‘Pay by the Pound’ Program
Once members of T.O. nation and T.O. sister tribes have taken a workshop you will be certified to sell Ciolim, Wihog and I:ibhai directly to the farm. T.O. Tribal Members and members of T.O. sister tribes: if you plan to participate in the ‘Pay by the Pound’ program you must first register for and attend one of the Wild Harvest workshops. Register first by calling the farm 520.295.3774. Final day to register will be the day before the workshop.
Collection Times: The farm accepts bulk wild harvested items Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8am – 10am until the season ends.
Group Fundraising Opportunities
Community and youth groups from T.O Nation and T.O. sister tribes are encouraged to participate in the ‘Pay by the Pound’ program to raise money to support your important work. All individuals who will be collecting and selling must attend a harvest workshop first. Youth groups must have an adult aged group representative 18 years or older to be on site during collection times. The group should also have a bank account so the farm can write a check directly to your group. Please email us with any questions at all about how your group can get involved: Sales@SanXavierCoop.org
The San Xavier Cooperative Association (SXCA) Wild Foods Community Harvest Program works with the local community to learn how to harvest, process and prepare traditional wild Sonoran desert foods in a cultural and environmentally healthy way. Moving to a more traditional diet will help individuals and families combat food related illnesses, and making these foods more accessible is one way to achieve that goal. This program provides hands on training to easily incorporate these foods into a daily routine for the health and well being of everyone.
This program also provides an opportunity for tribal members to sell these foods through the SXCA Farm distribution channels which earns extra income and stimulates economic development around these healthy foods in San Xavier. These are foods that require only the natural rainfall to survive which is key for resiliency of the people in the desert southwest.