Arriola Sunshine Farm – Navajo Churro Sheep

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We are in the business of harvesting solar energy & sequestering carbon with green growing plants to create healthy land, healthy animals, healthy people, and a healthy economy. 

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We produce abundant life on our farm, using nature as our guide and practice the holistic management of our resources. We generate real wealth in terms of solar dollars earned from collecting solar energy with green plants to create healthy food, people and animals. We also sequester carbon with green growing plants and turn it into soil with the aid of our grazing animals and poultry.

Working with nature to enhance our ecosystem includes promoting and sustaining healthy habitat for soil microbes, insects, animals, plants, and birds. We raise the majority of our food as well as wool and other products. Participating in our local food system is rewarding and enhances our economy.

You can taste the difference! Managing for healthy soils means our garden produce and meat products are packed full of nutrition. Our irrigation water from mountain snow melt is fresh and clear. Each night cool, pine scented mountain air flows through our garden and pastures enhancing the sweetness and flavor of our produce!

Heritage Breed Conservation

We are adamant about conserving endangered domestic livestock breeds to.  These breeds enhance the genetic diversity of livestock and are important to America’s rich history and culture.  Without special care to conserve these genetics, we are at risk of losing important characteristics and products these breeds offer.  Navajo-Churro Sheep are unique to the Colorado Plateau and are the first livestock breed to be developed in North America. Conservation of this sheep breed enhances diversity in domestic sheep and is critical to sustaining traditional Navajo culture and land stewardship. We promote the success of our fellow shepherds on and off the Navajo Nation through networking, collaboration & sharing.

Holistic Grazing Management Builds Soil

We use grazing plan that allows to be in the right place, at the right time, and for the right reason with our animals so our pastures and animals thrive. We monitor grazing on a daily basis and make adjustments as necessary to allow for enough recovery time for grass plants and provide optimum nutrition for our animals. Our animals are happy.  They move around freely and always have fresh grass and water. An abundance of green plants harvest carbon from the atmosphere and our grazing animals serve as “tools” to help us turn the carbon into organic matter. This carbon will remain in the soil for 35 years!

The Four Laws of Ecology:

One: Everything is connected to Everything Else. There is one ecosphere for all living organisms and what affects one, affects all.
Two: Everything Must Go Somewhere. There is no “waste” in nature and there is no “away” to which things can be thrown.
Three:  Nature Knows Best.  Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is likely to be detrimental to that system.
Four: There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch.  Everything comes from something.
Barry Commoner, from “The Closing Circle”, 1971. 

Aldo Leopold’s Conservation Ethic:

“Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.  Despite nearly a century of propaganda, conservation still proceeds at a snail’s pace; progress still consists largely of letterhead pieties and convention oratory.  On the back forty we still slip two steps backward for each step forward….. In our attempt to make conservation easy we have made it trivial. The answer, if there is any, seems to be in a land ethic, or some other force which assigns more obligation to the land owner.”
 Aldo Leopold, from “The Land Ethic,” from “A Sand County Almanac”, 1948.

We offer Training in Whole Farm Planning and Holistic Management

We have a lifetime of experience in farming and professional natural resource management to share with you.  Our approach is based on real life experience. We offer a free consultation so you may discover how you may learn from our experience.  We offer training in person and via telephone for beginning and experienced farmers and ranchers.

Our training program includes:  holistic decision making and problem solving skills, financial and business planning, grazing and pasture management, land health and monitoring, and topics relating to Navajo-Churro Sheep production. We offer a distance learning program that allows you to stay on the farm where you are needed while improving your ability to see the big picture, respond to change, and become sustainable.  We are also available for speaking and in-person workshops on a variety of topics.  Find out more at



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Farming in Natures Immage Since 1987