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Native Seeds/SEARCH is Seeking a New Executive Director

Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S) is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the 30-year old nonprofit conservation organization into its next phase. Please download the E.D. job description (PDF) for additional information. The salary for this position will be in the $60,000–70,000 range. Interested individuals should submit a written statement of interest, not to exceed two pages, along with a CV or resume, to:

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Native Seeds/SEARCH
c/o Cynthia Anson, Chair of Search Committee
3584 E River Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85718

Applications will be accepted through August 8, 2014.

At Native Seeds/SEARCH we believe that sustainable access to food for all people is achievable with the right approaches. At a time when rapid climate change, increasing water scarcity, and global resource depletion are challenging our food systems, crop diversity represents a critical lifeline to the resilient future that we all need.

Native Seeds/SEARCH has worked for over thirty years to keep that lifeline intact in the Southwest. By strengthening the conservation of the region's unique agricultural heritage and promoting its use through seed access and education, we are providing an important foundation for food security. And while our focus has always been fixed on issues here at home, our work has never had more potential for positive impacts in the world at large.

But we need your help. Our innovative and crucial programs are only possible because of continued public support from individuals like you. Please take a moment to make your tax-deductible gift and help us reach our fundraising goal of $60,000 by August 31st.

Your support is crucial. Together we can do our part to ensure food security and build a more abundant, diverse and sustainable world. Thank you for joining us in achieving our shared vision of resilient farms, strong communities and healthy individuals!

Monsoon Plant Sale at NS/S Retail Store

July 31 - August 1, 2, 3, 2014
NS/S Retail Store Location:
3061 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719

Members only hours are Thursday, July 31 from 9-10 AM and Friday, August 1 from 9-10 AM. NS/S members take 10% off all plants as well as all other items. Sign up to become a member at the sale. 

The Retail Store is open to all Monday-Friday from 10-5 and Saturday and Sunday from 9-4.

Squash Pollination

One of the most common gardening problems from those growing squash, cucumbers, or watermelons is the abundance of baby fruits, but none that grow to full size. The baby fruits shrivel and wither away. The most common reason for this is that the fruits were not pollinated. In this blog post we share information about how cucurbits are pollinated and provide instructions for hand pollinating squash that can be applied to other species in this plant family.

Native Seeds/SEARCH Announces New Programs

The Tucson, Arizona-based seed conservation nonprofit Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S) is pleased to announce two new programs to further its work in helping to build more sustainable and secure food systems across the Southwest region. The Seed Security Backup Program provides secure seed storage of outside seed collections within the NS/S seed bank facility. The Native American Bulk Seed Exchange Program shares large quantities of seeds from the NS/S collection with growers working to increase the supply of traditional seeds and foods within indigenous communities.

July Salon with Theresa Crimmins

Plant Responses to Climate Change

Monday, July 21, 2014
6 - 8 pm

In this presentation, Theresa Crimmins of the USA National Phenology Network will describe how the timing of flowering and other phenological events in plants of the Southwest are responding to a highly variable and changing climate. Theresa and her husband, Michael, have worked with local naturalist David Bertelsen for nearly a decade to interpret his over 150,000 records of plant flowering times in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Together, this team has documented clear patterns of change among some species, and resistance to change among others.

Meet NS/S Conservation Intern Elizabeth Axcahuiani Pantoja

This April, Native Seeds/SEARCH welcomed our newest Conservation Intern, Elizabeth Axcahiuani Pantoja, to the organization. Supported by a grant from the Christensen Fund, the six-month Conservation Internship program offers a unique and hands-on learning experience in crop genetic resources conservation to an individual working within Native communities. Elizabeth is a passionate food justice advocate and an active member of the Tlamanalcah Peoples, an affiliation of people of indigenous Mexican descent in Tucson. We recently sat down with Elizabeth to discuss her experience here so far.

A Spanish-language version of this interview is available here.