We tend kinship between land and people by growing and gathering bioregional crops and by creating thriving refuges for human and other-than-human communities.
Refugia are unique places of relative stability where species can flourish during immense ecological change. Amid upheavals in the social, ecological, political, and economic realities of our time, the word refugia informs our praxis: together, making refuge and taking refuge—for humans and others. We are dedicated to cultivating food-focused refuges that thrive through the present and coming storms of climate change, capitalism, colonialism, and ecological devastation. As we take on the obligations of kinship with the land, so too does the land take care of us.
Our main farm at the eastern base of the San Francisco Peaks (Timberline neighborhood). We also grow in a backyard garden nearby.
Alongside looking for collaborators, we actively seek places in and around Flagstaff and the greater region to sow seeds for low-maintenance vegetable, herb, pollinator, and wildlife gardens. These may include: residential yards, places of worship, vacant plots*, etc.
If you’re interested in participating—in growing, sharing land, sharing market booth space, visiting, volunteering, or whatever else—please contact us below!
Who We Are
We are a trio of young folk living near the San Francisco Peaks who care deeply about land, water, food, health, and our communities.
Caleb Eckert was born in Dena’ina and Ahtna territory in Alaska’s Matanuska-Sustina Valley and has lived much of his life on occupied lands at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. His draw to tend the land was grown in his childhood raising backyard chickens and giant vegetables in the far north, and through his undergraduate studies involving people’s relationships to place, water, and settler colonialism. Through farming and media-making, he seeks to support regional food sovereignty and tend lively, contemplative kinships with and among others.
Heather White is a born-and-raised Flagstaff local, and was raised by the colorful canyons, dark thunderheads, and winds whipping through the pines of this place. Her ancestors come from the southern slopes of the Dolomiti. Her formal background in land-work includes a degree in Sustainability from Arizona State, working with the Arboretum at Flagstaff in native and endemic plant research and preservation, and work with the Grand Canyon Trust in ecosystem restoration on the Mogollon Rim. Currently she is pursuing a masters’ degree from Northern Arizona University in the Sustainable Communities program and completing her Permaculture Design Certification. She wrestles with questions of meaningful relationship with Place as a non-native person in a settler-colonial society, and questions of community and kinship in our rapidly shifting and unsettling world.
Nick Schierl is an Arizona native who got his undergraduate degree in Forestry at Northern Arizona University, focusing on fire ecology and forest pathology. He has contributed to forestry and botany research for the Museum of Northern Arizona, NAU, and the USFS. Nick is interested in adapting his knowledge of native ecology and resource management to serve the local food system of Flagstaff. In his spare time, he enjoys being outside backpacking, bouldering, or going somewhere new.
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* Land, teeming with life, is never “vacant,” though this term is widely used in urban land management contexts.