Contribute

In-Kind Contributions to Native Seeds/SEARCH

Native Seeds/SEARCH relies on the generous support of individuals, organizations and companies to make our work a reality. In additional to financial support, in-kind donations of equipment and services are invaluable and much-appreciated.

Below is the current list of immediate in-kind needs that NS/S staff have identified. If you are able, please consider making a direct tax-deductible donation of these goods and services by contacting us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 520-622-0830x100. Except where noted, we can happily accept used equipment as well as new. Thank you for your support!

Join Us in Building a Resilient Future

At Native Seeds/SEARCH we believe that sustainable access to food for all people is achievable with the right approaches. At a time when rapid climate change, increasing water scarcity, and global resource depletion are challenging our food systems, crop diversity represents a critical lifeline to the resilient future that we all need.

Native Seeds/SEARCH has worked for over thirty years to keep that lifeline intact in the Southwest. By strengthening the conservation of the region's unique agricultural heritage and promoting its use through seed access and education, we are providing an important foundation for food security. And while our focus has always been fixed on issues here at home, our work has never had more potential for positive impacts in the world at large.

But we need your help. Our innovative and crucial programs are only possible because of continued public support from individuals like you. Please take a moment to make your tax-deductible gift and help us reach our fundraising goal of $60,000 by August 31st.

Your support is crucial. Together we can do our part to ensure food security and build a more abundant, diverse and sustainable world. Thank you for joining us in achieving our shared vision of resilient farms, strong communities and healthy individuals!

Capital Campaign

We are constantly working to enhance our ability to meet the growing demand for seed preservation, seed production and increased seed collection.

Native Seeds/SEARCH has built a new $1.5M conservation facility that provides a larger, safer and more secure location to house our seed collection. As a result, we will be able to not only continue our work but also expand the work we do. Although we've raised nearly $1.1M as of April 2010, we still have a way to go. Please read below to see if you would like to join the campaign effort.

Highlights of the new NS/S Seed Bank:

  • Increased seed safety and security with back-up generator, security system and sprinkler system.
  • Nearly 5,200 sq. feet of work space including administration and conservation offices, a state of the art seed vault, cold storage and a seed processing area big enough to accomodate several staff and volunteers.
  • Partnership with Pima County to create demonstration gardens, historic orchards, community classroom space, a retail outlet and a commercial kitchen.
  • Active and passive green construction features, including solar energy, recylced blue jean insulation and infrastructure for a rainwater harvesting system.
  • A beautiful hand tiled donor wall to recognize our Campaign supporters.
  • Located at Tucson’s new Brandi Fenton Memorial Park in the Binghampton National Historic Landscape, this site is listed on the National Register of Historic Landscapes because of its extensive agricultural legacy.

Other Support

Legacy Giving

Share your legacy with Native Seeds/SEARCH and ensure that future generations benefit from past generations' conservation of this region's rich agricultural heritage. After you have provided for your family, you may wish to consider a bequest to Native Seeds/SEARCH. Depending upon the type of gift, you may consider using the wording below:

Wills with a specific bequest:

"I hereby give and bequeath to Native Seed/SEARCH, a non-profit Arizona corporation located at 3584 E. River Road, Tucson, Arizona, 85718, Tax I.D. #94-2899356, the sum of $______ to be used for its general operations."

For a gift other than cash simply describe the gift or gifts.

Memberships & Renewals

By becoming a member of Native Seeds/SEARCH you are helping to conserve a diversity of crops that are uniquely adapted to the challenging growing conditions of the Greater Southwest. These crops represent an important genetic resource for global food security concerns as well as a priceless collection of cultural heritage. Individual annual memberships provide vital support for Native Seeds/SEARCH’s innovative efforts.

As a Native Seeds/SEARCH member, you will receive:

  • Access to seeds that are in low supply and otherwise unavailable
  • The Seedhead News, our newsletter published three times each year
  • Our annual Seedlisting catalog
  • A 10% discount on all product purchases (online, mail order and retail)
  • Discounted tuition for workshops and courses
  • Special members-only email promotions, including discounts for web orders
  • Invitations to special events at our Seed Bank, Conservation Farm and Store
  • Early access to NS/S plant sales

Please become a member or renew your membership today. From Squash to Sunflower, every membership counts. Thank you for your support!

Volunteer With Us

At Native Seeds/SEARCH, we depend heavily on our volunteers to help grow, conserve, and distribute the seed which is at the heart of our organization. The work we do offers volunteers the opportunity to help in a variety of ways – at our store, the Conservation Center (seed bank), on our farm in Patagonia, at special events, and more. There are opportunities for both groups and for individuals, short term and longer term.