El dia de San Ysidro Labrador

2 Jun

IMG_3581A couple of weeks ago, The Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace (www.tucsonsbirthplace.org) put on a spectacular event for the public at the San Agustin Mission Garden. A procession began from the site of the former San Agustin Mission. The procession include mariachis, folks in period garb, and members of the Tohono and Pascua Yaqui tribes. Big Jim Griffith, Tucson’s famed folklorist and historian shared the stories of San Ysidro, saint and farmer. The festival celebrated the harvest.

Together we travelled the gardens, while blessings were shared for the orchard, animals, fields and food. Sonoran wheat was harvested. Singing, dancing and music-making punctuated the celebration. Josefina Lizarraga prepared pozole for all who gathered.

I was excited to see the growth of the orchard in the short time these 120 heritage trees have been planted. The gardens continue to grow and take shape. Free tours are available each Saturday, from 8 AM to noon. I would encourage you to check it out! Tucson has something very special here – the only garden of its kind in the region – “the first living, edible museum of agricultural history in the Southwest.”

My hope is that one day, the dream of the Tucson Origins Heritage Park, the vision of Prop 400, may come to fruition. Maybe it starts with the re-creation of the mission and convento?

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