Market Workshop: Native Seeds/SEARCH

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The temperatures may be scorching this time of year but there are still many vegetables that can thrive in your garden! The monsoon season is the traditional time to plant in the low desert of the Sonoran Desert. Melissa Kruse-Peeples from Native Seeds/SEARCH. will discuss several different varieties of monsoon appropriate seeds such as tepary beans, chiles, tomatos, cowpeas, suqash, and more. Many of the varieties discussed have been grown here for thousands of years and are well adapted to our harsh conditions and thrive with little water and hot weather. Guests will be able to enter a drawing to take home seeds from Native Seeds/SEARCH to plant this monsoon season. Handouts about aridlands gardening will be provided.

Melissa is the Education Coordinator for Native Seeds/SEARCH, a non-profit seed conservation organization based in Tucson. Formerly the Conservation Manager for this organization, she has worked intimately on preserving hundreds of rare crop varieties that offer valuable characteristics for sustainable agriculture in aridlands. She received her PhD in anthropology from Arizona State University where she studied sustainable water harvesting and soil management techniques of ancient indigenous agriculture of the Southwest. After a brief stint down south, she has returned to the valley and continues to work for Native Seeds/SEARCH offering workshops and learning opportunities about seed saving, gardening in the desert, and the history of Southwestern agriculture.

This workshop is FREE but registration is required.

$10 suggested donation day of workshop.  Register here..

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Market Workshop: Harvesting Rainwater

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Monsoon season will be here before we know it, so this season discover how to Harvest Rainwater with Valley Permaculture Alliance.  Lindsay Ignatowski, from Watershed Management Group., will be discussing rainwater and greywater and how to determine what you are able to use.  Guests will leave understanding the landscape around them and how to reduce water use by utilizing alternative water.

This workshop is free to the public, but please RSVP Here so we can ensure you have a seat.

Meet Lindsay Ignatowski
Program Coordinator and Development Associate, Watershed Management Group

Lindsay is a Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner and holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois. Previously, she studied Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Kansas, and studied abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica. A member of WMG’s Phoenix branch, she coordinates the Hydrate educational program and Green Living Co-op. Lindsay is passionate about building community by connecting people to resources and helps share WMG’s mission through hands-on workshops, social media, and educational events. She specializes in providing education on water budgets, hands-on learning activities, and helping people apply water-harvesting principles to their own homes.

Mother’s Day Brunch

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Mesquite Harvesting Workshop

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Mesquite tree bean pods from the three common species – honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), screwbean mesquite (Prosopis pubescens) and velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina) – are some of our desert’s greatest edible treasures. Mesquite flour has a low glycemic index and is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc. Saguaro fruits boast high vitamin C, B12, and dietary fiber.

Join Valley Permaculture Alliance at the Phoenix Public Maret to learn how to harvest ripe pods and store them until you are ready to mill or grind the beans. This is an onsite talk and demonstration, designed to teach you to harvest from the mesquite trees you might have in your yard or neighborhood. Come prepared to share your favorite Mesquite and native food recipes with the other participants, if you know a good one.

The workshop will be followed by a cooking demonstration by Chef Aaron Chamberlin.

This workshop is free, but per-registration is required.  Get your tickets here.

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Spring Workshop Series: Harvesting Nopal

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March 19: Harvesting Nopal Workshop & Demonstration

Monika Woolsey of Hip Veggies will be at the market teaching guests about Harvesting Nopal.

Did you know, there are over 1,000 edible plants in the Sonoran Desert? And that one of them, the prickly pear, or nopal, has been a staple vegetable in indigenous diets for centuries? Did you know this plant has been found to have multiple health benefits?  Come learn why Nopal is more than just a pretty landscaping face!

Pre-registration is required HERE A suggested donation of $10 can be made day of workshop.

This Spring learn about Harvesting in the Sonoran Desert at the Phoenix Public Market!  Mark for your calendars April 9th for our Harvesting Mesquite Workshop and Demonstration, with Kate Radosevic from Valley Permaculture Alliance.

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