Desert Harvesters is a non-profit, grassroots effort based in Tucson, Arizona. We strive to promote, celebrate, and enhance local food and water security by encouraging the planting of rain along with indigenous, food-bearing perennial plants (such as the velvet mesquite or Prosopis velutina,foothills palo verde, & desert ironwood trees, prickly pear cactus, saguaro cactus, barrel cactus) where we live, work, and play. We plant within or beside water-harvesting earthworks or rain gardens. This way these plants thrive and produce solely on passive rainwater irrigation – no imported surface or groundwater.
Then we educate the public on how to harvest and process the bounty. To that aim, we conduct guided harvests, put on an annual mesquite milling & wild foods fiesta, provide milling services to other organizations, provide wild native foods demonstrations and consulting services, and give public talks.
View upcoming volunteer needs and how to apply to them here: http://www.desertharvesters.org/volunteer-with-us/