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Hopi Learning Adventure Tour

Seeds of Hopi Art and Culture: A Learning Adventure with Mark Bahti
May 6 – 10, 2013

Picture in your mind soaring, scarlet mesas crowned by ancient multi-story adobe villages. Listen to the wind rustling through rows of blue, red, and yellow corn growing in traditional gardens scraped from the dry earth. There is so much more to the lives of the Hopi people than katsina dolls, earthen pueblo villages, distinctive pottery and jewelry, and even the awesome beauty of the land in which they live. Theirs is a culture that has endured change with impressive success for more than a millennium, a tradition of values rooted in the land. Are you ready to venture back in time to this storied and beautiful place?

Join us for an exceptional 5-day journey into the captivating culture of the Hopi people hosted by Piet and Mary Van de Mark of Baja’s Frontier Tours and guided by noted author, scholar, and second-generation Indian art dealer Mark Bahti. On this unforgettable adventure, we will visit the mesas of the Colorado Plateau in Northern Arizona to explore ancient villages, shops, and homes and learn directly from the Hopi. Discover ancient petroglyph sites, savor traditional foods, learn about Hopi farming methods (and their incredible seed diversity!), watch world-class artisans at work, and much more.

Price: $1895 for double occupancy. Single supplement $280.

Limited to just 19 participants, the cost includes scenic and comfortable round-trip travel, pleasant accommodations, meals, and fascinating experiences to last a lifetime. Part of the proceeds of this tour benefit Native Seeds/SEARCH. Co-sponsored by Tohono Chul Park.

For full information or to register please visit the Baja’s Frontier Tours website (www.bajasfrontiertours.com). You may also call Piet and Mary at (520) 887-2340 or send an email to piet@bajafrontiertours.com.

Securing the Future of Food

Securing the Future of Food

Crop diversity is key to achieving sustainable food security both globally and within our own region of focus, the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico. Our approach to food security focuses on seed security, which relies on the conservation and sharing of appropriate crop diversity and the knowledge to use that diversity effectively. Our programs are designed to address these goals and broadly entail:

  • Seed banking to ensure the survival of unique agricultural biodiversity and to document its traits.
  • Seed distribution so that these crops continue to contribute to the region's food systems.
  • Support for on-farm maintenance of dynamically-evolving crop varieties.
  • Research into low-input and climate-appropriate agricultural practices.
  • Education in managing local crop diversity and contributing to regional efforts.
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Many Ways to Get Connected with Seeds

Many Ways to Get Seeds

Agricultural biodiversity is most valuable when it is actively used to strengthen local food and farming systems. With this in mind, Native Seeds/SEARCH strives to provide affordable public access to seeds of regionally-appropriate crop varieties. We have programs designed to meet the needs of many types of individuals and organizations.

    • ADAPTS: An online platform for exploring the contents of the NS/S seed bank collection. If you want to conduct a detailed search for appropriate crop varieties, start here. Otherwise, you may explore currently available seed varieties through our online store.
    • Native American Free Seed Program: Provides a limited number of seed packets at zero or reduced cost to Native American individuals.
    • Seed Library: If you are in Tucson, Arizona, we encourage you to visit our seed library.
    • Retail Sales: If you are looking for seeds for personal use and are ineligible for seeds through our other programs, you may purchase seeds online or at our retail store in Tucson, Arizona. Some varieties are in limited supply and are restricted to NS/S members and Free Seed recipients.
    • ADAPTS: An online platform for exploring the contents of the NS/S seed bank collection. If you want to conduct a detailed search for appropriate crop varieties, start here. Otherwise, you may explore currently available seed varieties through our online store.
    • Native American Free Seed Program: Provides a limited number of seed packets at zero or reduced cost to Native American individuals.
    • Bulk Seed Exchange: Makes bulk seed quantities available to farmers in exchange for a return of seeds after a successful harvest.
    • Retail Sales: If you are looking for seeds for personal use and are ineligible for seeds through our other programs, you may purchase seeds online or at our retail store in Tucson, Arizona. Some varieties are in limited supply and are restricted to NS/S members and Free Seed recipients.
    • ADAPTS: An online platform for exploring the contents of the NS/S seed bank collection. If you want to conduct a detailed search for appropriate crop varieties, start here. Otherwise, you may explore currently available seed varieties through our online store.
    • Community Seed Grants: Free seeds for organizations (including schools) that are working to promote nutrition, food security, education, agricultural sustainability, and/or community resilience.
    • Retail Sales: If you are looking for seeds for personal use and are ineligible for seeds through our other programs, you may purchase seeds online or at our retail store in Tucson, Arizona. Some varieties are in limited supply and are restricted to NS/S members and Free Seed recipients.
    • ADAPTS: An online platform for exploring the contents of the NS/S seed bank collection. If you want to conduct a detailed search for appropriate crop varieties, start here. Otherwise, you may explore currently available seed varieties through our online store.
    • Researchers: If you are a researcher interested in incorporating material from our collection into your research, please contact us. We are committed to continued open public accessibility of crop diversity and will not make seeds available for research purposes that are contrary to that goal.
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Many Ways to Get Educated

Many Ways to Get Educated

At Native Seeds/SEARCH, we believe that education is an important key to building individual and community capacity for seed and food security. Our education offerings are intended to provide skills and knowledge around seed saving, aridlands agriculture, and related topics.

  • Courses and Workshops: Our instructional programming trains individuals and organizations in the Southwest to save, share, and produce their own seeds. We offer focused courses for students at different learning levels and seed saving goals.
  • Native Seeds/SEARCH Blog: Our blog is frequently updated with stories and practical advice related to the work that we do and the issues that we care about.
  • The Seedhead News: Our tri-annual newsletter also contains a wealth of useful information to help you get the most out of your seeds and to understand their cultural and historical contexts.
  • Our website also contains pages about Gardening in the Desert and Seed Saving.
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Introducing ADAPTS, the NS/S Public Collection Database

Introducing ADAPTS, the NS/S Public Collection Database

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