Welcome to the page where we are supposed to brag about us. Problem is – we don’t like to brag.

The authors for this site bring a wide range of skills to the table. We forage, wildcraft, grow, harvest, prepare, and above all – savor! As “Savorists” we use plants, animals, and minerals native to the Southwest, and introduced plants, animals, and minerals as well. We are thankful for the bounty bestowed. Please browse our pages and look at what we have to offer.

Dr. Jacqueline A. Soule


Jacqueline grew up camping, hiking, and foraging throughout the Southwest USA and Mexico, often in the company of Native people, or the descendants of New Spain colonists. These early experiences fostered her love of plant lore and she has been expanding he knowledge ever since.

Jacqueline is technically a trained Ethnobotanist, looking at human uses of plants.  She is also a long-time Southwest gardener and award-winning garden writer. Of her fourteen books, two are cookbooks, and nine are on gardening in the unique Southwestern climate. She has been a popular columnist for many years with weekly and monthly columns in a number of national, regional and local publications. Jacqueline has a Ph.D., but she doesn’t flaunt her science education, a trait that makes her a popular speaker with green industry professionals and garden clubs alike.  Presentations are now via Zoom and other distance learning options.

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Monica M. King

Monica shows how docile these Africanized bees are – NOW – after getting a new queen. Do NOT do this unless you are highly experienced.

Monica is a third generation bee-keeper living off-grid in Southern AZ. With no hard-wired source of electricity, she and her spouse eat a great deal of fresh seasonal foods, plus they dry or can the bounty for later enjoyment. This makes for some delightful meals.

Monica is currently the President of the Southern Arizona Beekeepers. She offers beekeeping workshops and has trained hundreds of successful (and happy) beekeepers.

Speaking of bees – if you have a hive dwelling in an unwanted space on your property, Monica offers a bee removal service. You may contact her via email or text her telephone. 52zero-24zero-zero532 (sorry – have to write it to keep the evil trolls away.)

Monica and husband Dan also run a business offering prehistoric pottery –

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Uncle Smokey

savor-southwest-smokeyUncle Smokey is a self-confessed “old curmudgeon” in his fifth decade (Editors note – and he thinks that’s old!). He makes a lot of bachelor-type meals, quick yet tasty.

The reason we twisted his arm to come on board is because he is our outdoor chef. He uses gas and charcoal grills, wood-fired smoker, and campfire – all with great skill. When he sets something out in the Dutch oven – well, we are all in for a tasty treat.

He also makes his own sausage, so be on the lookout for some mouthwatering posts.


Presentations and Classes Available

We can speak to your group – including through remote webinars! Jacqueline has a high quality set up and has been producing both live and recorded webinars for over a year.

Combined we have a vast array of knowledge! We cook, we garden, forage, raise chickens, ducks, and other animals, keep bees, rescue bees, have home orchards, harvest and use herbs and other products for cooking, health, crafts, not to mention writing books.

We are skilled at public speaking and can offer programs for an upcoming club meeting or other event.  Presentations are now via Zoom and other distance learning options.

Online Classes

We now offer online classes for a small fee.  These are through the site New Zenler At this point we have two available and hope to add more really soon.

Make your own soothing lotion in Jacqueline’s online class. You can use these simple ingredients found in most kitchens!

Make Your Own Herbal Lotion

For a class on making your own lotion, visit our online class site – on New Zenler!

Note – this is a two step process.  First you sign up to be a member of the site (free), then you sign up (and pay) to take the class.

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