We spent a little over a week working with Borderlands Restoration Network, or BRN, a non-profit organization located in Patagonia, Arizona. The goal of BRN is to foster a restorative economy in the area through wildlife restoration, creating relationships across the border, and sustainable farming. Over the course of our time there, we had a diverse range of experiences and met with several contacts to learn more about the area. We learned a lot, and we also got our hands dirty by getting involved with some farming.
Picture 1: Guch, a lifetime rancher, activist, and contact of BRN, took our group to parts of the border wall and explained many of the political issues surrounding the area.
Picture 2: Anya harvesting vegetables at Deep Dirt Farm. We took vegetables back to our site and made a delicious dinner with them.
Picture 3: Our group holding a full sized, dead agave plant above our heads.
Picture 4: Our view from our place at BRN.
Picture 5: Caleb, a contact from BRN, gave our group a wildlife tour of the unique surrounding area.
Picture 6: Our group weeding at the community garden in Patagonia, Arizona.
PC: 1, 4, 5, 6: Noah Whitaker
PC: 2, 3: Kate Abraham