Desert Harvesters and Native Foods

RIPE Altadena presents:

Desert Harvesters and Native Foods:

Put ‘em in your mouth, your yard, your street, and your neighborhood

Do you like free stuff? Do you like food? How about free food?

If you or like-minded friends live near Pasadena, you’re invited to come learn more about how you can enhance your pantry with free native and/or gleaned foods, harvested from your yard or right-of-way, neighbors’ yards (with their permission), and other spots where such foods are going to waste (and where it’s not illegal or just not right to help yourself)!

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2011
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Venue: Pasadena SDA Church Fellowship Hall, 1280 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena CA 91104
Cost: $10 at the door
For more information or to tell us you are coming, email us at

Check out this celebratory presentation by water-harvesting expert Brad Lancaster on the history of Desert Harvesters and other dynamo local-food efforts that have enriched the Tucson community, ecosystem, and palates – and how you can likewise enrich the community where you live.

Learn about grinding mesquite (and carob) pods with a hammermill or a Suzuki 4 x 4; irrigating food-producing street trees with the street; planting and picking the best tree-beans; throwing pie, mulch, and pancakes parties; creating a thoroughly delicious community-tasted cookbook; regenerating ecosystems in your pantry and landscape, and growing friendships and neighborhood networks while you’re at it!

Desert Harvesters ( is a volunteer-run, grassroots effort based in Tucson, Arizona, that strives to promote, celebrate, and enhance local food security and production by encouraging the planting of indigenous, food-bearing shade trees (such as the Velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina)) in water-harvesting earthworks, and then educating the public on how to harvest, process, and enjoy the bounty.