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Desert Harvesters (DH) is based in Tucson, Arizona, in the beautiful, unique Sonoran Desert. For over twenty years Desert Harvesters has supported and grown community food and water security by inspiring the “re-wilding” of urban and suburban neighborhoods with delicious, drought-hardy, super-nutritious desert food plants, and cooking up affordable, place-based recipes anyone can create in their kitchen: A Grass-Roots Gastronomy!

Welcome to DH’s new website!

This site is under construction until projected completion by early 2022. Access the old website with this LINK. In response to your feedback and input, the new site is designed to be more organized, user-friendly, easier to navigate, visually engaging, interesting, and interactive.

Desert Harvesters is grateful to be able to work within traditional Tohono O'odham,

O'odham Jeweḍ and Pasqua Yaqui homelands, and acknowledges our ongoing commitment

to un-learn and help change colonial behaviors through personal and group work.


As of late summer 2021, Desert Harvesters has SOLD OUT of the first 3,000 copies of our award-winning cookbook.

Desert Harvesters is considering options for reprinting a new revised edition (or a cooking graphic novella!?) which would require significant funding.  Original cookbook production was a labor of love, partially funded by a generous grant from LUSH. Cookbook printing expenses were offset by book pre-sales and crowd-funded donations, thanks to YOU!!       

We would love to hear from you about what kind of publication would be the most useful, collaborative and inspiring. Send us your thoughts, and please make a donation if you'd like to support the publication of a revised 2nd edition!

NEON:  Neighborhood  Empowerment and Outreach Network

Desert Harvesters has launched  NEON, a group on our facebook page! We welcome you to join NEON, it's easy. Click the link for all the details. NEON encourages folx to connect and exchange resources focused on planting, tending, harvesting, processing, sharing, innovating, and using foods from local native Sonoran Desert food forests and Sky Islands!


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Calling all volunteers!


Desert Harvesters thanks the following organizations for ongoing support and generous funding over many years:

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Santa Cruz River Farmers Market, Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Farm; PRO Neighborhoods, State of Arizona Forestry Division-Urban and Community Forestry Financial Assistance Program; Tecovas Foundation; Threshold Foundation; LUSH; La Cocina Cafe & Cantina; Food Conspiracy Co-op. We also appreciate decades of enthusiastic support from diverse members of the Tucson community, including many wonderful volunteers, members, donors, event partners, and old and new friends of Desert Harvesters. Thanks also to everyone  who has purchased cookbooks, bandanas, posters, seedballs, and other Desert Harvesters Store products and services!

Desert Harvesters has a new fiscal sponsor- Arizona Homemade Artisans! (AHA). A registered Arizona nonprofit, by the end of the year AHA should  receive final approval from the IRS as a 501(c)(3), and your donations will qualify for a tax deduction.

We look forward to ongoing and new collaborations for Sonoran Desert deliciousness!

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