Mesquite education & Milling Program
Mesquite is a multi-functional tree, native to the southwest desert and certain similar climate zones in South America. The locally native trees have been a valuable resource for area residents for more than a thousand years. Known for their tasty and nutrient packed seed pods, even some wild animals will base seasonal routes on the locations of these trees.
We’ve put together an annual program with online education, in-person classes & harvest events, and community milling events.
Current events listed first, and some resources below.
Please join us in enjoying this tasty and nutritious native resource.
Two ONLINE zoom webinar classes for 2021:
“Mesquite – Grow it,
Mill It, Eat it!”
with Peggy Sue Sorensen
and Mike Clow
Our first class of the season for a local Mesquite Pod Milling Event in June. An essential class for anyone who has not tried mesquite, and a great refresher for those who have!
May 27th at 6pm – Online
“ReWilding, ReEnlivening, & ReHydrating!”
a special presentation with
Our second class while we prepare for our local Mesquite Pod Milling Event in June. This is a jam packed presentation with great information.
June 2nd at 6pm – Online
Two IN-PERSON classes in the Valley for 2021:
Mesquite Walkabout at Granada Park in Phoenix
with Farmer Greg
This a walking tour of the mesquite trees in Granada Park. See, smell, touch, and taste mesquite trees and beans as you take our walking class and learn how to collect mesquite beans. Harvesting depends on weather.
June 12th at 8am
Mesquite Harvest at
Rio Salado Park in Tempe
with Farmer Greg & Don Titmus
This a harvesting event of the mesquite trees in Rio Salado Park. See, smell, touch, and taste mesquite trees and beans as you learn how to collect mesquite beans.
June 19th at 8am
Two LOCAL Pop-Up Milling events at our Nursery Lot
BULK Mesquite Milling Drop Off event
Four 5-gallon buckets or more!
If you have a large order, we will space orders out a bit more. Choose when you would like to drop off your mesquite pods. This date is for BULK ORDERS only please. Note: Milling depends on dry weather.
June 25th at 9am
Mesquite Milling Day
The date we’ve been waiting to turn YOUR pods into YOUR flour!
We’ve set up appointment slots to help us reduce wait times. Choose your appointment slot, and bring us your buckets of dried mesquite pods. Note: Milling depends on dry weather.
June 26th at 8:40 am
Videos from previous GrowPHX classes:
We’ve hosted several classes over at GrowPHX specifically on Mesquite. Please take a look at this page for our videos over the past couple years.