"Farming is the backbone of Pueblo culture and traditions.…our lifeline. When we farm, we have food; When we farm, we have togetherness; When we farm, we have continued existence." Affiliated Pueblo Committee
Despite the rugged landscape, scarce rainfall, short growing season, and temperature extremes of the Pajarito Plateau, the Ancestral Pueblo people successfully grew corn, beans and squash – the basis of their diet. Combining dry-farming techniques and locally adapted seeds, they devised ingenious techniques that helped their crops survive.