Mission Garden is a living agricultural museum of Sonoran Desert-adapted heritage fruit-trees, traditional local heirloom crops and edible native plants. We are a non-profit volunteer-based educational organization and our primary mission is to preserve, transmit and revive the region’s rich agricultural heritage by growing a series of garden plots that are representative of the more than 4000 years of continuous cultivation in the Tucson Basin.

Open Saturdays and Sundays:
April through November 8 am to 12 pm
December through March 10 am to 2 pm

See photos of Mission Garden work and volunteers here.

For guided tours call 520-777-9270 and leave message
or email: missiongarden.tucson@gmail.com.

Upcoming events:

  • Volunteer Recognition – March 26, 2 to 5 pm
  • San Agustin Neighborhood party – April 1
  • Agave Heritage Week activities – April 28, 29
  • San Ysidro Festival – May 13

Upcoming trips:

  • One day agricultural tour of Magdalena, Sonora – April 8
  • Week long ethnobotanical and culinary tour of Oaxaca Oct. 3-10
  • 3-day Agriculture/History tour of Sonora: Caborca, Trincheras, San Ignacio Nov. 17-19

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SIGN UP FOR TRIPS WRITE TO: missiongarden.tucson@gmail.com

Welcome, New York Times Readers!

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, Tucson was featured on the front page of the New York Times in celebration of our designation as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World City of Gastronomy. Mission Garden and FOTB played an essential role in gaining our home town that prestigious title, so we got both a photo and a nice nod in the article by Kim Severson.

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Mission Garden contains orchards and vegetable gardens representing Tucson’s 4,000 years of agricultural history. Credit Chris Hinkle for The New York Times

Not far from downtown, a nonprofit group is recreating a Spanish colonial walled garden like the ones Father Kino built. The Mission Garden project is a history lesson on four acres, tracing agricultural practices that began on the site with the Hohokam and Tohono O’odham tribes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/24/dining/tucson-food-unesco.html

USA Today

“Chasing the sources in Tucson’s budding food scene,” by Ashley Day (August 19, 2016).

The Guardian

“Tucson, Arizona, cultivates its foodie reputation – with a nod from UNESCO,” by Kate Eshelby (July 17, 2016).