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Desert Harvesters Community Services

Wild Foods Consultations                                                                                                                                                                                                             Site assessment of your home, school, or place of business to incorporate native food-bearing plants/food forests watered primarily with captured rain and run-off to ensure water and food security and to highlight native desert foods into meals and lifestyle

Mesquite Millings and Trainings                                                                                                                                                                                              Learn best harvest, processing, and storage practices for mesquite pods, how to inspect pods for quality and food safety, and how to participate in annual community mesquite pod millings

Delicious Desert Slideshow:                                                                                                                                                                                                             A colorful overview of the amazing abundance and variety of Sonoran Desert/AZ Uplands native foods and plants, and delicious recipes created from them


Classes, hands-on workshops

Cooking and desert living skills demonstrations at Santa Cruz River Farmers Market

Seasonal Guided Harvest Walks, Tour & Taste Events, Forage and Feast

Meet & Eat self-guided explorations

Webinars, zoom classes, DH You-Tube videos


Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and Living

The Desert Can Feed You Native Plant Food Guides                                                                                                                                               Information and inspiration for care and harvesting of perennial wild foods in urban and suburban settings  featuring: ID, planting, and harvesting tips; free pocket tri-fold guides to print; Spanish and English versions (Mesquite, Ironwood, Palo Verde, Prickly Pear, How to Prune Multi-Trunked Desert Trees)

Desert Harvesters facebook page


Return Photography: Sonoran Desert Plant & Portraiture Project

Get Involved! Submit stories, art, and photos of you and your wild foods recipe, favorite native plants, animals, season, etc

NEON: Neighborhood Empowerment & Outreach Network/ Nourishment-Education-Opportunity-Networking


Arizona Homemade Artisans 

has grown out of our desire to share a re-creative approach 

to Sonoran Desert living. 


In our view, everything is- and should be- interconnected: 

building (including sculpting, drawing, painting!), gardening, self-care,  

wild-crafting, cooking, conserving, recycling and regenerating 

our art-full relationship with place. 


The art of "home-making" strengthens neighborhoods and nature, 

nourishes us, and feeds a common hunger 

for an authentic way of life. 

We want to collaborate with individuals and organizations 

to grow AHA into a useful bridge, inspiring and  connecting 

old, new and aspiring artisans around the region.   


We recognize that although we are all here together working for 

a better world now, the history of occupation and privilege has enabled 

abuses of people and nature that continue to this day. 

We want to help change the story, to work collaboratively for truth,

justice and reconciliation in our dynamic, diverse and remarkable 

Sonoran Desert community.


Building on many years of desert foods and living demonstrations 

at Thursday Santa Cruz River Markets for Community Food  Bank, 

and over thirty years raising families, gardens and green buildings, 

friends and fellow teachers Jill Lorenzini and Barbara Rose 

feel inspired to further this work in the larger community. 

The Community Food Bank has engaged us 

to present 23 demonstrations at 2020 

Santa Cruz River  Farmers Markets. 

Follow-up workshops at the farm 

enhance and reinforce our free 

market presentations.    

 We'd  like to grow these kinds of offerings and empower more homemade artisans 

to share their passion and diverse skills, at the farm, market 

and around southern Arizona.    

We're inviting conversation with all organizations and individuals 

who would serve their vision, mission and purpose by collaborating with AHA. 

Please share your thoughts and interest with us!  

We're looking forward to hearing from and creating with you!

Attend and support these events. 

Provide scholarships to partners, employees and young people. 


We want our events to be as accessible as possible to all.

No donation is too small! To find out how you can help 

support this effort,  please contact: 



Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods & Living: Submit recipes and photos for the next reprint/revision/re-envisioning of the cookbook

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