Posted May 25th, 2021
by Kate Perdoni
Junita Martinez, a resident of the small village of San Francisco [in Southern Colorado], hopes educating the next generation of parciantes will help sustain water rights and the acequia tradition. Here, irrigation canals dug by hand almost 200 years ago are still used — but nature decides how much water they have to work with.
Water Is Life - "We're a land and water based people. I am a Chicana, I am a child of the corn. My parents were farmers," said Junita Martinez, a parciante (water-rights holder) and irrigator on the San Francisco Acequia. Her husband, José, was born in San Francisco. José's lineage goes back to the initial settlers of the community."
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