Arizona Board of Regents for and on behalf of Northern Arizona University

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Applied Research & Development Bldg. #56
1298 South Knoles Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86011 - 0001
(928) 523-2182
AmeriCorps National Direct FY 2013

Executive Summary

Executive Summary

The Four Corners region is home to one of the oldest agricultural heritage systems in the country. Pressures from growth, modern lifestyles, industrial agriculture, and climate change have resulted in a severe decline in regional food and water security, community resilience and, consequent vulnerability to disaster, a pandemic of obesity and diabetes, and deteriorated and depleted watersheds. Over three years, during each service year approximately 50 AmeriCorps members (38 MSYs) working in the primary focus areas of Veterans & Military Families, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures and Capacity Building, will strengthen and expand sustainable agriculture, soil and water conservation, and nutrition and active lifestyle initiatives in over 100 Navajo and Hopi communities in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah portions of the Navajo and Hopi traditional homelands, and in neighboring communities of Flagstaff and the Verde Valley. We will recruit and hire veterans to engage other veterans as members and volunteers. Members will learn and apply traditional Hopi and Navajo agricultural practices integrated with evidence-based conservation practices, working with Native and non-Native farmers, ranchers, community members, and conservation professionals to grow food, develop new water resources, and install and monitor conservation practices on very limited resource Hopi and Navajo subsistence farms and ranches, thereby improving 240,000 acres of land. Through their leadership, peer-mentoring and role modeling, members will help 150 youth to learn experientially through school and community gardens and conservation projects how sustainable agriculture helps reduce obesity and diabetes through active lifestyles and healthy eating habits. Members will work with established community-based programs to build future capacity, increase community resiliency and improve the health of the land and the people. The requested CNCS investment of $471422 will be matched by $503,771.

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