Saguaro Fruit Harvest

Saguaro Fruit Harvest: preparation, syrup, sweets and a special liqueur

Saguaro harvest marks the beginning of summer’s bounty, and the act of harvesting with gratitude is the traditional way to invite the return of monsoon rains.

We’ll be harvesting, preparing -and thanking saguaros for- their delicious, nutritious fruit; walking and learning about saguaro/ ironwood forest plants and the importance of stewardship of the Sonoran Desert; promoting re-wilding urban spaces with edible and medicinal plants; feasting on local foods and drink; and if mesquite, ironwood and palo verde beans are on the trees, we’ll do a little bean pickin’, too.

The time will probably be moved up to 8am-12pm (maybe even earlier if it works for participants) to stay a little cooler.

Workshop is $50 and includes lunch. Visit the website to register.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact me at For more information about the farm and/or related  workshops, see and

Solar and Energy Efficiency Seminar

Free Solar and Energy Efficiency Seminar
Arizona Energy Pros

3821 W. Costco Dr., Ste 119, Tucson, Az 85741

For all interested in attending a free energy efficiency and solar seminar. There will be some free drinks and snacks.

Get a free quote or stop by just to get some free information.

We have about 10 more seats to fill!
Call to RSVP 520-622-5511 or 602-832-6900

National Academy of Sciences Issues Warning!

The Academy of Sciences says:

”Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused primarily by the emission of greenhouse gases from human activities, and poses significant risks for a range of human and natural systems. Emissions continue to increase, which will result in further change and greater risks. Responding to these risks is a crucial challenge facing the United States and the world today and for many decades to come.”

Read the brief here, or perhaps watch the video…and you can also read the full report online.

WMG Call to Action

Ground-breaking Watershed Management Group Invites Public to Take Action

WMG invites the public to their OpenHouse Thursday, June 2nd 2011 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Ward III Council Office. Presentations by board, staff, and community members on local, regional, and international programs in sustainability will be featured. Come and learn about opportunities to get involved; find out how to join WMG as a volunteer, Co-op member, neighborhood leader, board member, program supporter, and much more.

WMG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has led the way in advocating urban sustainable living through community engagement, capacity building, and training. WMG program highlights include:  Creating eleven public water harvesting demonstration sites, including four of Tucson’s City Council Offices Training 100 professionals from the US, Canada, and Mexico through 10-day Water Harvesting Certification program Creating a unique Co-op to implement affordable backyard sustainability projects through a sweat equity model; WMG has run 65 half-day workshops to install cisterns, greywater systems, veggie gardens, chicken coops, and native habitat gardens Receiving the American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter’s “Making Arizona Competitive in the 21st Century Award” for our neighborhood-scale green infrastructure work in Rincon Heights neighborhood located south of the University of Arizona Publishing the most comprehensive guide on green infrastructure in the Southwest, “Green Infrastructure for Southwestern Neighborhoods,” with design details adopted by the City of Tucson, available for free download on WMG’s website

WMG is also developing programs in Phoenix, Santa Barbara, and the U.S./Mexico border region along with other international work. After successful projects in Costa Rica, Ghana, and Burkina Faso, WMG has established a permanent base in Panchgani, Maharashtra, India. Most recently WMG won YouTube’s 2011 Nonprofit Video Awards for a video on how to build a tippy tap – a simple hand-washing device that WMG has been teaching in India and Africa to prevent deaths caused by diarrhoea.

The Open House will be at Ward Three Offices, one of WMG’s water harvesting demonstration sites, located at 1510 E Grant Road. Please RSVP by email to or call 520-396-3266 by Monday, May 30th, 2011.
For information about WMG programs and opportunities please contact Lisa Shipek, Executive Director, at or 520-396-3266.

RUMBA-Pro Show

Barrie Herr, Committee Chair, and the RUMBA Committee of Tucson Clean and Beautiful are pleased to invite you to the first annual RUMBA-Pro Show! These RUMBA-Pros* have been generous to show their work at our student RUMBA competitions over the years, and it is time for them to have their own Show!

Please join us: Saturday May 21st from 10 AM—7 PM Artist’s Reception will start at 4 PM  Sunday, May  22nd from 11 AM—3 PM At the Long Realty Office at 1890 E. River (southwest corner of River and Campbell) with plenty of free parking.

Questions? Call Barrie Herr, (520) 235-3955

We look forward to seeing you there!

Common Ground Rocks the Heart

HEY healers, musicians, environmentalists, gardeners, artists, students, business owners, kids, dogs….

any body, EVERYBODY who wants to see REAL LOCAL COMMUNITY created in Tucson……

You’re INVITED to participate in Common Ground Tucson’s collaboration with the ROCK THE HEART JAM FEST, Sunday May 22nd 2011 at Armory Park, 4pm – 8pm.

Host a table for your organization – offer your healing skills – make music – make friends – just hang out, eat food, and… it’s all FREE.

It’s our 4th BIRTH day… as in… be a part of what we’re birthing.

Visit for more details or call 520-229-6147

Please pass this invite around. It takes a village.

350 Home & Garden Challenge

Transition US is committed to enabling action-oriented programs at the national level.  The Home and Garden Challenge is just such an opportunity. Inspired by the the amazing work done in Sonoma County, CA last May where over 600 gardens were planted, we have decided to take it (inter)national this May 14th & 15th.

Organizing a Home & Garden Challenge in your town (or city, village, county, parish, island) not only helps raise awareness and continue to build local resiliency, it offers an opportunity for your citizens to be a part of something much larger. This is the perfect opportunity for communities across the country to come together on a single weekend and show their solidarity.

Get more information here:

Solar Home Tour

Please join the Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood Association, the Arizona Solar Energy Association, and the Southern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership in a free solar home tour on May 8, 11-3. Check in at the Old San Pedro Chapel, 5230 E Ft Lowell, for a map of the houses. Meet neighbors who have gone solar and get all your questions answered!