Monday, May 6, 2013

Celebrate Mothers at Tohono Chul!

Celebrate Mothers, grandmothers and our Tohono Chul partnership!

Mothers and grandmothers all over the world have their favorite recipes for traditional family fare. For refugee families these recipes are often their only link to homes they have had to leave behind. At Iskashitaa Refugee Network we not only connect refugee families to fruits and other backyard bounty that would otherwise go to waste, but also share their rich flavors of culinary traditions.

Iskashitaa Refugee Network will be at Tohono Chul Park on Sunday, May 12 from 10am-4pm to share our stories and local foods. Come sample products from our new food line and purchase more from La Fuente Museum Shop to take home and share with others.

Oh, and the best part, all mothers and grandmothers will enjoy free admission! Iskashitaa invites volunteers and supporters who want to treat refugees to a special Sonoran day of outdoor fun at Tohono Chul.

For non-mother guest passes contact: Please do not forget to send us your garden reflection, peak park memorable moment, refugee quote or noteworthy experience after celebrating with Tohono Chul and Iskashitaa.

If you would like to help with this event, please email

Friday, May 3, 2013

Grateful for Our Founders

Iskashitaa Refugee Network is very grateful for our funders.  We are thrilled to announce that in April we were named the recipients of grants from three funders. 

We would like to thank the Desert Southwest Conference Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church for their support of our harvesting program. 

We would also like to thank the Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona for their support of Dishes & Stories, Iskashitaa's social venture in partnership with Crossings Kitchen. The Women's Foundation has provided funding for the first year of activities including recipe testing and curriculum development and implementation, which will help us build toward the goal of a café and training center for refugee and immigrant women.

Additionally, as a part of LEAF's (Linking Edible Arizona Forests) successful proposal to the University of Arizona Green Fund, Iskashitaa Refugee Network will host an intern for the 2013-2014 academic year. The intern will work to develop materials related to best practices for harvesting local food including carob, pomegranates, and various types of citrus.

Natalie Brown
Development Director