our Story

Desert Provisions was born in Tucson, Arizona in 2017 and co-founded by Amanda Horton and Alex Bradspies. Amanda and Alex met in Portland, Oregon where they both lived for 12+ years and became good friends after moving to Tucson (fondly known as the Old Pueblo) in 2015 to work for the University of Arizona. Neither fancied themselves desert dwellers, but quickly fell in love with the magical allure of Tucson and the desert southwest. After months of drying and milling chiles in their respective kitchens and thoughtfully packaging for friends and family for gifts, they decided to explore how to take their passion to the masses. They both wanted to be able to share the special and unique elements of the desert with the rest of the world. Desert Provisions is the result of Amanda and Alex’s love for good food that’s all-natural, locally sourced, tastes great, and is well-packaged and designed.

Amanda is a lover of the outdoors, adventure beers, and the culprit of countless projects. Amanda was born and raised in the Willamette Valley in Oregon and currently lives in Tucson, but is often found in the wilds of Portland and Bend, Oregon. She is the current owner of Desert Provisions and manages all the day-to-day goings on.

Alex has a weakness for rescuing old houses and is always searching for the perfect street taco. Alex was born and raised in New York City and currently resides in New Hampshire with her husband and faithful pup, Captain.

Desert Provisions plans to expand to other desert-harvested products from the Sonoran Desert and beyond in the future. Stay in touch for what’s next!

photo of Amanda Horton / image by Alice Orelman McLean

photo of Amanda Horton / image by Alice Orelman McLean