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Germination Testing at Home

By Laura Neff, NS/S Education Assistant. Published March 19, 2018.

At Native Seeds/SEARCH, we want to ensure that all seeds in our seed bank and those distributed to growers like you, are healthy and viable. One way we do this is through germination testing. In fact, germination testing is required by federal and state law to ensure that seeds sold meet minimum germination standards.

As a home gardener and seed saver, you can use the same principles of germination testing to make sure your seeds are going to sprout when planted.

Native Health Traditional and Community Gardens in Phoenix, AZ

By Nancy Reid, Retail Associate. Published March 13, 2018.

It was a brisk Saturday morning, February 24th, when three Native Seeds/SEARCH staff traveled from Tucson to Phoenix to offer assistance with weeding and planting seed at the Native Health Traditional and Community Gardens in Phoenix. Access to the spacious farmland in the heart of Phoenix at Indian School and Central was provided by Agave Farms, a sustainable agricultural demonstration site, plant nursery, and community space. The purpose of the garden is to encourage the growth of healthy native foods for clients of Native Health- a non-profit health and wellness provider.

Understanding and Nurturing Desert Native Bees

By Bill McGuire, NS/S Board Member. Published March 5, 2018.

Do you know that every desert native bee is a wonder woman? The females of these mainly solitary, stingless bees are pollinators supreme in gardens, orchards, and natural spaces. Yet they go about their vital work largely unsupported. It’s time to correct this – and you can be part of the solution!

Growing Teosinte (Zea mays parvaglumis)

By Nancy Reid, NS/S Retail Associate. Published February 5, 2018.

There is so much to learn about the mysterious teosinte that I was stumped when asked to create a report on growing it, so I’ll simply share what I’ve read and observed while studying the plants growing at the retail store in mid-town Tucson, Arizona.

CSG Highlight: Orchard Community Learning Center

By Carly Herndon, AmeriCorps Vista Intern. Published January 18, 2018.

In 2017 NS/S donated over 3,916 seed packets to 157 organizations, and we are ready to kick off 2018 with the next cycle of Community Seed Grants. If you are a part of an organization in the Greater Southwest region that supports educational, food security, and community development projects, then you may be eligible for a Community Seed Grant. Find out how to apply here.

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