We are sorry to have to announce that Friends of the Well dissolved as an Arizona non-profit as of December 31, 2015. In the nine years the group existed we worked to preserve and enhance Montezuma Well National Monument as well as our community. Read about our many accomplishments here.

Our main project was the development and maintenance of the Traditional Use Garden at Montezuma Well. This interpretive garden hosted traditional Native American crops and demonstrated the flood irrigation techniques used by the ancient Sinaguan people. Using the same irrigation ditch that had been used for over 800 years.

The produce from the garden was used in many programs at the Monument such as Junior and Green Ranger programs, and seeds from the garden were distributed for free to the public.

While the FOTW garden at Montezuma Well does not exist anymore, one of our members formed a new non-profit group with the goal to create a similar educational garden at the future Verde Valley Archaeology Center site in Camp Verde. So hopefully the work we started of demonstrating ancient, sustainable agriculture and saving these heirloom seeds will live on. Read more below about this group and other organizations in the Verde Valley that strive to promote gardens, enhance and protect the environment and create sustainable communities.

Verde Valley Ancestral Gardens

Verde Valley Ancestral Gardens

Started by long time FOTW member Gerry Quotskuyva, the Verde Valley Ancestral Gardens will develop a demonstration garden at the future site of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde. You can learn more at the VVAG's Facebook page.

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Gardens for Humanity

Gardens for Humanity

Founded in 1996, Gardens for Humanity has worked for ecological education to help give our children and all members of our community the values, tools and experiences needed to seek and regain balance with the natural world. Our many Programs and Projects throughout the years have helped to enrich our Verde Valley area from personal wellness to schools and communities.

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National Park Service

National Park Service

Although FOTW no longer exists, please consider volunteering with the National Park Service here in the Verde Valley. The National Park Service welcomes volunteers and provides a rewarding way to give back to your community and enrich the visitor's experience. To volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator Krystina Isaac at (928) 567-3322 x223.