harvesting paloverde seeds
processing mesquite beans
desert food demo
Workshops and Events
Fall/Winter Workshops, Events and Collaborations
For Harvesting, Homesteading, Demos, and registration info, check HERE
We will be serving CSP customers and guiding harvest walks at our monthly farmstand.
For farmstand info, sign up for our monthly newsletter
Workshop collaborators & partners:
LorenziniWorks, Community Food Bank, Desert Harvesters and friends
More Workshops and Opportunities
Sonoran Permaculture Guild offers day and weekend workshops as well as the annual 72-hour
Permaculture Design Course each February, which we highly recommend
Traditional Animal Processing
February TBA, 2018, 8:00am-5pm INFO
$250, $225 early registration (by January 5)
Instructors: Jeff Sanders and assistants
Desert DAWN’s Traditional Animal Processing Workshops provide students with the opportunity to learn to slaughter, skin, eviscerate, butcher and cook a medium sized animal (sheep or goat) in a traditional way, using little more than one’s knife. The methods taught are what one would use to provide meat for a family, similar to methods used on a small farm or while hunting.
"We will identify the parts of the animal and learn how to process the muscles, sinews, tendons, intestines and organs, as well as share some ways to cook the edible parts. Students will prepare lunch from what the animal provides, and local desert foods will accompany the meal. Additional processing will include preparing the hide, bones and hooves to be made into usable tools, clothing, musical instruments or adornments. Examples of projects students can choose to work on will be on hand: tools, sinew and intestine cordage,
hoof rattles, hide glue and more."
Registration and info here
Past Workshops (some are scheduled annually)
Desert Harvest Series and Homestead Demos at Mercado San Agustin, and More
A whole year of free downtown demos are planned with support from Community Food Bank.
Half-day Saturday workshops, sliding scale and *affordable, follow up on demos for those who want to delve deeper into local desert foods, and make food justice/food security more delicious!
Follow-up workshops are at Bean Tree Farm and other locations (TBD)
Desert Harvest Series
February 16: Winter Greens Demo at Mercado
March 23: Cholla Bud Demo at Mercado
April 1: Cholla Bud Harvest, Processing & Feast 8:30am-12pm (Bean Tree Farm or TBD)
We will harvest and safely process cholla buds, enjoy them in several recipes and share in a feast with other delicious, nutritious seasonal foods.
Registration and info here
January 19: Twig Stove Demo at Mercado
Learn how to make a portable, efficient, twig-burning stove using recycled cans, simple hand tools, and basic heating principles and design. Boil water and sample prickly pear tea.
January 21: Twig Stove Workshop (Bean Tree Farm or TBA)
February 23: Fermenting Demo at Mercado
Fermentation is a great way to preserve surplus seasonal foods. It's also a tasty way to introduce probiotics into your diet. Learn the basics behind kimchi/kraut, kombucha, and kvass (desert version using prickly pear in place of beets).
March 4: Fermenting Workshop & Feast 8:30am-12pm, Bean Tree Farm
Fermentation is a great way to preserve surplus seasonal foods. It's also a tasty way to introduce probiotics into your diet. We will make kimchi/kraut, kombucha, and kvass (desert version using prickly pear in place of beets) and share other ferments and delicious, nutritious seasonal foods.
Registration and info here
Nopalitos Demo Thursday, May 11 4-7 pm with Desert Harvesters’/ Mano Y Metate's Amy Valdes-Schwemm Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Mercado San Agustín, Tucson Learn how easy it is to collect nutritious cactus pads from your own yard or neighborhood, and how to prepare a tasty molé everyone will love. All Mercado demos are free and open to the public! Sponsored by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Farmstand and Desert Harvest Walk May 12, 5:00-7:00 pm Bean Tree Farm Harvest Walk begins at 5:30 Join us at the monthly farmstand for visiting, shopping, touring & tasting new & current products, and feel free to bring a potluck desert treat to share!
Paloverde and Nopalito Harvest Workshop & Feast May 13, 8am-1pm with Jill Lorenzini and friends Bean Tree Farm $35-$50 sliding scale, registration/info here. Please specify the workshop you're inquiring about. Learn to harvest, process, store & create desert delicacies: tried & tested recipes & tips to invent your own specialties. All workshops and events include discussion & resources to grow Sonoran Desert foodscapes in your yard & neighborhood. We work hard to offer our workshops to all who are inspired to attend, and gratefully welcome contributions to the scholarship fund. Please contact us if you would like to help!
Fundraiser for Desert Harvesters La Cocina May 16, 6-10pm Join us for an evening of great food and celebration! Paloverde beans, cholla buds, barrel cactus fruit and more will be featured on LaCo's special menu!
Harvest & Cook with Wild Abundance Workshops, Fall 2016
Enjoy seasonal Sonoran Desert flavors and unique recipes with other interested folks in this tasty educational series. Learn to harvest, process, store & create desert delicacies- tried & tested recipes & tips to invent your own specialties. Workshops include discussion & resources for creating Sonoran Desert foodscapes in your yard & neighborhood. These workshops follow up on free demos listed below.
November 19- Creating Salsas, Chutneys & Sauces with Wild Ingredients 8:30am-12:00pm More opportunities to cook with prickly pear & other Sonoran Desert foods stored from seasonal harvests- including prickly pear reductions, ferments, bean tree products & more. Bean Tree Farm is known for unusual condiments featuring desert foods- we'll share recipes & inspire you to create your own! $35-$50 sliding scale* Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info & registration. Discount for Desert Harvesters members & volunteers
December 3- Barrel Cactus Harvest & Wild Winter Feast 11am-2:00pm Join us for a barrel cactus fruit harvest, preparation, & feast! Holiday fare features drinks & specialties from Bean Tree Farm & farmer friends around Baja Arizona. $35-$50 sliding scale* Email email@example.com for info and registration. Discount for Desert Harvesters members and volunteers
December 3- Bean Tree Farm Holiday Bazaar 3-5:00pm We will be offering farm products, local arts, crafts and books, and holiday gift baskets. $5-$10 donation benefits Desert Harvesters.
Harvest Series Demos at Mercado San Agustin (downtown Thursday Farmers Market) A collaboration with Community Food Bank, Desert Harvesters and Friends Thursdays thru 12/1/'16- FREE