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Heat and Drought Tolerant Varieties from NS/S

In the recent book Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land (PB1058), Native Seeds/SEARCH co-founder Gary Nabhan discusses how farmers and gardeners are desperately seeking ways to adapt how they grow food in a world of climate change. One solution promoted by Nabhan is to to grow varieties that are best suited to warmer, drier climates such as those originating from the Greater Southwest region conserved in the NS/S Seed Bank. Many are traditionally dry-farmed, surviving on rainfall and soil moisture without the use of irrigation, and are well adapted to the extreme heat and drought that are part of “the new normal” of global climatic uncertainty.

Giving Voice to Seeds: Hopi Red Dye Amaranth

Our food has a story to tell. Whether purchased off a supermarket shelf or picked from a backyard garden, each morsel we eat carries with it a rich history that spans cultures and stretches back across centuries. At its essence, the story of our food crops is a tale of seeds—a Homeric odyssey chronicling the travels, travails, and transformations of these tiny flecks of life on their epic journeys from ancient fields to modern day forks.

Cholla Bud Harvesting Workshops - New Date Added!

With Martha "Muffin" Burgess

Saturday, April 12, 2014  **New Date!**

Friday, April 25, 2014
8 - 11 am

With our unseasonably warm weather this spring, the chollas are budding a bit early. We've added another workshop date (April 12th) to enjoy the abundance of this year's harvest! 

Ethnobotanist and NS/S board member Martha Burgess (Flor de Mayo Arts) will show you how to harvest, process, preserve, and cook with cholla buds, a traditional food of the Native Peoples of the Sonoran desert. Cholla buds are a superfood with high available calcium and complex carbohydrates that help balance blood sugar levels and provide sustained energy.

$30 for NS/S members
$40 for non-members (includes NS/S membership)

The workshops will begin at a residential location in West Tucson (directions will be emailed to you).
Register online for April 12th or April 25th. To register by phone, call 520.622.0830 x100.