Wild/native food gathering group focused on mesquite bean harvesting & other wild foods. Growing, harvesting and breeding edible perennial plants suitable for Phoenix to supply fruit, veggies and greens with minimal maintenance are also of interest.
Latest Activity: Nov 18, 2019
Hello Permies!I'm planing on putting in some sugar cane someplace in the garden and I'm not sure where the best place to plant it is. Everywhere I read is says to plant sugar cane in full sun but we…Continue
Started by Silvia Messmer. Last reply by Liz & Dan May 27, 2017.
Hi, I'm trying to find a source or a spot to aquire some native grasses. like az fescue,blue gama, cotton top. Reason being I want to plant a non irrigated pasture to replace an irrigated one. Native…Continue
Started by chris trammell. Last reply by chris trammell Sep 8, 2015.
Hey VPA!!! I need some help completing a modest city lot with large ambitions!I have contoured a flat lot with peripheral berms and internal swales to catch and hold rainwater on the property. I have…Continue
Started by Martha Bayer Harvey. Last reply by Martha Bayer Harvey Jul 23, 2015.
Does anyone know of a source of native mesquite trees in the east valley? I am looking for a Honey Mesquite so I can harvest the beans, and also so it won't fall over during a storm (hopefully).Continue
Started by Tracey Chacon. Last reply by Kate Radosevic May 22, 2015.
I am looking for nutritional info on Palo Verde tree seeds and flowers, also mesquite trees, also what is edible on desert willow and devils claw and other plants etc. of the Sonora desert in…Continue
Started by Shamar sherburne. Last reply by DePhane Marcelle Nov 10, 2014.
I live near a street that has older fruiting olive trees. I have harvested for curing but would love to take some to the Queen Creek Olive mill to be processed for oil. The problem is the Mill…Continue
Started by Kim. Last reply by Liz & Dan Oct 7, 2014.
Growing Chayote (Vegetable Pears): Dine Like An AztecLearn how to grow chayote, a delicious and versatile Mexican staple, including chayote recipes.From Mother Earth News November/December 1980…Continue
Started by Liz & Dan. Last reply by Liz & Dan Jan 23, 2014.
Hi everyone, I just happened to read an article on mesquite flour and am very intrigued. I was wondering if you can tell me where I can buy some local flour or if any of you to are selling some? thxContinue
Started by Maynhia Stott. Last reply by grrlscout Jan 9, 2014.
New Farmers Market opening in Tempe seeks backyard growers, master gardeners and small-scale producers! The Market is a program of the Tempe Community Action Agency, and will operate Saturday…Continue
Started by Chip Satterlund. Last reply by Jenna W Dec 4, 2013.
does anyone have a tree i can come by and pick some for the milling this weekend? carob and/or mesquite?i trimmed my mesquite tree in the Spring and hardly got any pods for the first time, bummer,…Continue
Started by Ariane Nov 15, 2013.
The VPA Seed Library has seeds to share of edible desert plants, vegetables, herbals, ornamentals and many others. Come check out our collection. We'd love to have some of your saved seeds to…Continue
Started by kathy Thompson Hill. Last reply by Peggy Sorensen Sep 14, 2013.
Join the NEW Edible Desert Committee at the VPA!!! Help plan and run some of the core events that Valley Permaculture Alliance offers, including the annual fruit tree sale, mesquite milling and the…Continue
Started by Class Coordinator May 9, 2013.
Has anyone had any luck at growing edibles under mesquite tree? If so, what? I'm looking at possibly adding a mesquite on the west side of my chicken coop. I have a passion fruit vine trailing up it…Continue
Started by Caren Malleck. Last reply by Liz & Dan Jan 7, 2013.
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Started by Liz & Dan. Last reply by Erica D Aug 10, 2012.
I'm wondering if anyone has experience growing this grape in the outlying areas of the Valley? I'm at just over 2000' elevation and wonder how I might get this plant, perhaps a cutting or seed. But I…Continue
Started by Kathleen. Last reply by Trevor Ray Jun 16, 2012.