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  • | Lissa Marinaro

    Remembering Laura Kerman

    by Karen Reichhardt Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S) is honored to celebrate the life of an extraordinary woman and seedkeeper during this year’s Women’s History Month. Laura Kerman (1895-1999), a Tohono O’odham woman from Topawa, Arizona, is recognized as an influential resource and inspiration durin... View Post
  • | Joel Johnson

    Winter Garden Update

    by Joel Johnson, Seed Production Technician After several weeks in the upper 70s, a late January snow on the Santa Catalinas reminded us that we really did have a winter! Now we’re back to blue skies and spring sprouts. Lots of changes are taking place in the Conservation Center grow-out gardens—... View Post
  • | Joel Johnson

    Adopt a Crop End-of-Summer Update

    The thermometer is still dancing between 99 and 100 as I write in mid-October, but I’m branding this our “end of summer” update in hopes that maybe wishing will make it so.   Those of you Sonoran Desert dwellers know that calling this summer a challenging growing season is an understatement. Nat... View Post
  • | Sheryl Joy

    Unpredictable Monsoons Affect Planting Times

    by Sheryl Joy, Collections Curator In the Greater Southwest, El Dia de San Juan (June 24) has long been celebrated as the time of the coming of the summer rains.  A time to celebrate the end of the dry-heat, to rejoice in the crack of lightning, the crash of thunder and the rush of rain that mean... View Post
  • | Sheryl Joy

    Will This Seed Grow Where I live?

    It's seed-catalog browsing season, that time when many gardeners around the country find a cozy spot to do their garden dreaming and planning. This season our NS/S staff often hear this question: Will this variety grow well in my garden in ________?  Fill in the blank with any town from Wenatchee... View Post
  • | Laura Neff

    Students Experience Wheat from Seed to Plate

    By Laura Neff, Education Coordinator At Native Seeds/SEARCH we are always excited to hear stories involving the arid-adapted crop seeds that were obtained either by sale, or through one of our many seed access programs. In September, Mike Warner, a teacher from Tempe High School in Tempe, Arizon... View Post
  • | Sheryl Joy

    Lessons from Teosinte

    By Sheryl Joy, Collections Manager Growing plants, for every gardener and farmer anywhere ever, is a learning experience. That is certainly true here at the NS/S Conservation Center, where every year we are growing different varieties that are often unfamiliar to many or all of us. It is also som... View Post
  • | Michelle Langmaid

    Adopt-A-Crop Update: Yoeme Blue Corn

    Last week we were admiring how robust and healthy the plot of Yoeme Blue Corn appeared, it had begun to tassle, and was reaching its mature height of 3-5 feet. Predictably, other community members had also noticed; mostly fig beetles and aphids, but also leaf-footed bugs, striped cucumber beetles, and corn earworm. It’s a veritable multi-generational mixer out there.  View Post