Join us for a fun-filled event to showcase our neighborhood to the greater Tucson community! All are welcome, so invite your friends and family to join us on Sunday October 16th from 1pm-3pm. The tour will feature homes, gardens, local businesses, public art, and green infrastructure. Tickets will be $5 day-of the event and can be picked up at the Neighborhood Garden- NW corner of 11th Avenue and University Boulevard. 50% of all proceeds will benefit Caridad Community Kitchen!
Today, May 28, the green seeds within the green foothills palo verde seed pods are ripe and sweet. Soon they will become starchy, then hard and brown.
And next will be the mesquite pod harvest.
To get more info on all this and more check out the Calendar of Events at DesertHarvesters.org, which all started right here in our neighborhood with our annual tree plantings and the mesquite milling fiestas we used to have in the community garden.
Now many of the events occur at the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market as we are collaborating with the Tucson Community Food Bank. This year the Mesquite Milling and Fiesta is June 23 to ensure a safer harvest before the rains come we pods are more susceptible to invisible molds.
At the Fiesta we will also have a smoked mesquite apple craft beer and another with creosote blossoms - both from Iron John's Brewery here in Tucson. The mesquite in the beer was grown and harvested right here in Dunbar/Spring.
Zinman's Food Shop, at 111 W Fourth St, is a purveyor and processor of plant based foods. We sell produce in season and mill grain into flour, which we sell and also bake into cookies, muffins, scones, and flat breads.
We have hummus and other freshly made bean dips and other items that are ready to eat. We also have a vegan cafe featuring wok cooked vegetables for lunch and supper and pancakes (with freshly milled flour) for breakfast. Our hours for now are weekdays from 11:00 a.m.to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m.to 7:00 p.m. Our hours will expand as we grow into this space.
The story of Dunbar, the neighborhood that took tis name from the school in its midst, is in many ways the story of America. An almost forgotten 160-acre swatch of land north of the town of Tucson, Arizona, it was inhabited by a hardy mix of Anglos, Mexicans, Yaqui Indians, colored people (as African-Americans were called then), and Chinese. Separated from downtown Tucson by the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks, Dunbar's northernmost blocks had been the Court Street Cemetery since 1875.
Twenty-three volunteers and neighbors showed up to help plant rain (with water-harvesting basins/earthworks, twenty-two food- and medicinal-bearing native trees, and fertility (with cut up prunings placed within the basins).
This brings the total number of trees planted at our neighborhood’s annual tree plantings to about 1,425! This was also the 20th annual tree planting by Dunbar/Spring neighbors!
And still more need to be planted.
This image shows areas with higher and lower heat extremes. Areas with higher vulnerability are orange and yellow. Areas with lowest vulnerability are blue. Green areas are shade tree canopies. Shade trees and other vegetation are one of the best ways to mitigate extreme heat event vulnerability due to their natural passive cooling ability, which can reduce summer temperatures by up to 20˚F.
Time: Join Dunbar/Spring neighbors Sky Jacobs, Brad Lancaster, Omar Ore-Giron, Rocky Yosek, Ezra Roati and others at 7:30 am for a planting demonstration, then keep going to various parts of the neighborhood.
The demonstration will show you how to plant the rain to maximize its potential, how to plant food-bearing native trees by seed and/or with nursery stock to maximize passive shading/cooling, and how to recycle/plant prunings and leaves as fertility-building/carbon-sequestering/pollutant-filtering/water-harvesting mulch. Check the blackboard on the porch at the meeting spot if you want to join in on the planting later in the morning—we’ll leave a note with an idea of the morning’s planting route. End time of noon is approximate.
Initial meeting spot: 813 N 9th Ave, Tucson AZ 85705