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Shop Local Saturday at NS/S Retail Store

Saturday, November 29
NS/S Retail Store Location:
3061 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719

Native seeds/SEARCH invites you to celebrate and support local businesses November 29th. As part of small business Saturday, we will be having tastings of local Prickly Pear Tea and Sonoran Cocoa by Desert Tortoise Botanicals. The tasting will be from 10:00 am till noon at our retail store. We will also be offering all Desert Tortoise Botanicals products for 10% off and 15% off for members all day. Come out and taste the desert and support local!

The Retail Store is open everyday from 10-5. The store will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Winter Plant Sale at NS/S Retail Store

December 12-14, 2014
3061 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719

Sale hours are 10 AM to 5 PM each day. Members only hours are Friday, December 12 from 9-10 AM. NS/S members take 10% off all plants. Sign up to become a member at the sale. The Winter season plant sale will offer a diversity of seasonally appropriate wildflowers, ready for transplanting into your garden. Come early for the best selection. Plants available at the sale are listed below.

 

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.