From IIR’s website:

The Churro is one of the most hardy livestock animals alive today and one of a handful of regional livestock species in the world that is still viable with traditional Pastoralist cultures. Over centuries, landrace livestock breeds like the Original Churro that live alongside traditional cultures, have developed the ability to thrive in marginal landscapes like the Desert Southwest and metabolize bio-diverse vegetation into a range of valuable products.

It is the mission of the Navajo Sheep Project to preserve and breed back Navajo-Churro sheep so they can return to their historic place and purpose among the Navajo and Hispanic cultures. It is the further mission of the Project to see that the return of the Churro benefits the people to whom it has historic and cultural importance. Through the return of the Churro, the Project encourages a revival of authentic Navajo and Rio Grande weaving styles, which will improve the economic well being of those who raise Churro and weave wool.


Investments in Resilience (IIR), with support from the Navajo Sheep Project, has been working to secure and supply much needed feed to the shepherds of churro flocks in the Southwest.

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Katherine Tucker at Desert Churros Rovings, in Acton, just north of Los Angeles