When Ramona Button was a little girl, growing up near the Sacaton Mountains of central Arizona, her father shared his agricultural knowledge with the eager learner.

She learned about different plants and animals, natural features, and healthy eating options such as beans, squash and 60-day Pima corn, Button said.

Now, she runs her own operation, Ramona Farms, with her husband, Terry.

They are trying to increase the amount of native and traditional crops on their land.

"I think they're important to keep around, not only because of their healthy benefits, but because of their survival traits, (which) someday might be the key...we need to be able to reach in, and take some of that genetic material to reintroduce some of this vigor back into the commercial strains of crops to prevent famine in the future," Button said.

Button is from the Gila River Indian Community, and she said she hopes to encourage more of the community's members, as well as other people outside, to consider consuming more local and native foods.

The Buttons have been working with different nonprofit organizations, such as Native Seeds/SEARCH, which is based in Tucson.