Jan
1
to Dec 31

Harvest every Wednesday and 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. 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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Sep
23
9:30 AM09:30

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 regular tours later in the year!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact information@iskashitaa.org 

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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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Oct
11
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
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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Nov
3
7:00 AM07:00

Annual Buckelew Farm pumpkin harvest

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. 

At the Farm

When you arrive at the Farm, look for the Community Food Bank trucks (1 semi and 2 box trucks).  Our first activity will be to load the CFB truck with Jack-o-lantern pumpkins fire-brigade style.  Everyone should sign in with Micah (clipboard). Remember to encourage everyone to interact with each other while working together, especially practicing English!

Our Iskashitaa truck drivers will locate the best varieties for eating, which are heritage or otherwise "non-Jack-o-lantern" squash like 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).  Iskashitaa volunteers will load these specialty pumpkins into Iskashitaa vehicles to bring back to our office.

In addition to harvesting mature pumpkins, refugees have taught us that young green pumpkin shoots; pumpkin leaves; pumpkin flowers; and small, green, softball-sized immature pumpkins are all good food resources as well. Pumpkin seeds are made into Bhutanese pickled pumpkin seed spice paste. We will have some buckets to bring seeds back to Iskashitaa as well as plastic bags for shoots and blossoms.

Back at the Office

Don’t forget to plan on helping unload pumpkins at the Iskashitaa office! Please do NOT block the sidewalk with the squash. Micah will know how squash should best be stacked 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
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
27
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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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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Sep
6
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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Aug
27
5:00 PM17:00

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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