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Natural Awakenings Tucson

Local Food Systems for Local Communities

Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture (BASA) is co-sponsoring Sprouting: The Art of Gardening in a Jar, with Wanda Poindexter, from 6 to 7 p.m., April 18. Sprouting is a great introduction to personal food production, with no backyard required. Taste various types of sprouts, learn how economical it is to grow organic sprouts right in the kitchen, and leave with all the materials needed to get started. Cost is $10.

Also to engage community members in their native foodshed, BASA is co-sponsoring a cholla bud and nopalito workshop from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., April 26, with local ethnobotanist Martha Burgess. Cholla cactus buds are a superfood with high available calcium and complex carbohydrates that help balance blood sugar levels and provide sustained energy. Nopales, or prickly pear pads, are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium, and also help balance blood sugar levels (great for diabetics). Learn how to harvest, process, store and prepare these amazing desert plants. Cost is $40.

BASA is a Tucson-based nonprofit working to foster local food production, marketing and education in southern Arizona. To register for a workshop, contact Meghan Mix at 520-331-9821 or email [email protected] For more information, visit Bajaaz.org.