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SWAAN Southwest Agroforestry Challenges and Best Practice Solutions

  • March 17, 2020
  • March 19, 2020
  • University of Arizona, ENR2 Building, Room 107, 1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, AZ


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • March 17: $40
    March 18: $40
    (SPECIAL - March 17 & 18: $75)
    March 19: $0

To comply with restrictions on large gatherings of people due to the spread of COVID19 (the coronavirus), we have canceled the current SWAAN Tucson conference dates. SWAAN will track coronavirus news and government advisories, and—as soon as feasible—will reschedule the conference and field trip and post the revised conference dates and agenda at this website.

Southwest Agroforestry Action Network

2nd Annual Conference

Southwest Agroforestry Challenges and Best Practice Solutions


WHEN: TBD, 2020

WHERE: University of Arizona, ENR2 Building, Room 107, 1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, AZ


The Southwest Agroforestry Action Network (SWAAN) mission: Helping people integrate trees, crops, and animals to regenerate Southwest landscapes. SWAAN’s scope of interest is forest-agricultural activities on tribal, state, federal, county, municipal and private lands in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.


This is a two-day conference.  Additionally, We have included an informal gathering on the first evening and a business meeting after the conference closes.

Tuesday, March 17

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Presentations :  $40 (Lunch Included)
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Informal Gathering: Food & Drink for Purchase
Location for the Tuesday sessions is University of Arizona, ENR2 Building, Room 107, 1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, AZ

    Wednesday, March 18

    • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Field Trips :  $40 (Lunch Included)
    • Agroforestry sites in Sonoita and Wilcox
    • Dunbar Spring neighborhood tree planting project, Tucson
    • Mission Garden, a modern re-creation of 4000 years of agriculture, Tucson
    Buses will load for the field trip at Mission Garden. Their physical address is 946 W Mission Lane, on the southeast corner of Mission Road and Mission Lane.

      Thursday, March 19

      • 9:00 am - Noon, SWAAN Annual Business Meeting: RSVP Requested

      UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension Office, 4210 N Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ

      Conference participants are invited to attend


        • Agricultural producers, Tribes, ranchers, community gardeners and orchardists, permaculturists, water harvesters, and others who produce food for themselves;
        • Representatives of government agencies, cooperative extension, universities, and nonprofit organizations who support sustainable solutions for agriculture, forestry, and communities through their programs; and
        • People interested in community food forests and forest-agricultural activities including alley cropping, forest farming, riparian forest buffers, silvopasture, windbreaks, and shelterbelts.


        Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Director, Arizona State University Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

        Dr. Kathleen Merrigan helped write the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. As the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture from 2009 to 2013, she managed the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative to support local and regional food systems. She became the first female chair of the ‘Ministerial Conference of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization in 2009 and was named one of Time magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world” in 2010. Prior to coming to ASU’s Swette Center, Dr. Merrigan was the executive director of sustainability at George Washington University, leading their Sustainability Collaborative and Food Institute.

        Brad Lancaster, Author of the book series Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond

        Brad Lancaster is a dynamic teacher, consultant, and designer of regenerative systems that sustainably enhance local resources and our global potential. Lancaster has taught water harvesting and sustainable design throughout North America as well as in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia. His hometown projects have included working with the City of Tucson and other municipalities to legalize, incentivize, and provide guidance on water-harvesting systems, demonstration sites, and policy. In Tucson, with just 11 inches of annual rainfall, he and his brother harvest around 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year on an eighth-acre urban lot and adjoining vegetated right-of-way.


        Special-Rate Conference hotel is Hotel Tucson City Center.  Call 520-622-3000 to make a reservation and mention that you are with the Southwest Agroforestry Group to get the special rate of $105 plus tax/night.  For public transit maps to and from the hotel and venue, click here.

        For a map of the SunLink streetcar system, click here. For additional information about the conference, please contact:

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