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.


All About Chiles

By Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Conservation Program Manager. Published on February, 20, 2015.

Whether it is red or green in New Mexico, spicy jalapenos of Tex-mex recipes, or fiery chiltepines of the borderlands, chiles are synonymous with Southwestern cuisine and central to our culinary identity. Chiles are also a large part of the agricultural economy of our region. The hot summer climate and sandy soils of southern New Mexico and Arizona come together to create a million dollar chile industry. However, you may be surprised to learn that chiles are a relatively recent part of the 4,000 year old Southwestern agricultural history and were not commonly grown or eaten until the last several hundred years.

Native American Seed Growers Workshop

March 6-7, 2015
Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center and Conservation Farm

Native Seeds/SEARCH announces a 2-day workshop for Native American farmers interested in growing, saving, and storing seed. Join us in learning the art and science of seeds, appropriate storage procedures, isolation techniques, seed processing equipment, and growing practices. The workshop will also feature a field day (Saturday, March 7) to the Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Farm in Patagonia, Arizona. The goal of this program is to bring together Native American farmers focused on or interested in growing and stewarding traditional seeds. There is no workshop fee and lunch will be provided. Interested participants should contact Melissa Kruse-Peeples, Conservation Program Manager at 520-622-0830 ext. 106 or mpeeples[at] to RSVP and discuss the schedule. Space is limited. The workshop is supported with funds from The Christensen Foundation.

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.