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Increase the amount of locally produced foods you eat, including food from your backyard!

Grow your own food. Many fruits and vegetables will grow well in your backyard garden. Change what you grow with the seasons and enjoy home-made and home-grown salads, soups, and more!

Arizona Master Gardener

Click on your county for gardening workshops and other information.

Home Garden Program (Community Food Bank)

The goal of this program is to provide resources and know-how to individuals and families interested in growing some of their own food. In this way, the power to grow fresh, nutritious, chemical-free vegetables is in the hands of those who wish to eat them!

Tucson Organic Gardeners

Tucson Organic Gardeners is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to promote and encourage the use of Nature's resources as a guide for gardening and sustainable living. To this end we avoid the use of toxic materials in our relationship with the Earth. We promote interest in and the knowledge of organic gardening, including composting, through programs open to the public, workshops, public events and other means of communication.

Desert Harvesters

Desert Harvesters is a volunteer-run, grassroots organization based in Tucson, Arizona, USA. We strive to promote, celebrate, and enhance, local food security and production by encouraging the planting of indigenous, food-bearing shade trees (such as the Velvet mesquite or Prosopis velutina) in water-harvesting earthworks, and then educating the public on how to harvest and process the bounty.

Home Composting in the Desert
 brochure (pdf)

Go organic. Pesticide exposure can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, damage to the central nervous system and kidneys, and elevated cancer risk. Most lawn and garden centers now offer several organic fertilizers and pesticides for your home garden. Visit http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/ for a list of produce that uses the most pesticides when not grown organically.

Eat Locally. Eating locally produced foods reduces the transportation costs and greenhouse gas emissions of importing food from across the country or the world. Buying locally produced foods also supports local farms and the local economy.

Farmers’ Markets in the Tucson area


Local and Heritage Foods Directory
 (Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance)

Tucson Community Supported Agriculture
 (CSA)
One of the greatest pleasures of eating local organic produce comes from knowing that it is grown by farmers who have made conscious choices about cultivating their land in environmentally and socially responsible ways. Participating in such a mode of food production and consumption also fosters closer relationships among us, the foods we eat and those who grow it. Welcome to the Tucson CSA. The goal of Tucson CSA is to provide a direct connection between local producers and consumers.

Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture

Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture, (BASA), is a 501c3 non-profit organization working to increase local sustainable food production and marketing in southern Arizona. Search BASA’s Local Food Directory.