Jan
1
to Dec 31

Harvest every Friday

  • 1406 East Grant Road, BLDG. 2 Tucson, AZ, 85719 (map)
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Iskashitaa volunteers and refugees meet at the office on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9 AM to harvest local produce in the greater Tucson area. For the remainder of 2018, we will only be harvesting on Fridays. Wednesday harvests will resume in January with the start of citrus season. We also can schedule a group harvest for your school, church, or community group. You must RSVP so we can coordinate the transportation of all the refugees, contact us to reserve your spot at harvesting@iskashitaa.org or 520-440-0100.

The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
— James Allen
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Nov
22
11:00 AM11:00

Thanksgiving

Desert Courtyard Apartments and Iskashitaa will be hosting a Thanksgiving potluck for our refugee community in Tucson. This is a super fun event, with food, friends, and activities. For many refugees, this is their first Thanksgiving. It’s a great opportunity to look at the holiday with new eyes and appreciate the themes of gratitude and giving that it represents.

Celebrations will be at Desert Courtyard Apartments, 1411 N Alvernon Rd. from 11am to 2pm.

Please bring a dish large enough to serve at least 6 people, and a card with ingredients to accompany it.

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Nov
27
5:00 PM17:00

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 27th is Giving Tuesday, the national day of giving after Thanksgiving. The day will conclude with a celebration at La Cocina downtown, where we will have great food, entertainment, and many Iskashitaa products for sale.

A portion of all La Cocina sales will go to Iskashitaa all day, so come by for brunch or lunch with your friends. Activities will start at 5:00pm, and continue until 10:00pm.

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Dec
1
11:00 AM11:00

Edible Tree Tour

Would you like to learn more about the bounty of produce already growing in our city?  Tucson is full of edible trees, but they are often overlooked, either unknown or just not noticed.  Come and join Iskashitaa for a tour of the UA campus.  We will use sight, touch, smell, and taste to learn about gleaning in the desert, UA history, and trees that you may not have even heard of! Please keep in mind that this tour involves at least half a mile of walking outside, so bring plenty of water and weather appropriate clothing.  

If you can't attend this first event, or if you love it so much you want to go again, keep an eye out for more tours!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact information@iskashitaa.org 

RSVP encouraged, but not required

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Dec
13
10:00 AM10:00

Edible Tree Tour at TBG

Join Iskashitaa as we learn from docents at the Tucson Botanical Gardens about the wide variety of edible trees grown in the Gardens. Due to the Gardens’ long and diverse history, they have edible plants representative of ecosystems around the world. This is also a great chance to get advice on growing many of these edible trees yourself! The tour is included in admission to the Gardens. Make sure to RSVP on the Botanical Gardens’ website beforehand.

If you are interested in learning more about edible trees around Tucson, keep an eye out for Iskashitaa-led tours throughout the semester! 

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Sonoran Harvest: Taste the Desert
Nov
17
6:30 PM18:30

Sonoran Harvest: Taste the Desert

Have you ever had a taste of the desert? Join us for the first annual food and drink festival, Sonoran Harvest: Taste the Desert! This event will focus on foods found in the Sonoran Desert and teach you how you can incorporate them into your daily life. Stand among the saguaros and sample delicious delights of the Southwest and sip on your favorite local brews. Watch as local chefs from favorite food trucks and restaurants battle to be crowned the Sonoran Harvest Queen or King. The best part? You get to vote for your favorite! Chefs are required to use prickly pear and/or mesquite. This way, you’ll really be able to taste the desert!

For more information visit: https://www.desertmuseum.org/visit/harvest.php

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Nov
8
10:00 AM10:00

Edible Tree Tour at TBG

Join Iskashitaa as we learn from docents at the Tucson Botanical Gardens about the wide variety of edible trees grown in the Gardens. Due to the Gardens’ long and diverse history, they have edible plants representative of ecosystems around the world. This is also a great chance to get advice on growing many of these edible trees yourself! The tour is included in admission to the Gardens. Make sure to RSVP on the Botanical Gardens’ website beforehand.

If you are interested in learning more about edible trees around Tucson, keep an eye out for Iskashitaa-led tours throughout the semester! 

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Nov
3
7:00 AM07:00

Annual Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Harvest - Pt. II

Pumpkin Harvest Info

Each participant needs to fill out our Volunteer Waiver beforehand. Folks will need to wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and bring lots of water. Also recommended: pants, long-sleeved layer, and a snack.

Harvesters can meet us at the Iskashitaa office at 7 AM or directly at Buckelew Farm (17000 W Ajo Hwy) at 8 AM; look for the Community Food Bank (CFBSA) semi truck/box trucks when you get there. You can always call 402-875-1337 if you run into any issues. 

Itinerary: 11/3/18

  • 7:00: IRN volunteers meet at Iskashitaa Office

  • 7:15: IRN volunteers depart IRN for Buckelew

  • 8-8:15: All volunteer groups meet at Buckelew Farms

  • 8:15-8:45: Micah lead Safety and Ground Rules Orientation

  • 8:45-12:45: Harvest!

    • Load Jack-o-lantern pumpkins into Community Food Bank trucks

    • Load other squash varieties into Iskashitaa vehicles

  • 1:30pm: Return to Iskashitaa Office

  • 1:30-2:30pm: Weigh and unload pumpkins

At the Farm

When you arrive at the Farm, find Micah! Get signed in, and we'll have a brief safety and ground rules orientation.

Then, our first activity will be to load the Community Food Bank vehicles (1 semi and 2 box trucks) with Jack-o-lantern pumpkins bucket-brigade style. 

