Wild Food Forestry Presentation and “Eat Mesquite and More” Book Signing in Albuquerque, NM

Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
Bookworks Albuquerque, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM

Planting, Stewarding, and Feasting (from) Wild Food Forests Where We Live Work and Play

A presentation by (and book signing with) Brad Lancaster, author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond and co-contributor to Desert Harvesters’ Eat Mesquite and More

This celebratory presentation is on Desert Harvesters and other dynamo local wild food and rain planting efforts that have enriched southwestern communities, ecosystems, and palates – and how you can likewise enrich the community where you live.

Desert Harvesters’ award-winning cookbook Eat Mesquite and More is your guide featuring 170 recipes from over 20 delicious southwestern food plants, and a few wild meats such as pack rat (the sweet meat of the desert). The book encourages a renaissance of “wild agriculture,” one that foregrounds the ethical harvesting and selection of wild foods with the re-planting of native food sources in urban and residential areas without imported water or fertilizers.

Learn about milling grains from native bean trees; irrigating food-producing street trees and understory plantings with runoff from the street; throwing wild food and mulching parties; how to incorporate wild foods into your diet, along with the menus of restaurants and breweries; all the while growing friendships and neighborhood networks!

Before you know it you’ll be putting wild foods in your mouth, your yard, your street, and your neighborhood as everyone’s health and joy grows.

Book sales and signing will follow the presentation.

More info at DesertHarvesters.org and HarvestingRainwater.com

Mandala of velvet and screwbean mesquite pods, desert ironwood, palo verde, and barrel cactus seeds, and dried cholla buds. Photo by Jill Lorenzini from Eat Mesquite and More


Mestiza cornbread. Photo by Ian Fritz from “Eat Mesquite and More”


Prickly pear harvest with friends and neighbors. Photo by Brad Lancaster from “Eat Mesquite and More”


Massive and delicious cholla buds of New Mexico


Emory oak acorns and meal. Photo by Jill Lorenzini from “Eat Mesquite and More”