By Abbie PerraultMARFA – Agave Festival Marfa returns June 25 to 27 to celebrate the agave plant, its cultural influence and its connection to the Chihuahuan Desert by serving up a potent cocktail of history, culture, ecology, binationalism and tequila.
Johnson began the festival after hearing a Marfa Public Radio piece on the agave lechuguilla plant, an indicator species for the Chihuahuan Desert.
“The same story was telling me that climate change had reduced the population of agave lechuguilla significantly over 30 to 40 years.
I also learned that agave lechuguilla had been a significant part of indigenous culture in our area for many thousands of years.
So I’m trying to figure out how to be a part of that conversation.”Agave Festival Marfa begins Friday, June 25.