News & Events at Mission Garden

Bottle gourds and dipper gourds:          $3 each
Bag of quinces:                                      $5
Bag of culinary sage:                             $3

Thursday December 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Iskashitaa December Food Preservation Class
The Iskashitaa Refugee Network will borrow our kitchen to make pumpkin-date chutney. Come see how it’s done and maybe even lend a hand! This is a great opportunity for new people to see our garden and for Mission Garden folks to learn a new food preservation technique!

Slattery acorn bread

Slattery acorn bread

Saturday December 7, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Acorns: Gathering, Processing, Eating, Ancient Lore, a class by John Slattery
$50.00 ($45.00 for Mission Garden docents). Click button below to sign up.
If you’re from the northern hemisphere, your ancient ancestors relied upon acorns as a major part of their diet for thousands of years. Acorns are an abundant food source in the urban centers of southern Arizona as well as in the desert and mountains. A nutritious and delicious food source, they can be integrated into a modern diet. In this class, forager John Slattery will share an overview of the history of acorn consumption, nutrition of acorns, and a detailed approach to gathering and processing acorns for consumption. This class will also feature baking with acorns. We’ll experiment with solar oven cooking on this early winter morning. Acorns are an abundant and nearly entirely overlooked food source–even among most gatherers of wild plant foods. In this information-packed, hands-on workshop John will take the participants through all the steps of processing acorns for food, and provide recipes for preparing your leached acorn meal. We will be processing the locally abundant, landscaped southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) which can be found throughout parks, lanes, business parks, as well as downtown Tucson. Early December is prime time for gathering these tasty acorns so be sure to join us so you can be prepared to handle this prime food resource. The virtues, history, and ethnobotany of oaks and acorns is vast and diverse. Walking through the portal, the doorway (from old Irish, “duir”, “oak”), of the ancient wisdom keepers, we’ll begin our workshop with a brief discussion of the ancient significance of oak trees highlighting why oaks were so important and highly revered by our ancestors of the northern hemisphere and why we may have so greatly diverged from this once staple food source. We’ll fully process acorns to prepare them for cooking, and enjoy our sun-baked bread as midday approaches. All participants will get hands-on experience with processing acorns, and everyone will leave with the knowledge and experience to properly process all acorns for food. There is no equipment or prior experience necessary to participate in this class. Just bring an open mind and willingness to learn. Feel free to bring dried acorns to class for processing, if you have them.
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Acorn Class: Guest50.00 USDAcorn Class--full price
Acorn Class: MG Docent45.00 USDAcorn Class--Docent discount
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your email address.

Saturday December 14, 9 a.m. – noon
Make Holiday Ornaments from Mission Garden Products
Mission Garden experts will help you and your kids convert Mission Garden products like devil’s claws, gourds and okra pods into decorations! Family friendly.

Solstice Breakfast

Solstice Breakfast

Saturday December 21, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Winter Solstice Sunrise Observation and Solar Cookout, with Solar Guild and Citizens for Solar
Join us to watch as the sun rises at 7:20 a.m., and its most southerly point along the eastern horizon. Celebrate that the days will begin to get longer and that spring will come (eventually)! Eat breakfast with us (potluck items encouraged). Later in the morning, as the sun gets higher, we will begin to cook some more food, inspired by our garden, in solar ovens! Mission Garden volunteers with solar ovens (including the garden’s own large solar oven) will be joined by members of the Solar Guild and Citizens for Solar. It’s a cookout!


Mission Garden Open to Public
Wednesday – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

(April – September, 8 a.m. – noon)

Tai Chi in the Garden
Saturdays 8 – 9 a.m. (except October 12)
Scott Risano from Wind River Tai Chi Chuan gives classes in the garden every Saturday.

Birding in the Garden
Second Thursday of each month, 8 – 10 a.m.

Wander the garden in search of birds with Kendall Kroesen, Mission Garden Community Outreach Coordinator and Tucson Audubon Field Trip Leader.
Next date: October 10, 8 a.m.

Herbalist in the Garden
FIRST Saturday of each month, 9 – 11 a.m.
An expert from the Tucson Herbalist Collective will be at the garden to answer questions about the Moore Medicinal Herb Garden and the contemporary uses of traditional Southwest U.S. herbs.
November 2, 9 – 11 a.m., herbalist from the Tucson Herbalist Collective

Mano and metate

Mano and metate

Hands-on Archaeology
Fourth Saturday of each month, 8 a.m. – noon 

Preservation Archaeologist Allen Denoyer, from partner organization Archaeology Southwest, gives visitors hands-on experiences with the kinds of ancient technologies archaeologists find evidence of in local excavations. These include atlatls, groundstone, “flintknapped” stone tools, and much more.
Next date: September 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


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