn that might try took from Nebraska Oklahoma when we resettled into Indian territory when we got our agency We were very fortunate there. Several families among the Ponti who are in possession of these Koren's of one being called an eagle corn. It's a very sacred corn syrup. Ponti People There's a lot of hard work done through the Panis Preservation Project Under the leadership of deb Echo Hawk to preserve these varieties and now they're freely available tribal members and even trouble members like us who are away from our home area. They sent him in the mail to us and so I am delving more into the three sisters method. This year and traditionally that's been corn beans and squash. They're mutually beneficial companion planting concepts Like the beans give nitrogen to the corn and the squash. The squashed provides shade to keep the soil moist and the corn provides the stocks for the means to grow up. And I know a lot of people are doing this now. It's catching on all across the country. And so I'm using Ponti Blue Corn. I'm using a man Dan vining squash and I'm using black and white beans. That were I believe. Erroneously called Cave beings by some archaeologists who found some traditional being variety grown by the Pueblos here since their ancestral times. And so I. Have you know several different traditional variety working in conjunction to Create these gardens

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