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#GivingTuesday is a day for celebrating generosity and collaboration. It is a day of committing to our communities. For non-profit organizations like Mission Garden, it is becoming one of the most important fundraising opportunities of the year.

Help us kick off our holiday giving season today!

Mission Garden is at the crossroads of history, archeology, nature, culture and agriculture. As we speak, we are building our education center and kitchen. Our new acequia, or water way, will model eras of ancient water distribution in the Tucson Valley.

Mission Garden is an oasis in our Sonoran Desert.

With your donation, you can help us complete these projects and continue to explore, interpret, and learn about our past, present and future.


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:
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.

Our recent events:

  • Pomegranate Festival – September 24
  • Tucson Meet Yourself Food Demos and more – October 7-9
  • Membrillo Fest/LEAF Edible Tree Event – October 22

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).