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Barney Burns Celebration of Life

Please join us at the Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center on November 2, 2014, to celebrate the life of NS/S co-founder Barney Burns. Services will be held from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM and will be followed by a potluck and music from 12:00 to 1:30 PM. All are welcome.

Sunday, November 2, 2014
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center
3584 E River Rd, Tucson AZ
(across from Brandi Fenton Park)

October NS/S Salon - Our Sacred Maiz Is Our Mother


with Dr. Roberto Cintli Rodriquez, University of Arizona

Monday October 20
6 pm

Join us and learn about Dr. Roberto Cintli Rodriquez's new book, Our Sacred Maiz Is Our Mother: Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas. He will discuss the long history of maíz cultivation and culture, its roots in Mesoamerica, and its living relationship to Indigenous peoples throughout the continent, including Mexicans and Central Americans now living in the United States.

Native Seeds/SEARCH Salons happen every third Monday of the month at our Conservation Center at 3584 E. River Road, and have a little something for anyone who has ever wielded a fork or pitchfork.  Event is free and open to the public.

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.

Fall Plant Sale at NS/S Retail Store

October 17 - 19, 2014
3061 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719

Sale hours are 10 AM to 5 PM each day. Members only hours are Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 from 9-10 AM. NS/S members take 10% off all plants. Sign up to become a member at the sale. The Fall season plant sale will offer a diversity of seasonally appropriate landscape varieties. Fall is a wonderful time to start landscape plants. Come early for the best selection. Plants available at the sale are listed below. Cool season vegetable and herb varieties will be discounted 20% during the plant sale. Members receive an additional 10% off.

We had planed on having vegetable starts of kale, cabbage, broccoli, and herbs available for the sale. Unfortunately grasshopper predation and a successive number of cloudy days in the growing location mean the plants are too small for this event. But there is still time to plant seeds of these crop varieties. Therefore we have discounted all cool season seed varieties during the weekend of the sale.

Diversity in Amaranth

By Joy Hought, NS/S Research & Education Program Manager. Published on September 20, 2014.

A few days ago we harvested mature stalks from about 15 amaranth accessions at the NS/S Conservation Farm, in preparation for our workshop on October 4th. Melissa, our Conservation Program Manager, then creatively rigged them up back here at the seed bank, upside down in grain sacks to catch any mature seeds as they dry. In our work we talk about diversity all the time, but it’s delightful to see it so clearly in a community of plants that have been stewarded over millennia among different peoples and geographies. It sort of overtakes you when you’re standing amongst them in the field, each one with its own particular beauty.