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.