A great feature on the local movement here in Tucson towards utilizing native agriculture.
Desert Harvesters is co-organizing Tucson events to plant, harvest, mill, and celebrate local wild foods in the month of June—the peak of our native bean trees’ harvest season.
Why is this happening in hot June and not the cooler fall?
Because many of our essential native wild food plants are now in the process of pumping out incredible fruit, seed, and bounty in preparation for the first summer rains, which typically begin sometime between June 24—Día de San Juan—and July 4. This way, when the rains come, they will enable the seeds to germinate and grow abundantly—especially where the rain is planted, or harvested, with the seed.