Spirit Farm is located on ancestral lands in the desert of New Mexico at the edge of the Navajo Nation. The farm was founded to reconnect the community back to the historical, spiritual and physical practices of caring for the Earth and growing nutrient-dense food. The root of the work done at Spirit Farm is about regenerative practices and healthy soil. It is about understanding the ancient ways while embracing innovation. It is a place for renewal, revival and reciprocity. It is about indigeneity. We are all indigenous to this planet and are called to be stewards together. Our relationship with the land and with each other is the beginning of regeneration.
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Instead of viewing the science of a farm from a reductionist mindset, we need to incorporate biology through the lens of spirituality. The physical and spiritual are connected and calling out to be unified and aligned. Incorporating indigenous ways back into growing food means understanding the land, the people, and the climate through a framework that leads to flourishing results. There is alignment in soil health, nutrition and wellness.
We are all in a state of remembering and coming back to the wisdom of connection. There is no better way to find what we are looking for than to spend time with Shima Nahatsaan, Mother Earth. She holds the solutions to all we have forgotten. Our mission at Spirit Farm is to apply Indigenous wisdom while integrating creative solutions energized by nature. Our farm provides experience and training to grow nutrient-rich foods in the high southwestern desert. We can only do our work by connecting to the land.
The word regeneration is used culturally to talk about the renewal of a broken biological farming system. Slowly, the pieces that have been separated are coming back together in a way that honors the land and people. The definition of regeneration also means spiritual renewal or revival. We believe the only way for the true regeneration of our food system is by integrating physical practices with spiritual renewal. This is Indigenous regenerative intelligence and holds the ancestral wisdom for future generations and our planet to thrive.
When James and Joyce Skeet moved back to this ancestral land to care for James’ parents, they began to experience the disconnect between people and the land. Similar to what we have experienced on a large scale, years of tilling and conventional farming have left the soil depleted and people sick.
Honoring the elders meant learning from them – both their wisdom and mistakes. James’ parents were suffering from diabetes which could be solved through food. They took a deep dive into understanding health policy and how food is medicine. The indigenous perspective of what it means to heal both the land and ourselves needed to be remembered.
It is possible to eat healthier when we are connected to the local land and understand the value of the microbes in our soil. The plants are reaching out to heal us but we play a role – and our microbiome is connected to the soil beneath our feet.
LOCAL IMPACT, GLOBAL INSPIRATION
The work we do is very connected to the land and our community. We run workshops, conduct research, train and educate staff and volunteers, partner with local community leaders, innovate new technology solutions, and measure the effectiveness of farming methods on our land in the desert of New Mexico. We do this to elevate the health outcomes of our people for generations to come. Yet, we do this knowing we are connected to a planet that needs entrepreneurial, spirit-minded people to work on practical solutions for food. We hope to be an inspiring organization, sharing our learning and wisdom with anyone aligned with the spiritual implications of regenerative agriculture and wellness.