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Desert Harvesters (DH) is based in Tucson, Arizona, in the beautiful, unique Sonoran Desert. For over twenty years Desert Harvesters has supported and grown community food and water security by inspiring the “re-wilding” of urban and suburban neighborhoods with delicious, drought-hardy, super-nutritious desert food plants, and cooking up affordable, place-based recipes anyone can create in their kitchen: A Grass-Roots Gastronomy!

Welcome to Desert Harvesters’ new website!

The site is under construction as of 2024.  It is being updated in response to community feedback to be more organized, user-friendly, easier to navigate, visually engaging, inspiring and interactive.                                            Thanks to all who have helped improve this site!

For updated information in both Spanish and English about tending, processing, cooking, and storing native Sonoran Desert plant foods, see our 15 NEW full-color Native Food Guides

Download and print all 15 to make your own Native Food Guides booklet! (mesquite, palo verde, ironwood, barrel, cholla, saguaro, prickly pear, pincushion, devil's claw, desert herbs, hackberry, wolfberry, desert greens, sky islands, desert seeds).

Desert Harvesters is grateful to be able to work within traditional Tohono O'odham,

O'odham Jeweḍ and Pasqua Yaqui homelands, and acknowledges our ongoing commitment

to un-learn and help change colonial behaviors through personal and group work.

Desert Harvesters's beautiful and useful "EAT MESQUITE & MORE" new cookbook edition is available on our Store page!

We are grateful for many years of funding and support from the Community Food Bank for seasonal Santa Cruz River Farmers Market Demos, and for CFB's THRIVING COMMUNITIES GRANTS, and for the  Community Foundation for Southern Arizona's VIVA LA VIDA LOCAL Fund, which helped fund the cookbook. 


NEON:  Neighborhood  Empowerment and Outreach Network

 Got something to share?                     Want something to harvest? 

Sign up to join NEON on our facebook page!

NEON was created for people to connect  and exchange desert foods and resources focused on planting, tending, harvesting, processing, sharing, innovating, appreciating, trading and using foods from local native Sonoran Desert food forests and Sky Islands.


Desert Harvesters thanks the following organizations for ongoing partnership, support, and generous funding over many years: