2018 Workshops, Events and Collaborations

$250 for four workshops of any of 2018 series includes:
~ workshop materials
~ luncheon of desert foods at each event- our luncheons are legendary!
$75 per individual workshop
All workshops build desert living skills, awareness and understanding in a
beautiful and inspiring Sonoran Desert botanical sanctuary

Desert Bounty & Build: Workshop Series at Bean Tree Farm
February 24, March 31, April 28, May 19, morning through luncheon feast

Workshop size is limited. Details will be provided to confirmed attendees.
Registration & INFO: beantreefarm@gmail.com

Inspiration and Perspiration: Building AND Feasting are back!

BUILDING WITH EARTH AND DESERT MATERIALS: In this series of four monthly, hands-on workshops, we'll build* a plastered cob structure with earth that came from basins excavated for water harvesting, crafting, creating and artfully recycling resources on the farm.
And we’ll make and share delicious seasonal desert foods with participants.

1) February 24- Exploring culinary and other uses of barrel cactus
2) March 31- Expanding culinary and practical uses of spring greens and herbs
3) April 28- Enhancing culinary and practical uses of bean tree and other blooms, chia and more                                                        
4) May 19- Harvesting, culinary and practical uses of seasonal, stored, fermented desert foods and herbs (*building- weather permitting)

In this series we'll continue to explore Sonoran Desert Living- relationships between planting, building, sun, rain and resource recycling to enhance cooling, comfort and culinary creativity.  Cob building projects continue, weather permitting.

5) May 26- Sharing solar know-how, growing shade and bean tree recipes                                                                                                      
6) July 28- Wet summer salsas, drinks, ferments and compost                                                                                                                            
7) September 15- Preparing and processing summer's bounty, prickly pear and dried beans, berries and herbs                                                 
8) October 27-  Focus: dry-curing olives, upland mesquite, chiles and returning to green building projects

BUILDING COMMUNITY AND ABUNDANCE: Spread the spirit of generosity and gratitude with inspired seasonal desert foods and gifts          9) November 17 (or alt.24)- Baking Mesquite Treats and More: holiday gift-making, preserves, condiments etc. for your pantry                   
10) December 22- Warm Winter Holidays: with special desert foods-based sauces, seasonings and gifts


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 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

Past Workshops (some are scheduled annually)

Traditional Animal Processing: the Ethics and Flavor of Local Meat February 17&18, 2018, 8:00am-5pm $250, $225 early registration (by January 20)
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."

This year, besides holding a very informative, hands-on, and delicious two day Animal Processing workshop, we're focusing on some topics which we feel need more attention:
local food reduces waste- from production, packaging, processing, transport, and nutrient loss. What would our waste stream look like if every neighborhood had a butcher, a baker, a cheese-maker, an olive-curer, a desert foods creator, an egg "lady", a composter, a green solar builder? What will our neighborhoods look like if we build the​se skills among residents? Teach them to the kids? We hope these topics, and the wonderful and tasty way the workshop​ address them, inspire you to continue becoming part of the movement towards better food and better community!

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

Homestead Series
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 workshops@desertharvesters​.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 workshops@desertharvesters​.org 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

tasting kimchis

processing mesquite beans

desert food demo

Workshops and Events

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