Brandon Francis

Brandon Francis is a plant researcher whose family has stewarded corn in the Black Mesa, NM area for several generations. He began his work with sustainable food systems at the Old Fort Lewis in Hesperus, CO where he completed an internship and apprenticeship  in sustainable agriculture methods. He has worked as a Research Laboratory Technician, Education Resource Coordinator and is currently a Graduate Research Assistant for NMSU at the Agricultural Science Center in Farmington, NM. As part of his research, he has been conducting high-elevation, Three Sisters experiments with seed varieties endemic to the Southwest, while deepening his connection to his Diné heritage through agriculture.

In this chat, we casually conversate about food sovereignty, grains, and the importance of intersecting food growing with childhood.