About Avalon Gardens South
Avalon Organic Gardens & Ecovillage is one of the worlds largest and longest sustaining EcoVillages, situated on 220-acres of historic & sacred agricultural land in Southern Arizona's fertile Santa Cruz River Valley. At Avalon Gardens, over 115 dedicated individuals practice farming using traditional permaculture principles and time-honored techniques of organic gardening, as well as new sustainable technologies. We have people from all over the world with a diverse age groups and cultural backgrounds.
We are a fully operational micro-society showcasing the success we have had incorporating a modern lifestyle within the sustainable context of a land-based society. In addition to pursuing the classical “off-grid” definition of sustainability, the EcoVillage also pursues self-sufficiency by providing meaningful vocational work, ongoing education, spiritual exploration, and dynamic cultural experiences to each of the committed, residential members of the EcoVillage.
For members of the EcoVillage, life here is an ongoing statement of disagreement with the predominant system of greed and extortion that rules Western, consumerist lifestyles. We feel our lifestyle is an example of direct action and solutions for change. We actively promote the emergence of new-paradigm organizational patterns by beginning with a value system based on honesty, integrity, and stewardship of the environment. This is a living experiment of believing in the more beautiful world we all know is possible. We seek to create regenerative and nourishing systems that wholly capture the multifaceted meanings of permaculture and sustainability.
For over 25 years we have built both physical infrastructure, in the form of our buildings, gardens, and tools, as well as spiritual infrastructure, in the form of strategies, diversions, and counselors to promote conflict-resolution, cooperative work skills, and honest communication. By consciously merging the physical and spiritual worlds in this way, we work to create a reality within the EcoVillage that demonstrates “spiritual physicality” – the realization of spiritual ideals through tangible progress.
We bid you come; the harvest is ready.
Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage was founded in 1994 in Sedona, Arizona as an intentional community with its members all living within walking distance of one another. Arizona's first true Community Supported Agriculture program was started when people pooled their time, talents, abilities, and resources to make the dream of Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage a reality. In 2007, Avalon Gardens expanded to Tumacácori, just south of Tubac, Arizona. Thus there is now Avalon Gardens North and Avalon Gardens South, with Avalon Gardens South being the headquarters.
The 220-acre garden and EcoVillage at Avalon Gardens South continues to grow into new progressive realms as we push the envelope of sustainability and education. Both Avalon Gardens North & South provide missionary training, spiritual internship programs and ministerial retreats. Please visit our learn page for more information on agricultural training and internship possibilities. All sincere laborers are invited to come and join in the harvest.
Tumacácori's Agricultural Past
The Santa Cruz River Valley south of Tucson has a long history of agriculture and farming. In 1691, Jesuit missionary Father Eusebio Francisco Kino established a mission site very close to where our gardens are presently located. Our 220-acre ranch land has been farmed continuously for centuries. Avalon Gardens South continues to honor this tradition and plan on annually increasing the quality of its products and the beautification of all its special places. Our mission is to make this land again a sacred place, as Father Kino used these lands to start the Tumacácori Mission in 1691, which included large grazing fields and gardens to provide for its indigenous community and neighbors. (Now the Tumacácori Mission, bordering our ranch land, is a National Historic Park.)
"I designed the logo for Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage combining the Tree of Life with the spiral to represent our Mother Earth in Divine Pattern. The spiral in many cultures represents the mother, the womb, fertility, feminine spirit, continual change, and the evolution of the universe. The Tree of Life is iconic of the first Garden of Eden in representing everlasting health and immortality. Like all art, much is left to the individual's personal interpretation."
~ Amadon DellErba
Global Change Media