Lee-Ann Hill; M.A. Cultural Ecology
Owner of Laughing Wolf Farm and Special Projects Coordinator for Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance
During her career in land management protections and conservation, Lee-Ann became exceedingly interested in land practices that supported and offered ecological services. This interest led her to a Masters' Program at Prescott College where she studied traditional land management with an eye on food systems. She conducted her thesis research in Northern New Mexico with Pueblo and Hispano farmers. She also worked on an organic farm in Abiquiu and a seed farm at the Tesuque Pueblo. The seed farm was a critical step on her path that became a focus on seed adaptation and seed sovereignty.
By the end of her Masters' studies, Lee-Ann was hooked on farming and seeds. After working at a farm in Costa Rica, she returned to her "homeland" in Northwest Colorado, where the winters are exceptionally long and the growing season is exceptionally short. Her career and her passion led her to Southwest Colorado, to work on river conservation and start her own farming operations where she contemplates and integrates water and landscape conservation, and seed adaptation.
As we move into a future of climatic uncertainty, how we work our land and water is critical. Many current practices are simply unsustainable. Keeping our water in our watersheds for food that provides nourishment for our communities, along with honest evaluations about the carrying capacity of our watersheds, are necessary to maintain healthy environments that will continue to provide for us. Organic and ecologically-minded practices are essential. Seed saving and seed adaptation will ensure that we are growing with the changes. Let us be thoughtful stewards of the land so our children's children have clean water, healthy food, and healthy futures.
Visit this blog on the Southwest Farm Fresh Co-op website and the Mesa Verde Country blog to learn more about Laughing Wolf Farm.