Southern Arizona is alive with the support of many local, national, and international organizations to improve the local food security and health of the people.
Some of our many allies are:
A joint effort of various organizations from both Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Arizona who are dedicated to improving the quality of the air and the environment by reestablishing native vegetation.
A locally grown business with a true passion for artisan bread making. Barrio Bread is a micro-bakery specializing in breads that are prepared using the ancient sourdough methods of long, slow fermentation and hearth baking, to create a truly inspired loaf.
A grassroots effort to maintain and enhance biodiversity in the Sky Island borderlands by first restoring physical processes, like stream flow, and then focusing on native plants and their pollinators that form the base of the "food chain" on which all other species depend. Avalon Organic Gardens is hosting workshops and setting up educational demonstration sites with them.
community food bank of tucson
Avalon Organic Gardens participates in events and farmers markets as community foods consignment program, as well as networking with them to improve community food security by promoting, demonstrating, advocating for, and collaboratively building an equitable and regional food system. The Community Food Bank supports farms, home gardening, farmers' markets, and youth programs that provide nutritional locally-grown foods and know-how to individuals and families interested in growing their own food. We became certified and are able to accept FMNP (Farmers Market Nutrition Program) Vouchers and SFMNP (for seniors), WIC (Arizona Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) Vouchers, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program a.k.a. food stamps).
cosechando bienestar (harvesting wellbeing)
Cosechando Bienestar (Harvesting Wellbeing) is a new initiative in Nogales, Arizona to promote the production, consumption and awareness of local, healthy foods. The program promotes home and community gardens, the new Nogales Mercado and other food enterprises. Community Garden Leaders will receive in-depth instruction in gardening and food production led by Avalon Organic Gardens. Community Garden Leaders will work closely with staff at Mariposa Community Health Center (MCHC) to educate Nogales residents about vegetable gardening and food production.
College students, as part of their "Sustainability Course," have come for several years for their education and credits for workshops with Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage.
forgotten pollinators campaign
Founded by Gary Nabhan, faculty member at the University of Arizona and an internationally celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. In 1995, The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, where Gary served as Director of Science, launched the Forgotten Pollinators Campaign, which helped focus international interest on threatened interactions between plants and their pollinators. Avalon Organic Gardens works closely with Gary and is dedicated to educating people on the vital role pollinators play, offering workshops held at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage, including presenters such as Gary and Paul Kaiser.
Preserving the flow, water quality, and banks. Two of our community members sit on this board.
Charter school in Nogales and Tucson that emphasizes Montessori philosophy, interculturalism, character leadership skills, and traditional dance. The children of Global Community Communications Schools For Teens & Children have interacted with their children and put on youth forums together. Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage Master Gardeners and instructors taught students for several years how to garden, which led them to start their own school gardens.
Conserves, distributes, and documents the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives, and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and northwest Mexico.
Providing support for commercial revitalization and entrepreneurs, and affordable housing for families and individuals in Nogales, Arizona and Santa Cruz County.
partners for sustainable pollination
Partners for Sustainable Pollination (PFSP) works with farmers and beekeepers to improve the health of honey bees and support native pollinators. Avalon Organic Gardens has collaborated with Paul Kaiser—a Waldorf-inspired farmer and owner of Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, California and winner of the 2010 Farmer-Rancher Award for the United States from the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Paul, along with Avalon Organic Gardens, is certified for gardeners of Bee Friendly Farming through PFSP.
Having worked on the border since 1987, we know something about this terrain. We are a multi-national, secular, non-profit 501(c)3 organization. We are volunteers committed to bucking the odds. However, Rancho Feliz is not welfare. Rather, we believe in the democratic redistribution of opportunity - and our maverick approach is unlike any other. Armed with the view that the best way to improve our own circumstances is to serve others, we've changed thousands of lives on both sides of the border. What's more, we do so efficiently, with about 94 cents of every dollar raised going directly into our programs. We are a passionate group dedicated to changing the world where we can. It is an effort that begins with ourselves. So come with us. It's a journey worth taking.
A regional, bi-national and multi-cultural alliance to document, celebrate, and conserve farming and food folkways that span the U.S./Mexico borderlands from Texas and Tamaulipas on the east to Ambos Californias on the west.
"We Are The Seed" is a network of grassroots organizations, growers, clinics, and supporters in Arizona-Sonora borderlands creating alternative healthy food systems and sustainable agriculture practices. Avalon Gardens' Master Gardeners work in conjunction in many projects.
Inspiring and enabling community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of western North America; supporting resilient environmental and economic systems.
The network's purpose is to help Southwestern producers and communities develop new and improved markets and enterprises and to rebuild local food systems.
A Tucson tradition, "folklife" festival with a focus on presenting artists and communities that carry on living traditions rooted in a group's own definition of identity, artistry, and cultural significance.
Faculty and students have been to Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage for workshops to share and receive information, including with exchange students from South America.
Watershed Management Group (WMG) develops community-based solutions to ensure the long-term prosperity of people and health of the environment, providing people with the knowledge, skills, and resources for sustainable livelihoods.
Empowering 8,000+ community-based groups nationally, linking with international organizations advocating basic rights to food, land, water, & sustainable livelihoods. Founded in 1975 by the late musician Harry Chapin and Bill Ayres. Jen Chapin, Harry Chapin's daughter, has been to Avalon Gardens many times and presented workshops.