Seed Diaries

Beck's Gardenville Okra

Beck's Gardenville Okra

Bisbee Black Cow Pea

Bisbee Black Cow Pea

Del Rio Chiltepin

Del Rio Chiltepin

Glass Gem Corn

Glass Gem Corn

Silver-edged Squash

Silver-edged Squash

Teosinte

Teosinte

Tarahumara Chia

Tarahumara Chia

Santo Domingo Ceremonial Tobacco

Santo Domingo Ceremonial Tobacco

Hopi Black Dye Sunflower

Hopi Black Dye Sunflower

Sonoran Chiltepin

Sonoran Chiltepin

Navajo Robin's Egg Corn

Navajo Robin's Egg Corn

Tohono Oodham Ha:l Squash

Tohono Oodham Ha:l Squash

Tohono O'odham White Teparies

Tohono O'odham White Teparies

Mrs Burn's Famous Lemon Basil

Mrs Burn's Famous Lemon Basil

White Sonora Wheat

White Sonora Wheat

Mayo Deer Dance Rattle Gourd

Mayo Deer Dance Rattle Gourd

Devil's Claw

Devil's Claw

Sonoran Panic Grass

Sonoran Panic Grass

Tepehuan Tomatillo

Tepehuan Tomatillo

Hopi Red Dye Amaranth

Hopi Red Dye Amaranth

Hopi Short Staple Cotton

Hopi Short Staple Cotton

Maricopa Sweetcorn

Maricopa Sweetcorn

Seeds have a lot more to offer than just providing us with food. Every seed has a story. A place. A history. At Native Seeds/SEARCH, we steward a collection of desert-adapted, culturally significant heirloom seeds originating from the Southwestern United States and Northwest Mexico. These seeds represent over 4,000 years of agricultural history in the region and reflect the diversity of people, cultures, cuisines, and environments of the area.

In order to celebrate this diversity and tell the stories of these seeds, we have created the Seed Diaries Project. In this section, you will find diaries, or stories, for a sample of the nearly 2,000 accessions within the Native Seeds/SEARCH collection. These stories range from telling how seeds are used, such as how the Hopi Black Dye Sunflower seeds are used to make a purple dye, to uncovering unexpected history such as how Beck’s Gardenville Okra seeds were smuggled into the U.S. inside a camera in the 1940's. We hope that the stories of these seeds will inspire you to grow and care for these seeds, thereby adding to their story and conservation for generations to come.

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