Upcoming Events

Native Seeds/SEARCH Events


Arid Abundance Community Potlucks

Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center, 3584 E River Road in Tucson
11 AM - 12:30 PM
Every month we focus on a different food plant that either grows wild or is commonly cultivated in our arid climate. We encourage attendees to bring dishes with Sonoran ingredients, every potluck is an educational opportunity to learn how to identify, cultivate, harvest, and use the many food plants that are present throughout the local landscape. Seed Bank and Garden tours during the event. Free event, all ages welcome.

Saturday, September 23rd: Cowpeas


Seed Processing Workdays

Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center, 3584 E River Road in Tucson
Free the chile seeds from their walls! Find the best beans and clear away the rest! Shell the corn, and winnow the squash.
We had excellent harvests from 2016 meaning we have LOTS of seed to process and clean. Come help out and learn about seed saving. Children welcome but parental supervision required. Come for all or part of the event. Dates and times:
Thursday, July 20th from 1-4 PM
Thursday, August 3rd from 1-4 PM
Saturday, August 19th from 9 AM - 12 PM


Introduction to Seed Saving

Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center, 3584 E. River Road in Tucson
September 9-10, 2017
9 AM to 4 PM each day.
$135 for NS/S Members and $145 for Non-Members. Lunch is included.
This 2-day course is for gardeners, farmers, herbalists, nurseries, CSAs, non-profits, government agencies and everyone concerned with regional, sustainable and diverse agriculture. Scholarships for the course are available to those who have previously participated in our Community Seed Grant Program or Native American Seed Request program. Please email Melissa, Education Coordinator, for scholarship information. Scholarship requests are due by August 15, 2017.  Register here.

Fall Planting Workshop

Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center, 3584 E. River Road in Tucson
September 23, 2017
9AM to 11AM
$10 suggested donation.
The fall season is a great time to plant many vegetables in the desert. Join us in learning the basics of fall planting in the desert. We will go over what vegetable and wildflower varieties to plant, plus numerous gardening techniques. Please RSVP by emailing Carly at cherndon@nativeseeds.org or calling 520-622-0830 ex 112.


Where to find Native Seeds/SEARCH in the community

Come visit us at community events throughout the Southwest. Contact us at info@nativeseeds.org if you are interested in hosting NS/S at a community event such as a public talk, festival, or farmer's market.  Please include location, time, possible honorarium, and details about the type of audience and expected number of individuals. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

Phoenix Public Market - Pop-up Shop and Workshop

Every 3rd Saturday August - December
8 AM - 12 PM
721 N Central Avenue (Central and McKinley)
Join us for a pop-up shop during the weekly Saturday farmer's market. We will have seeds for our favorite varieties to plant in the Phoenix area, heritage food products, and information for you to succeed with your garden. At 9 AM there will be free workshop. Aug: Water Wise Vegetable Gardening in the Desert. Sept: Cool Season Vegetable Gardening the Desert. Oct: Basics of Seed Saving. Nov: Desert Foods for the Holidays - Mesquite, Tepary Beans, Heritage Corn and Wheat. Dec: Starting and Saving Tomatoes in your Desert Garden.


Gardening in Aridlands

Monday, September 11th
1 PM - 2 PM
Dusenberry-River Library in Tucson
Join in our workshop hosted by the library! We will cover what to plant for our desert climate, water-wise techniques, soil, and bed types.



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