Iskashitaa will locate and focus heritage/"non-Jack-o-lantern" squash--e.g., Hubbard squash, Blue Pumpkins, White Pumpkins, Cinderellas, and red flat ones. We're looking for the meaty, dense squash that lasts the longest (Jack-o-lanterns do not). We'll load these specialty pumpkins into Iskashitaa vehicles.

In addition to harvesting mature pumpkins, refugees have taught us that small, green, softball-sized immature pumpkins; young pumpkin shoots; pumpkin leaves; pumpkin flowers; and pumpkin seeds are also rich food resources. Pumpkin seeds are especially important, becoming the Bhutanese pickled spice paste dhule aachar. We'll have buckets for collecting seeds, and plastic bags for shoots and blossoms.

Remember to encourage everyone to interact and practice English while working together!

Back at the Office

Don’t forget to help unload pumpkins at the Iskashitaa office! We'll form another bucket brigade to best store squash around the property. Refugees are encouraged to take pumpkins home for their families, friends, and refugee neighbors. We will also redistribute pumpkins to refugees at several other locations at a later date.

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Nov
2
8:00 AM08:00

Annual Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Harvest - Pt. I

Pumpkin Harvest Info

Each participant needs to fill out our Volunteer Waiver beforehand. Folks will need to wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and bring lots of water. Also recommended: pants, long-sleeved layer, and a snack.

Harvesters can meet us at the Iskashitaa office at 8 AM or directly at Buckelew Farm (17000 W Ajo Hwy) at 9 AM. You can always call 402-875-1337 if you run into any issues. 

Itinerary: 11/2/18

  • 8:00: IRN volunteers meet at Iskashitaa Office

  • 8:15: IRN volunteers depart IRN for Buckelew

  • 9-9:15: All volunteer groups meet at Buckelew Farms

  • 9:15-9:30: Micah lead Safety and Ground Rules Orientation

  • 9:30-1:30: Harvest!

  • 2pm: Return to Iskashitaa Office

  • 2-3pm: Weigh and unload pumpkins

At the Farm

When you arrive at the Farm, find Micah! Get signed in, and we'll have a brief safety and ground rules orientation.

Iskashitaa will locate and focus heritage/"non-Jack-o-lantern" squash--e.g., Hubbard squash, Blue Pumpkins, White Pumpkins, Cinderellas, and red flat ones. We're looking for the meaty, dense squash that lasts the longest (Jack-o-lanterns do not). We'll load these specialty pumpkins into Iskashitaa vehicles.

In addition to harvesting mature pumpkins, refugees have taught us that small, green, softball-sized immature pumpkins; young pumpkin shoots; pumpkin leaves; pumpkin flowers; and pumpkin seeds are also rich food resources. Pumpkin seeds are especially important, becoming the Bhutanese pickled spice paste dhule aachar. We'll have buckets for collecting seeds, and plastic bags for shoots and blossoms.

Remember to encourage everyone to interact and practice English while working together!

Back at the Office

Don’t forget to help unload pumpkins at the Iskashitaa office! We'll form another bucket brigade to best store squash around the property. Refugees are encouraged to take pumpkins home for their families, friends, and refugee neighbors. We will also redistribute pumpkins to refugees at several other locations at a later date

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Nov
2
7:30 AM07:30

18th Annual End of Life Community Conference

Death as part of Life incorporating other cultures to widen our collective perspective

Hear from UN refugees about colossal loss, loss of control, loss of life, family, community added to their unique cultural traditions in honoring death, the dying, and grief associated with war, genocide and persecution. Iskashitaa Refugee Network’s Exec. Director will walk us through 15 years of multi-faith learning and honoring of the dead and traditions of our newest citizens. From Muslim Afghan traditions, to Christian Chadian customs to Hindu Nepalese traditional ceremonial aspects.

For more info click here.

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Oct
20
7:00 AM07:00

ASU Date Harvest

Itinerary:

  • 7:00am: Meet at Iskashitaa (1406 East Grant Road, Bdlg. 2, Tucson, Az, 85719), take stock, gather supplies

  • 7:15am: Depart Iskashitaa

  • 9:00am: Arrive at ASU

  • 12:15pm: Depart ASU

  • 2:00pm: Arrive back at Iskashitaa

Notes: RSVP to harvesting@iskashitaa.org at least 7 days in advance. Wear what you would normally wear to a harvest, but VERY thick-soled boots are highly recommended. (I had a date spine go through my tennis shoe last year, which are like mesquite thorns but 4in. long.) Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and bring LOTS of water. I also recommend packing a lunch (although we'll basically be eating dessert the whole time, with all the dates).

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Oct
12
to Oct 14

Tucson Meet Yourself

Come Visit Iskashitaa at Tucson Meet Yourself! This annual event showcases the variety of cultures that make up our Tucson community. Iskashitaa will have a booth in the Food Justice Expo Friday and Saturday from 11 to 5. Iskashitaa community members will also be presenting in the Culture Kitchen all weekend.

  • Friday: 11:00 - 12:00

  • Friday: 12:30 - 1:30

  • Friday: 2:00 - 3:00

  • Sunday: 2:00 - 3:00

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Oct
8
6:00 PM18:00

Refugee 101 Info Night

Participate in an enriching setting to gain knowledge on the struggles and successes of a new American. Here we will answer the following questions:
Who is a Refugee, Asylee or an Immigrant?
Why does it help the U.S. strengthen our country's security?
How do you welcome a family in your neighborhood?
How do new Americans become self sufficient?

Please RSVP here

 

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