Midtown Farm Medicines




The goal of the Midtown Farm is to transform Julia Keen Elementary, a closed public school, into a neighborhood resource that can help feed, educate and empower the local residents of Barrio Centro toward a more sustainable future. The Flowers and Bullets Collective, a Tucson based grassroots group, are the caretakers of the farm and they have been partnering with the University of Arizona and The Community and School Garden program over the past several years.

There are many aspects to the Midtown Farm besides food production, including tending to livestock, community organizing and the creation of art. Recently, there has been a communal space that has been created by using traditional earth works and is surrounded by passive rainwater harvesting basins. This gathering space will eventually be shaded by various mesquite trees. Along with these trees, several types of southwestern plants found in the Sonoran desert were installed with the goal of exposing the neighborhood to the surrounding native plants and how they can be used.

Below is a list of medicinal plants that can be found at this site.



Plant List: 


Larrea tridentata  |  creosote | gobernadora  |  segai


Simmondsia chinensis  | goat nut  | jojoba  | hohowai


Hyptis emoryi  |  desert lavender  |  salvia del desierto  | wiopal 


Baccaris sarothroides  |  desert broom  |  romerillo  |  su:sk wakck


Encelia farinosa  |  brittle bush  |  incienso  |  tohaws 


Nicotiana obtusifolia  |  tobacco  | tabaquito  |  ban wiwgao



, hediondilla Tohono O’odham:





creosote, chaparral, greasewoodSpanish: gobern

June, 2021