We also meet Tiana Suazo, the Executive Director of Red Willow Farm on Taos Pueblo. After getting her Degree in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College, Tiana returned to her roots where she diligently works to advocate for healthy wetlands and farm management to educate the youth about sustainable food production in these challenging times. The ongoing impacts of climate change, variable snowpack and long-standing drought are multiplied by the rapidly growing thirst for fresh water on all fronts. Tiana focuses on the task at hand and spreads her big smile everywhere she goes.
“I’m such a huge advocate of taking over your family land, cleaning those Acequias, and planting something there. For me, it’s time to reflect and meditate. These are our mountains that are so sacred to us. It’s where we get our water. Snowfall collects in our Rio Pueblo and in the mountain springs above us. We’ve been able to channel the water with terraces that feed the berries. It’s like an easter egg hunt sometimes. We just find little ones here and there.” – Tiana Suazo
Together, these two charismatic leaders reveal a sliver of hope in a surprisingly fertile yet fragile landscape where water and stewardship of integrated ecosystems are the focus of the day. Our small crew from the UNM-Taos Digital Media Arts program spent multiple days filming with both Tiana and Miguel as they eloquently shared their passion for growing local food and actively maintaining their cultural traditions. This episode also touches upon the complex Abeyta water settlement which has been a long-time in the making and has led to controversial deep water drilling in order to move water around and meet the increasing demand.
You can watch it here: www.riograndeserenade.com