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Cowpea Season

By Sheryl Joy, NS/S Seed Distribution Coordinator. Published on December 23, 2014.

‘Tis the season … when the humble cowpea has its moment of fame! For those with African-American or Southern roots, Hoppin’ John is the traditional meal on New Year's Day. There are many variations on the Hoppin’ John recipe, but one ingredient is absolutely necessary: black-eyed peas.

Native Seeds/SEARCH Names New Director

Larrie Warren has been named Executive Director of Native Seeds/SEARCH, a nonprofit seed conservation organization based in Tucson, Arizona. He assumed the position on November 10. Chris Schmidt, Interim Executive Director since February, stays on in a senior managerial role and as grants administrator.

In making the announcement, Cynthia Anson, chairman of the Board of Directors of Native Seeds/SEARCH, said, “We are excited to welcome Larrie. He brings both a deep connection to the Greater Southwest and a global perspective on the value of our work."

Warren brings more than 20 years of leadership experience working with international development and program management. He has worked most recently with food relief in troubled areas of East Africa, witnessing firsthand the need to build resilient and sustainable local food systems.

The Squash Chronicles, continued: Grow Winter Squash in the Summertime with this Crazy Old Trick!

By Sheryl Joy, NS/S Seed Distribution Coordinator. Published on October 28, 2014.

So what’s the trick?? All squash grows in the summer time! But squash terminology is undoubtedly a bit confusing. It’s not unusual for us here at NS/S to get questions like "What sort of winter squash should I plant in Phoenix in November?" But winter squash isn’t like winter wheat; even in Phoenix it doesn’t grow well in the cool of the year. All squash plants need the heat and long sunny days of summer to be productive. So why do we use this terminology?

Recovering and Reviving Our Original Diet

By Elizabeth Pantoja, NS/S Conservation Intern. Published September 25, 2014.

Recently I came across some great information put together by Aztec Stories that talked about the importance of including our original foods in our present diet. By this I mean eating foods that have originally grown here in this western hemisphere prior to European contact, prior to 1492. Both a group of Indigenous educators and myself were having a discussion with students about why these foods were important and many of the young students were not aware of some of these foods and had never tasted what was once a common staple of their Ancestors. The answer to why is clear.