P.O.Box 87704, Tucson AZ 85754
Phone: 520.907.9471
Desert Plant Workshops

Click here to watch "Cuisine of the Desert: Foraging for Cholla Buds".

Some might call them primitive skills—we call them timeless technologies which every citizen of the desert should know. Throughout the seasons we schedule outdoor hands-on workshops to share knowledge of the desert shared with us by Native elders. We guide you in sustainable harvesting of desert foods and traditional medicines, then through culinary alchemy, into the joy and good health they provide.

Martha Burgess of Flor de Mayo has been nominated to the Board of Native Seeds/SEARCH. She taught a Monsoon Gardening Workshop for NSS members at the recent San Juan's Day Celebration at the Conservation Farm in Patagonia. Look for upcoming events sponsored by Flor de Mayo teaching about traditional Native foods, gardening, and harvesting, in support of Native Seeds/SEARCH.

Other workshops include traditional basketry techniques using native plants.

Our events are sponsored by several different organizations. For details, please see below.

Ongoing Native Foods Events:

Watch for Flor de Mayo at the St.Phillips Farmers’ Market on SUNDAYS (SE corner Campbell Avenue and River Road, Tucson, 8-noon in warm weather, 9-1 in winter)
Look for the heirloom beans, Native baskets, and traditional Native wooden utensils at the Flor de Mayo booth, just inside the north gate. See you Sundays with a colorful array of desert heirlooms--genetic diversity before your eyes, and lots of good nutrition info, gardening info, great recipe ideas, and sharing info about.....the seed-saving organization Native Seeds/SEARCH! In Tucson, SE corner of River Rd and Campbell.
See www.farmersmarkettucson.com.
Flor de Mayo is now a business sponsor for Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance.
Watch for announcements of activities sponsored by Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance.
Check out www.santacruzvalleyheritagealliance.org.
Native Food Workshops in Southeastern Arizona
Watch for new gardening and ethnobotanical workshops thru Native Seeds/SEARCH at www.nativeseeds.org and thru Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture at www.bajaAZ.org.
Cholla Cactus Flower Bud Harvest Workshops

Thursday, April 17, 2014 8am-11am, Tucson Mountain Park, registration via Pima County Parks & Recreation Adult Programs, 520-615-7855 x6.

Friday, April 25, 2014 8am-11am, west side Tucson, sponsored by Native Seeds/SEARCH, registration via www.nativeseeds.org, more info at 520-622-0830 x0.

For an account of traditional cholla bud harvesting by ethnobotanist and workshop instructor Martha Ames Burgess, check out Edible Baja Arizona vol 5, pp122-124 available online at www.ediblebajaarizona.com.

Watch for weekly posts by a small group of desert foodies at www.savorthesouthwest.wordpress.com.

Upcoming events:

Friday, June 13, 2014 Announcing a conference on mesquite as an agricultural crop
Mesquite: New Agricultural Traditions for an Ancient Food sponsored by Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture, UA Cooperative Extension and USDA Western SARE. More information at www.bajaaz.org. Click here to download registration flyer.
Around June 24, 2014
Watch for announcement for Dia de San Juan Blessing at the Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Farm in Patagonia at www.nativeseeds.org.