The nonprofit mission of Native Seeds/SEARCH is to conserve and promote arid-adapted crop diversity to nourish a changing world. We work within the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico to strengthen regional food security.
Please join us in this necessary work.


Mata Ortiz Pottery Show and Demonstration

Monday, February 2
10 AM - 4 PM
3061 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719

Join us to learn more about the beautiful artistry of pottery produced and painted by master potters from the village of Mata Ortiz in Chihuahua, Mexico. We will have a large representation of Mata Ortiz pottery for sale, as well as painting demonstrations by Master Artist Oralia Lopez. Oralia Lopez has set the standard in Mata Ortiz for finely executed geometric pottery designs. She is most famous for her unique pattern of graduated squares and triangles, drawn with such exactness that the secondary design of diamonds is produced. The designs are painted on white clay with black, red and white paints. Like all of the members of her family Oralia uses paints mixed from local minerals.

Pop Science

By Joy Hought, NS/S Research & Education Program Manager and Melissa Kruse-Peeples, Conservation Program Manager. Published on January 23, 2015.

The earliest varieties of maize must certainly have had small kernels as hard as glass.
– Edgar Anderson & Hugh Cutler, Races of Maize

In many ways, popcorn growing in a farmer’s field today is an anachronism: an organism that stubbornly belongs to another time, a time not only centuries past, but millennia. Small, glassy kernels on compact little cobs were the first identifiable domesticants to emerge from corn’s wild ancestor, teosinte (Zea mays ssp. parviglumis) and haven’t changed all that much in 8,000 years. Right here in our own back yard in the Tucson Basin, some of the oldest archeological evidence of corn in North America was found dating to over 4,000 years ago. This ancient corn was similar to the modern caramel brown Chapalote flint corn but was only an inch or two in length with a very thin cob, about the size of your pinky finger. The Chapalote race of maize is still used today for pinole as well as for popping but the last few centuries the variety now produces much larger ears.

Valentine's Weekend Plant Sale

February 13-15, 2015

10 AM - 2 PM
Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store
3061 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719

Find something pretty or spicy for your sweetheart at Native Seeds/SEARCH. Locally grown wildflowers, chiltepins, and chile pepper plants will be available during our Valentine's Day weekend plant sale. Members only hours are Friday, February 13 from 9-10 AM. NS/S members recieve 10% off all plants. Sign up to be a member at the sale an receive 15% off plants. Come early for the best selection.

Introducción a Guardar Semillas - En Español

Introduction to Seed Saving - In Spanish

NS/S tiene el gran placer de ofrecer, por primera vez llevado a cabo en su totalidad en español, el taller de introducción a la conservación de semillas este 7 de Marzo del 2015. Este curso se desarrolla en colaboración con el Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona y el Western Institute for Leadership Development, con el objetivo de dar acceso a todos los residentes de Arizona y de la frontera las técnicas de la conservación de semillas. Este es un curso piloto que nos ayudará a desarrollar más programación educativa para hispanohablantes. El taller se ofrece una tarifa rebajada y se dispone de becas para quienes las necesiten.

NS/S is excited to offer our first introductory seed saving workshop entirely in Spanish, on March 7, 2015. Development of this course is in partnership with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the Western Institute for Leadership Development, with the goal of making seed saving skills accessible to all residents of Southern Arizona and the borderlands. This is a pilot course that will help us develop future educational programming for Spanish-speakers. The workshop is being offered at reduced cost, and scholarships are available for those in need.

Introduction to Seed Saving

April 11-12, 2015
Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center
3584 E. River Rd.
Tucson, AZ

Native Seeds/SEARCH announces a 2-day seed saving course. This course is for gardeners, farmers, herbalists, nurseries, CSAs, non-profits, government agencies and everyone concerned with regional, sustainable and diverse agriculture. Learn more about this course.