Archive for February 26th, 2012

Free Public Talk: Desert Harvesters and Native Foods, with Brad Lancaster, sponsored by Keep Sedona Beautiful, March 23, 2012 – Sedona AZ

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Keep Sedona Beautiful Speaker Series:

A series of monthly presentations on subjects of community interest that are aligned with the Keep Sedona Beautiful Mission: Preserving the Wonder™

Speaker Series events are typically held on the third Wednesday of each month beginning in September and ending in June.

Note that the March event will be on Friday evening, March 23.

Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Location: Pushmataha Center • 360 Brewer Road • Sedona AZ 86336
Venue phone: (928) 282-4938

Brad will give a talk on Desert Harvesters, a group he co-founded in Tucson that celebrates and promotes the native foods of the Sonoran desert. Desert Harvesters’ Eat Mesquite! cookbook, along with signed copies of Brad’s water-harvesting books, will be available for sale after the talk.

Desert Harvesters and Native Foods: Put ‘em in your mouth, your yard, your street, and your neighborhood
This is a celebratory presentation 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.

Free wine and appetizers will be served by KSB.
Admission is free and open to the public, donations are appreciated.

For KSB’s most recent presentations visit their Home Page for Upcoming Activities and Events.

Keep Sedona Beautiful’s 33rd Annual Native Plant Workshop, March 24, 2012 – Sedona AZ

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Brad Lancaster and Jan Busco will be the two keynote speakers for Keep Sedona Beautiful’s 33rd Annual Native Plant Workshop

Native Hedgehog Cactus in full bloom. Photo courtesy of Gerry Snyder.

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Time: Doors open at 7:45 am. Event runs from 8:30 am to 3 pm

Location: West Sedona School
Address: 570 Posse Ground Road

Cost: In advance: $20 KSB members, $30 Non-members. An extra $10 per ticket will be charged at the door.

Topic of Brad’s talk:
Planting the Rain: Principles, Practices, and Tips for Water-Harvesting Earthworks and Raingardens
Plant the rain before you plant your trees to boost production, reduce flooding, conserve water, and create sustainable oases around your homes and community infrastructure. Raingardens and other small-scale earthworks quickly infiltrate rainfall into the soil where less is lost to evaporation, while reducing erosion. Living ‘pumps’ of vegetation then enable us the access that water. Come learn simple principles and tips to leverage greater success as you implement these simple and effective passive systems. This presentation builds on Brad’s basic water-harvesting talk, while offering more specifics and case studies. Working examples and case studies will be highlighted.

Brad will sell & sign his books after his talk and during lunch. Desert Harvesters’ Eat Mesquite! cookbook will be available for purchase as well.

Jan Busco, Horticulturist at Grand Canyon National Park, will speak on: Getting the Best from Your Native Plants

The format will be similar to last year’s, with a full day program, two keynote speakers, and attendance of two workshops from a selection of eight options: composting, container gardening, managing invasive plants, insects for home & garden, native plant essential oils, highland cacti, fire ecology and hydroponics.

Breakfast beverages and savories and a bag lunch are included with registration.

There will also be opportunities to bid on items at a Silent Auction fundraiser.

For more information and to register, go to or call 928-282-4938.