Southwestern Deserts

July, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Tomato Fiesta
Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners host the Tomato Fiesta event including heirloom tomato tasting, cooking demos, free plant clinic, and the opportunity to purchase tomatoes and produce. Held at the ABQ Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd. NE on Sunday, August 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5 admission; kids under 12 are free.

Clever Gardening Technique

A Good Use for Mesquite Beans
Flour made from mesquite beans is highly nutritious and was once a staple of Native American diets. If you have a mature mesquite, you know how many bean pods can drop to the ground. Don't let them go to waste! The food security and child services programs from the International Rescue Committee are teaming up this summer to pick mesquite bean pods with refugee children. If you would like to donate your mesquite beans for picking, contact Nate Diederich (602) 433-2440 ex 233, nathanieldi@theirc.org or Rachel Lewis (602) 433-2440 ex 227, Rachel.lewis@theirc.org. Pods must still be on trees! Pods will milled into flour on October 31 with the Phoenix community at Roadrunner Park with assistance from Desert Harvesters of Tucson.

GardeningwithKids.org Catalog

Special Report - Garden to Table

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