Field trip to Ramona Farms - Akimel O'Odham Owned

Always forming new relations, this morning I took a field trip to Ramona Farms, located on the Gila River Indian Reservation, about 45 minutes from my house.  (One hour if you want to count the 15 minutes I was lost near the cemetery). My visit was prompted by a cooking demonstration I am giving next week (Native Foods for Health), in which I am using their products.  So naturally I was curious for more information about the traditional foods they grow at the farm. 

Arriving there, I couldn't believe how big the farm and it's operation were! It's spread out in various areas, with crops growing on different fields depending on variety and planting season.  Although I didn't get to meet Ramona, I was blessed to sit down with Alyssa Dixon, the farm's Customer Support Specialist and member of the Gila River Indian Community - Akimel Ootham.  She was a wealth of knowledge about the foods they grow there, and we had a great energy exchange discussing food memories of her grandmother, community, and the nurturing it takes to grow these foods.  I was personally smitten with their Heritage Collection which included pinole and tepary beans. I bought a bag of their mesquite Roasted Pima Corn (Huuñi Ga'i) to anxiously experiment with at home.  So check back later to see what I do with it :)  

Please check out their website to read their story. Their foods are all natural and certified authentic to be made by/produced by American Indians. 

Ramonafarms.com

Alyssa Dixon of Ramona Farms

Alyssa Dixon of Ramona Farms

Roasted Pima Corn

Roasted Pima Corn

Beautiful corn grown on the farm

Beautiful corn grown on the farm