There's a lot going on inside and out: cooking up desert food delights, building with earth, harvesting rain, growing soil, planting abundance, stewarding our watershed, sharing the bounty with the community.
We're in the Tucson Mountains foothills not far from downtown Tucson.
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Bean Tree Farm is a United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary.
Pre-paid farm cards and shares of our seasonal products are available. Or give the gift of a farm card to a friend!
Contact us for availability and about joining our farm share program.
Many of our products are live culture and lacto-fermented, and require refrigeration.
Pricing and availability vary depending on season and ingredients.
Contact us to make up a gift basket or a selection of desert foods for your event.
We offer farm tours and tastings by appointment, and schedule seasonal farmstands- email us for firstname.lastname@example.org
All workshops of the 2019 series include:
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Workshops build desert living skills, awareness and understanding in a beautiful and inspiring Sonoran Desert Botanical Sanctuary.
Relationships emerge between planting, building, sun, rain and resource recycling to enhance cooling, comfort and culinary creativity.
COB BOTTLE WALL BUILDING, SPRING HARVEST & FEAST
March 23, 8am-2pm, $125
Learn to build a beautiful little cob/bottle structure. Planning, design, building tips will empower you. Plenty of time for a desert harvest walk and feast.
COBBING & COOKING WITH CHOLLA
April 20, 9am-1pm, $75
There will be mud, straw, sand, water, and spring in the air. And there will be cholla buds to harvest, prepare and enjoy with other seasonal delights.
SAGUARO SOLSTICE CELEBRATION & HARVEST
June 23, 4:30-6:30pm, $50
Come thank the desert, stand with saguaros, hear the wind make music through their spines.
Sample cooling beverages and desert artisanal foods, including saguaro- our favorite Sonoran Desert fruit.
PARTY WITH PRICKLY PEAR FOR FOOD AND PLASTER
August 17, 8am-12pm, $75
Explore and enjoy the luscious fruit and prickly pad of Opuntia. As food, drink, medicine and building ingredient it is unsurpassed. In this late summer heat, cool off and clean off with a spritz from the hose at this mud-loving event.
A BERRY MERRY BRUNCH BUNCH
October 19, 9am-1pm, $75
Enjoy cooler fall weather, wolfberry/hackberry harvesting, possible plaster finishes, the fruits of our labor, and of the delicious desert.
Have your building skills inspired you to begin a back yard or community project? Share your plans and dreams with the group, and invite them to a work party!
BARREL CACTUS & WINTER SOLSTICE WONDERLAND WALK
December 21, 9am-1pm, $75
How many holiday treats and gifts can we create with barrel cactus fruit, fiber and seeds?
Explore the many culinary and other uses of barrel cactus, walk the site as we gather aloysia and winter herbs, share a feast, and celebrate the beginning of another season.
MORE 2019 WORKSHOPS, DEMOS AND OPPORTUNITIES
2019 DEMOS at SANTA CRUZ RIVER THURSDAY FARMERS MARKET
DESERT HARVEST AND HOME-MADE DEMO SERIES are held on 2nd and 4th Thursday afternoons.
Free and open to the public.
See listing below for details
PIMA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Bean Tree Farm, AHA and Desert Harvesters will be offering desert food demos, talks and presentations throughout 2019 at various libraries.
Check HERE for info on scheduling.
SPG offers day and weekend workshops as well as the annual 72-hour Permaculture Design Course each February, which we highly recommend.
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Bean Tree Farm offers internships and retreats.
Contact us for info and application.
We collaborate with people and organizations on visioning, site planning and design.
Contact us with your project ideas.
In April of 2013, I had the honor of being the first participant in Bean Tree Farm’s new retreat program. I had planned on staying for 5 days but on arrival and a tour of the grounds by Barbara Rose, I immediately decided to stay for 3 WEEKS.
I’m a permaculturalist living in Joshua Tree, CA. I picked Bean Tree Farm for my visit because I wanted a deeper understanding of drylands permaculture that I could take back and teach to my community. I could see that this would happen for me on BTF and that I needn’t look any further.
The drive from Joshua Tree to BTF was disheartening to say the least. More like heartbreaking. Mile after mile of exploited and left-for-dead desert due to exploitative agricultural practices that have depleted and salted the soil. And then there’s the endless urban sprawl. I was feeling pretty low right up until the moment I turned onto the BTF property. It honestly took my breath away. There, glistening in front of me was a fully intact permaculturalist’s dream with a healthy, diverse, and abundant Sonoran desert ecosystem. And the birds were singing! Everywhere!
What did I learn? Where to begin?? I learned about the amazing health giving properties of desert-harvested food. I learned about the simplicity and common sense of processing humanure into deep rich compost. I saw firsthand how it works to integrate all the systems so that they support each other – water harvesting, solar energy, composting,native food production, and buildings. And so much more! And then there are the people who live there. Smart, sweet and deeply knowledgeable. I love those people. And I send my gratitude again to them all for making me feel so welcomed. Barbara Rose, the permacultural designer of BTF, should be designated “A National Living Treasure”. I followed her around for 3 weeks, picking her brain. I’ve already passed a great deal of her information to my community and will continue to do so with my upcoming public talk on Drylands Permaculture. I hope to talk a bunch of my friends into coming with me to next year’s retreat.
Thank you BTF friends! - Jill G.
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