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SAN YSIDRO FESTIVAL
DEDICATION OF MEXICAN & CHINESE GARDENS

White Sonora Wheat ready for harvest

White Sonora Wheat ready for harvest

Saturday May 19, 9 – 11:30 a.m. (garden open 8 – noon)

Harvest the Wheat!
The Festival of San Ysidro Labrador marks the wheat harvest in the Sonoran Desert region. Help us revive this festival celebrated in Tucson for centuries before falling into disuse! The Mission Garden wheat crop will be transformed from a golden field to wheat flour before your eyes, all with traditional implements and methods!

San Ysidro Labrador visits Mission Garden

San Ysidro Labrador visits Mission Garden

Procession and Blessings
At 9 a.m. a traditional procession will circulate through the garden with a statue of the saint and with blessings bestowed upon our gardens. Mariachi Milagro will perform as well as the Tohono O’odham Basket Dancers from San Simon School and the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center Lion Dancers.

Special Dedication of New Gardens
The special dancers are on hand because the procession will end with the dedication of our new Mexican and Chinese Gardens. These new garden areas were created as part of Mission Garden’s ongoing interpretation of key eras and cultures in Tucson-area agriculture. See, and learn about, these new gardens!

Traditional Gastronomy!
Everyone can sample the traditional soup of this festival–pozole de trigo. Also on hand, celebrating the new Chinese Garden, will be winter melon soup, made from our own winter melons!

Pozole de trigo

Pozole de trigo

Presentation by Patricia Preciado Martin
“Dia de San Ysidro Labrador, Patron Saint of Farmers”
This is a special presentation about San Ysidro, patron saint of farmers, and the long tradition of this festival in Tucson, now revived by Mission Garden.

Community Partners
Rounding out this event will be many of Mission Garden’s community partners, who will have informational tables at this event. Learn everything there is to know about community agriculture, agricultural history, seed saving and much, much more.

 

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